Hands down below zero, this is one of the coolest cafes in the CBD. It has a feel of Fitzroy in the City which is exactly what Melbourne needs.
I generally find that CBD eateries lack atmosphere - it is time for a clean up of the 90s and Self Preservation is a good start.
Simple menu, great coffee, laptops all around and jewellery for sale at the back.
And the food is great - not just another Block Arcadesque place. I had a marinara for $20, lots of flavour and very fresh seafood. My friend had a celeriac and porcini mushroom soup - superbly made.
Will keep coming back.