Best Cafes For A Client Meeting In The CBD

Cafes, Drink, Drinks Guide, Sydney / 11 March 2020

Want a venue that will seal the deal? Make sure to visit one of the best cafes for a client meeting in the CBD.

Tired of conference rooms and crowded meeting spaces? Whether you’re trying to win a pitch or impress a potential client, first impressions are everything. And, picking the right venue is just as important. So, we’ve curated our go-to guide to the best cafes for a client meeting in Sydney’s CBD.

Client Cafe CBD Sydney

Cross Eatery, Clarence Street

Despite finding its home in the lobby of an office tower, Cross Eatery is much more than a grab-and-go destination. This airy, open-plan cafe is flooded with natural light and lined with rows of light timber tables and bench seating, making it a favourite for client meetings over coffee. And when it comes to brewing the perfect cup, these guys have teamed up with Mecca Coffee as their beans of choice. Pull up a seat, order brekkie (or a nourishing lunch of hearty salad bowls, sandwiches and more) and impress your client at this perfect meeting spot.

Find Cross Eatery at 155 Clarence Street, Sydney. Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 4pm.

Client Cafe CBD Sydney

Bowery Lane, O’Connell Street

Think you’ve stepped into a Manhattan coffee shop? Think again. Bowery Lane feels more late-night restaurant than a daytime cafe, which makes it a fantastic spot to take a client for an important meeting. Set in the heart of the CBD, this New-York inspired cafe and restaurant is the perfect spot to score a gourmet breakfast or delicious lunch. Sip your way through fresh juices and single-origin coffee or settle in for a leisurely long lunch at this client-friendly CBD spot.

Find Bowery Lane at 1 O’Connell Street Sydney. Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm.

Client Cafe CBD Sydney

Kitchen by Mike, Bent Street 

For fresh, seasonal and wholesome eats served with care, you can’t go past Kitchen by Mike in the Sydney CBD. This bustling dining room is the perfect spot to host a client for breakfast or lunch, delivering acclaimed chef Mike McEnearney’s famous canteen-style eats. Expect simple, nourishing plates and re-imagined daytime favourites. For breakfast, you’ll be greeted with sourdough toast, handmade crumpets, bacon butty and more while lunch serves up an ever-changing buffet of seasonal salads, woodfired bread and your choice of protein.

Find Kitchen by Mike at 1 Bent Street, Sydney. Open for Breakfast weekdays from 7am to 11am, Lunch weekdays from 11:30am to 3pm and Dinner Tues to Sat from 5:30pm till late.

Client Cafes Sydney CBD

The Grounds of the City, George Street

Brunch lovers will be well acquainted with the iconic Alexandria outpost of The Grounds. But if you’re searching for a client-friendly cafe in the heart of the city, The Grounds of the City is the next best thing. This Parisian-bistro-inspired cafe and restaurant exudes an era of old school charm, with plush booth seats made to host your next important client meeting. By day you’ll find coffee, brunch eats and pastries on the menu while by night this cafe serves up delicious cocktails, pasta, premium meats and so much more.

Find The Grounds of the City at 500 George Street, Sydney. Open Monday 7am to 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday 7am to 9pm, Friday 7am to 10pm, Saturday 8am to 10pm and Sunday 8am to 9pm.

Client Cafes Sydney CBD

Industry Beans York Street

Bringing a slice of Melbourne coffee culture to the Sydney CBD, Industry Bean’s York Street outpost is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Set inside one of the CBD’s stunning heritage buildings, this lofty architecturally designed space is guaranteed to impress any client. Expect classic brunch dishes (such as smashed avo, brekkie rolls, burgers and more) treated with a creative twist, along with delicious coffee roasted by the crew from Industry Beans. Grab a seat in the window, pull out your laptop and seal the deal at this client-friendly CBD cafe.

Find Industry Beans Sydney at 38-40 York Street, Sydney. Open weekdays from 7am to 6pm and weekends from 8am to 4pm.

Client Cafes Sydney CBD

Devon Cafe, Barangaroo

Fine dining and casual cafe eats collide at Devon Cafe’s latest Barangaroo outpost. Set in the thriving Barangaroo precinct, this cafe delivers elevate brunch-inspired dishes that will leave a great impression on any important client. For those with a taste for something a little different, Devon Cafe is just the cafe to visit. Swing by for an indulgent brekkie of ‘Shrooms on Toast’ or a Japanese-inspired ‘Egg Sando’, or visit for a lavish lunch of Mentaio Pasta (a squid ink pasta with Mentaiko sauce, prawns, mussels and caviar), Wagyu steak or even a gourmet sambo loaded with grilled chicken, portobello mushroom katsu and so much more.

Find Devon Cafe at Shop 19, 200 Barangaroo Avenue Barangaroo. Open Monday to Friday 7am to 4:30pm and weekends from 9am to 4:30pm. 

Client Cafes Sydney CBD

Hills Bros Cafe, Martin Place

In a luxe marble foyer in Martin Place, you’ll find a destination for coffee lovers and brunch fiends alike. Hills Bros might be on the smaller side of the cafe spectrum but it certainly packs a flavourful punch. Perfect for intimate client meetings expect a curated menu of eats infused with flavours from around the globe, including warm Brown Rice Congee, smashed avo, Mexican-inspired tacos and more. Plus, with specialty coffee brews from Reuben Hills, you’re guaranteed to score a delicious coffee, too.

Find Hills Bros at 5 Martin Place, Sydney. Open weekdays from 7am to 4:30pm. 

Client Cafes Sydney CBD

The Fine Food Store, The Rocks

Want to host your next client meeting in one of Sydney’s most historic inner-city neighbourhoods? Head to The Rocks and make a bee-line for The Fine Food Store, a hidden gem in the laneways of the CBD. With a mix of both indoor and outdoor seating, pull up a chair and get ready for a productive meeting powered by single-origin coffee and delicious seasonal eats.

Find The Fine Food Store at the Cnr of Kendall and Mill Lane, The Rocks. Open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 4pm and Sundays 7:30am to 4pm. 

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