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What’s open for coffee and lunch in the CBD

If you’re working out of the office 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

Central city

  • Italian home cooking served all day long is the name of the game at Cafe Babbo in Lonsdale Street. Takeaway an authentic espresso and some heavenly pizza by the slice.
  • 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.
  • Sensory Lab, that perfect, sci-fi brew bar, is back open. Their baristas are ready to craft your perfect coffee, so stop by with time to spare and soak up that aroma.
  • Nestled down a small alleyway in the heart of Melbourne, LB2 serves an array of speciality coffees from Axil and Cartel.
  • Beloved Flinders Lane oasis, Journal Café, is back open and serving coffee and lunch from 8am to 2pm. Lose yourself in a book while enjoying a socially distanced flat white.
  • 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 Degraves Street store has reopened.
  • 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. The large space offers many seating options, so stop by for a coffee and a bite to eat.
  • Nestled in the heart of Degraves Street sits all-day diner, The Quarter. Whether you’re in need of a coffee or a cocktail, this Euro-inspired café has you covered.
  • Iconic Degraves Espresso is back open for business and serving some of the street’s best coffee. With hearty soups and mulled wine, it’s the perfect place to cosy up this winter.
  • Still in Degraves, cuter-than-cute espresso bar Tulip is open now and ready to meet your caffeine needs.
  • Has all that iso eating taken its toll? Help is at hand! Let clean-eating café Seedling set you back on the right path at one of their two CBD locations.
  • Cheaper than a plane fare to Roma, Caffe E Torta is open again in Royal Arcade and serving their signature cakes, coffee and a ragu just like Nonna’s.
  • 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.
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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.
  • Have you missed a serious coffee during lockdown? 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 now open 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.

Top end

  • 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.)
  • Cumulus Inc. has reopened – hooray! – so you can stop by for a perfect coffee and a delicious lunch as the sun streams in through those pretty windows.
  • 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.
  • Collins Coffee House has also reopened. Swing by for coffee or a specialty latte (think turmeric, matcha, chai and more).
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Produce from Spring Street Grocer

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.