You’re never more than a minute away from a great caffeine fix in the city centre and Albert Street is no exception. Whether you live or work in the neighbourhood, you’re taking a peek from the viewing platform down into the City Rail Link tunnels or checking out the facelift the lower part of the street is getting - here’s a rundown of the best spots to grab a cup of liquid happiness.

Guerilla espresso

Guerilla Espresso

With a blackboard art wall that’s always changing and freshly home-baked goodies, Guerilla is packed with creative, friendly vibes. They also boast one of the better ranges of alternative milks and additions - have you tried an espresso with coconut oil to get you buzzing for the day?

Hello Mister

Hello Mister

Vietnamese coffee is wondrous, and thankfully Hello Mister underneath AMP Tower have us covered on that front. Here it comes iced with your choice of coconut or dairy milk - and you’ll probably find yourself leaving with a zingy banh mi or rice paper rolls too!

Bespoke coffee

Bespoke Coffee

Get a hyperlocal shot of espresso at Bespoke, with the house Allpress beans roasted just over the hill in Victoria Park. You can get a shot of history while you’re here too - the bluestone wall opposite Bespoke dates back to 1880. As part of the City Rail Link construction, this relic will be moved - stone by stone - one metre to the east to make room for the tunnels.



If you like a bargain without sacrificing on fair trade and organic values, Coffix is the spot for you. At just $3 for a double-shot regular cup and with no additional charges (!) for soy, decaf, extra shots and syrups, Coffix will make your wallet and your tastebuds very happy.



This city centre institution is perfect for that midday pick-me-up-in-a-cup accompanied by a satisfying bite. There’s a line every lunchtime for their classic design-your-own sandwich and salad bar, and rightfully so - the selection is fresh, tasty, varied and well-priced.

Kingston Street Cafe

Just up past the District Court, this Tongan-owned cafe serves up the goods with super tasty house-baked fresh scones, muffins and cookies. They’re speedy too - they’ll get you your coffee in under a minute!

Mojo Quay Street

Mojo Quay Street

When we said earlier that a good coffee isn’t more than a minute away in the city centre, we probably could have said that a good Mojo coffee’s not more than a minute away - this is one of about ten in the heart of the city. This one is notable for its views out over the water and ferry terminal and for the professional crowd it attracts from the tower above.

Little Albert Coffee

Little Albert Coffee

This super cute little coffee cart is a great place to grab a well made takeaway coffee topped off with insta-worthy latte art next time you’re in the area.

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa Baa Black Sheep Cafe

Grab an espresso, a chemex coffee or a fresh juice or smoothie at this corner cafe and head outside to the tiny postage stamp of astroturf with two tables. It’s a unique and very urban vantage point from which to sit back and watch city life go by!

From now until mid-December, every time you spend at a business in the Albert Street area, you can enter into a fortnightly draw to win $500 worth of Albert Street vouchers! Click here for more info.

Last updated: 15 November 2019