Some of the Best Coffee in Perth’s CBD

byBlake Kelleway
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City slickers, we know you need your hit of caffeine. We’ve rounded up our favourite CBD coffee spots, whether you’re grabbing a quick cup on the go or are looking for your next casual meeting spot.

Smooth Operator

How could you resist those seductive eyes? Staring at you from Smooth Operator’s signature cups, you’ll be ordering another batch brew before you know it. Although 2019 saw their relocation to a new shop a few doors down the road, they’ve still got the same high-quality coffee game, with a super stylish fit-out to match.

Shop 4/938 Hay Street (Enter on Milligan Street)

Howard’s Groove

How can a space be both bright and airy, while being sultry and moody? Somehow, Howard’s Groove manages this seemingly impossible feat. A partnership between the aforementioned Smooth Operator and local favourites Twin Peaks Coffee Roasters, you can rest assured the cafe has pretty top-notch coffee credentials. While Smooth Operator is pocket sized and best suited for takeaway, Howard’s Groove has more seating available for when you need to hit pause for a moment.

22 Howard Street


All of the expertise, experience, and passion for coffee-making accrued through years of running six other cafe ventures is distilled into Hemingway. A love letter to coffee, from the father and son duo behind Mo Espresso Group, the cafe is defined both by its excess, and its refinement. Extravagantly whizz-bang gear – like the hypnotic Poursteady, swirling and darting between pourovers, or the super-sleek Modbar espresso machine, keep the coffee centre-stage, while both the menu and fit-out are pared-back perfection.

Central Park, 2/152-158 St Georges Terrace


If you’re chasing a friendly face to help wake you up alongside a killer coffee hit, Playa Coffee serves both up in spades from 6.30am every weekday morning. Roasting glorious beans from the team at Twin Peaks, you’ll also find it difficult to leave without a little snack. They sling some of the bagels and brekky burgers in the city, make sure you get in early because it’s a popular little joint for all the above reasons and more. Even better – just order ahead.

15-17 William Street

Arlo by Mo

Speaking of Mo Espresso Group, another jewel in the Mo crown is Arlo. Nestled at the base of Brookfield Place, Arlo pairs a stellar brunch and lunch menu, with suitably impressive coffee offerings. This light-filled cafe is the perfect spot for your next casual coffee meeting.

Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace


We’ve said it before, but we’re a sucker for the opulent surrounds of the State Buildings. We’d take any excuse to head there, but for Telegram? We’d head to the ends of the earth. This chic, timber-clad box is cranked open every morning to serve up some of Perth’s best coffee. Helmed by veteran barista Luke Arnold, the itty-bitty Telegram packs a punch, with a reputation for consistency and attention to detail – which now extends all the way to roasting their own beans out of East Vic Park’s shared roasting operation Modern Coffee.

State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Low Down Espresso

If you’re anything like us, you struggle to remember a name the moment after you’ve been introduced to someone. Somehow, though, the team at Low Down have got not only names down pat, but will somehow figure out where you’re sitting, too. Is it a mnemonic? We reckon their coffees must just be that magical. A super popular spot for nearby coffee fiends that often sees a line out the door, never fear: they also make them at a seemingly supersonic speed, so you never have to wait long.

Cloisters Arcade, Shop 10/865 Hay Street

Offshoot Coffee

It’s easy to feel cynical about the ever expanding Mary Street Bakery empire, but as we’ve already made clear in countless articles – they’re just too good at what they do. Whether they’re slinging some of our favourite sausage rolls, donuts or sandwiches, they consistently deliver on quality, and Offshoot is no different. Roasting the Mary Street’s signature beans, the cafe is a coffee-focused outpost of the brand, although there are plenty of recognisable treats available grab-and-go. Besides the high standard of coffee, these guys are also doing it with an impressive level of cheerful service.

Shop 2, 480 Hay Street

Murray Mews

A true double threat, while Murray Mews may be a fantastic little bar tucked down Wolf Lane off Murray Street, we can’t stop going back for the coffee and delicious breakfast menu. If you’re ever looking to impress someone with your knowledge of the city while simultaneously showing them an epic meal, take ’em down this tucked away little lane and you’re sorted. Their on-going support of live music is also super commendable (especially now), so don’t be afraid to head back later in the day for some happy hour specials from 5-6pm.

329 Murray Street

Pick from the editor…

Little SoHo Coffee Co.

182 St Georges Terrace, Perth

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Cover photo of Hemingway Cafe