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Cafés in Melbourne CBD, Melbourne

 Explore the gorgeous cafes in Melbourne’s CBD

As Australia’s second-largest metropolis, the regional centre of the state of Victoria and a city frequently described as one of the world’s most liveable, Melbourne is a must-see on any visit to Oz. With the city’s thriving coffee culture just waiting to be sampled, there’s no excuse not to indulge in a little down time and let the baristas of the cafes of Melbourne’s CBD give you a well-deserved treat. And with Quandoo’s comprehensive listings of the best spots to visit, it’s easier than ever to find a comfy coffee bar to go to. Wherever in the city you're planning to go, you'll be spoiled for choice!

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Little Billy

Little Billy

Melbourne CBD
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4.9/644
Billy's Central

Billy's Central

Melbourne CBD
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4.5/64
Billy's Lane

Billy's Lane

Melbourne CBD
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5.0/61
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Cafe Keyif

Cafe Keyif

Melbourne CBD
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2.5/62
Raw Trader

Raw Trader

Melbourne CBD
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Charisma Workshop

Charisma Workshop

Melbourne CBD
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La Vita Cafe

La Vita Cafe

Melbourne CBD
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Bridie's Beanery

Bridie's Beanery

Melbourne CBD
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Cafe Mile

Melbourne CBD
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5.4/610

Dip In Cafe

Melbourne CBD
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5.5/64

Cuff Kitchen + Bar

Melbourne CBD
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4.5/62

Decoy Cafe

Melbourne CBD
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Bullrun Cafe

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    See a piece of history at cafes in Melbourne’s CBD

    It may be surprising to discover that, despite being one of the developed world’s most remote nations, Australia is known to many hot beverage guzzlers as one of the coffee capitals of the world. The cafes lining Melbourne CBD’s streets have their origins in immigration from European countries like Greece and Italy. Armed with their coffee-making equipment to remind them of home, they would jump on ships chasing a dream of a new life down under. Once settled into what would later become Melbourne’s CBD, budding cafe owners began making authentic coffee for their friends - and Australian coffee culture was born. Now, walking through Melbourne’s CBD cafes are on every street corner which carry that fascinating heritage. And it’s not just coffee on offer these days: you can enjoy tea, hot chocolate and more.
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    Discover local, national and international coffee varieties

    The cafes of Melbourne’s CBD sure do know how to source and roast top-quality beans. Many import coffee from around the world, while some choose to stay local and take advantage of the city’s selection of micro coffee-roasting companies. Australia has a thriving small coffee bean industry, and it’s believed to be one of the most natural, pesticide-free coffee industries in the world. Workers in the CBD visit Melbourne’s cafes on a daily basis, and their brewing method of choice is often espresso. Following in the footsteps of their Italian forebears, cafes in Melbourne’s CBD rarely make coffee with percolators or drip-filters - but milk and hot water are often added to make popular drinks like cappuccinos, flat whites and long blacks. Whatever sort of coffee you go for, the Australian government has even given its backing to a barista-specific qualification as part of its hospitality training schemes - so you’re likely going to be served by an expert!
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    Tour the streets of Melbourne’s CBD for great cafes

    Many of the city’s major attractions and icons like the Melbourne Aquarium, Flinders Street Station and the Immigration Museum have nearby coffee houses you can call into after a long day of sightseeing, so you’ll have plenty of choice. If you’re planning a shopping spree, the Queen Victoria Market on the corner of Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street offers plenty of opportunities for refreshments in between bargain-hunting. Or if you’re staying near one of the looming skyscrapers on King Street or William Street, you’re just beside the recently-renovated Docklands area by the Yarra River. Make the most of this part of Melbourne’s CBD by sampling cafes before heading back out for more exploring!
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    Break free of chains at cafes in Melbourne's CBD

    In most big cities around the world, there’s often a lot of similarities between the CBD cafes - not Melbourne's! Just one walk around the cafes in Melbourne’s CBD shows that’s there’s a real spirit of creativity and freedom, and most places are independently-owned and run. The top-notch coffee culture in place means that these independent cafes rule the roost, and there are only six Starbucks cafes in Melbourne’s CBD. While the city does have some coffee chains, they’re not international conglomerates - and they all come bursting with their own sense of character and an impeccable history of selecting the best blends and brewing quality cupfuls.
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    Go beyond coffee and enjoy something else in Melbourne CBD's cafes

    Coffee is one of Australia’s favourite hot beverages, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only choice. Tea is also a common choice for many cafe-goers, and for those with a sweet tooth, hot chocolate regularly appears alongside mochas and lattes on menus. And if you fancy something to eat alongside your hot drink, you’re in luck. Brunch is popular in many of the independent cafes all over Melbourne’s CBD, so consider combining your coffee drinking session with a late morning meal and sampling a local speciality like smashed avocado on toast. Or for an afternoon pick-me-up after exploring Melbourne’s CBD, cafes offer chocolate lamingtons - a delightfully fluffy sponge cake with chocolate, coconut and lashings of jam. What's not to love?