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What’s open for takeaway coffee and lunch in the CBD

If you’re working in the city right now you need access to the essentials. And what’s essential for work? Coffee. Here are some cafes ready to get you fed and caffeinated.

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Power your daily grind with coffee

Top end

  • People’s coffee has what you need to stay caffeinated, from straight up batch brew to almond milk lattes. Not keen for coffee? Get a soy chai, coconut turmeric latte or hot choc to go.
  • Feel fresh and fancy with a superfood feast from brand new Bowls Baby. Feast on bowls loaded with halloumi, falafel, melt in the mouth beef and more. Pair it with the sweet potato chips and a vegan double PB smoothie for good measure.
  • Open midday to midnight, City Wine Shop is offering coffee and toasties for lunch on the go. They’re also offering retail wine sales, so grab a bottle and a couple of toasties, and you’ve got dinner for two.
  • Spring Street Grocer is primed and ready to serve you coffee and a swag of fresh deli goods to take home for lunch.
  • Get your serious caffeine on at Axil Coffee Roasters. The Flinders Lane branch is a small operation, perfect for a quick coffee and pastry hit.
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Bowls Baby

Central city

  • Italian home cooking is the name of the game at Cafe Babbo in Lonsdale Street. Takeaway an authentic espresso and check out the new $10 menu for pasta and focaccia.
  • If you have to catch the train to Flinders Street Station for work, Cup of Truth in the Campbell Arcade is open. Its coffee machines are ready to keep commuters caffeinated.
  • Grab a takeaway from Sensory Lab, that perfect, sci-fi brew bar. Their baristas are ready to craft your perfect coffee, so stop by soak up that aroma while you wait for your takeaway.
  • Nestled down a small alleyway in the heart of Melbourne, LB2 serves an array of specialty coffees from Axil and Cartel.
  • Beloved Flinders Lane oasis, Journal Café, is serving their excellent takeaway coffee, bites and bevs. Keep an eye on their opening hours.
  • Oli & Levi have reopened their coffee shops for takeaway. Find them at four city locations – Galleria, Bourke Street, Coromandel Place and Collins Street.
  • Grab a little black box to go. Japanese-inspired coffee and katsu sando bar Saint Dreux is open daily for takeaways.
  • Fancy a treat to brighten your day? Grab a perfectly decorated cupcake and a coffee at Little Cupcakes. Their William Street location is open for takeaway.
  • Tucked away in a converted warehouse in Guildford Lane is the stunning Krimper Cafe. Schulim Krimper designed and built some of Melbourne’s most well-known 60s-70s furniture. Open for takeaway caffeine and bites.
  • Still in Degraves, cuter-than-cute espresso bar Tulip is open now and ready to meet your caffeine needs.
  • Or get your fix at The Quarter on Degraves, a classic laneway spot for takeaway coffee and lunch bites.
  • Has all that iso eating taken its toll? Help is at hand! Let clean-eating café Seedling set you back on the right path with takeaway from one of their two CBD locations.
  • Cheaper than a plane fare to Roma, Caffe E Torta is open again in Royal Arcade and serving takeaway coffee and bites.
  • Dotted around the city you’ll find Earl Canteen serving up wholesome, convenient lunches for hungry workers. Grab a freshly made salad and a brownie to go – remember, it’s all about balance.
  • Tucked away in Howey Place, The Alley Edition serves up  takeaway coffee and sweet treats with a smile. The lunch menu keeps it simple with ham and cheese toasties and fresh sandwiches.
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Saint Dreux


  • Head to Operator 25 for specialty coffee and Asian-influenced café classics. Grab a Code Black cuppa and a char siu benny to go.
  • If you think toast and coffee are a match made in heaven, then you’ll love Kings and Knaves. It’s an espresso and toast bar, so you can start your working day right with a cup of coffee and cosy piece of toast. Expect some tasty toppings.
  • Swing by Melbourne’s famous Market Lane  and get a coffee to savour. This branch is in Queen Victoria Market so you can stock up on something fresh for lunch later. The Collins Street store is open for takeaway too.
  • For those who love their doggos, especially greyhounds, Gap Café’s takeaway window is still open for coffee and good, doggy vibes.
  • For market-goers who need a quick pick-me-up, Market Espresso is open and brewing. Go for the coffee, stay for the pancetta and egg rolls.
  • Also at the market, small batch roasters Coffea Coffee are open and serving up the good stuff. Don’t leave without sampling their signature Castagnaccio

West end

  • 5 & Dime are up and serving up coffee and their perfect New York-style bagels. Order a poppy bagel and pimp your cream cheese with bacon jam.
  • Hungry? Warm up with a flaky, fresh-baked cheese and spinach gozleme or borek from Goz City, and a coffee to go. Since you’re there, why not double down and buy some frozen to take home for dinner?
  • Tiny coffee temple, Patricia, has reopened for takeaway coffee. Come on by for that perfect filter coffee you’ve missed so much.