FOOD & DRINK Features
The Most Unique Cafes in Melbourne
Melbourne is not short on delicious coffee and well designed establishments to sip them in. So how can a café stand out from the crowd? Here are Melbourne’s most interesting cafes that are doing things a little differently.
77-79 Nicholson Street
What started as a cafe has now transformed into a three-in-one mecca for foodies with Pope Joan Café, their bar (previously known as Bishop of Ostia) and their produce store Hams and Bacon. Renowned Melbourne Chef Matt Wilkinson has always been adamant on serving seasonal produce that is sourced locally. Their Astroturf-laden outdoor area is perfect for sipping café lattes or gin cocktails. And we can never go past their Corninsh Roll, filled with chicken, stuffing and jalapenos served piping hot and wrapped in foil.
141 La Trobe Street
The creative use of space at this recently opened café is astonishing. The area is divided into cubbyholes and work pods, not dissimilar to an oversize playhouse. While they might be light on lunch offerings their sweet treats are plentiful and many are gluten free. They will also be hosting design markets once a month beginning in February. This place is perfect if you need an impromptu office or a quiet corner to read the paper.
Little Mule Cycle Co. & Café
19 Somerset Place
Every year more Melbournians are choosing to commute to work and move around the city via bicycle. In light of this, Little Mule Cycle Co. & Café has what you need, whether it’s a delicious cheesy melt or a new bike pump. Located on Somerset Place (just off Little Bourke St) Little Mule also hosts Laneway Learning, which are contemporary classes that cover everything from philosophy lectures to terrarium building. What are you waiting for? On ya bike!
Grigons & Orr
445 Queensbury Street
North Melbourne, 3051
If you’re looking for the charm of a country town corner store close to the heart of the city, head to Grigons & Orr for malt milkshakes and assorted lolly bags. There are plenty of homemade treats on offer and the shelves behind the counter are packed with groceries you can actually purchase. They have a box full of crochet blankets to wrap yourself up in during the colder months, but for now enjoy their outdoor area with a homemade iced tea, made with English breakfast, honey, lemon and lime.
531 Nicholson Street
North Carlton, 3054
At first glance this looks like a great place to take children, with colourful pencils placed in tins on every table and drawings from customers hang proudly from the ceiling. In truth, it’s a lot of fun for adults as well. Crafternoon serve an all day breakfast menu and some fantastic home made sweets, and they also run knitting and other craft classes after hours.
Writer & Photographer – Hannah. V