Following on from the last post about great Melbourne cafes, I couldn’t find an up-to-date definitive list of fab, new CBD cafes, so I made one, with a little help from my friends. Feel free to add your own…
Bon a Manger, 387 Little Bourke St (modelled on London’s Pret a Manger),
Tuckshop, 500 Bourke St, opened by cafe maestro and St Ali owner Salvatore Malatesta,
Cup of Truth, Degraves St subway (reportedly run by ex Vue de Monde guys)
Clem’s Island, on an island in the Yarra, via the Flinders St Station-Southbank walkway (no, I have no idea either, but will let you know if I ever find it).
65 Degrees, 309 Exhibition St, opened in Feb last year, the name refers allegedly to the perfect temp for coffee milk.
And further afield, the Age‘s round-up of the best 2010 openings are: Monk Bodhi Dharma (Balaclava), Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird (worth it for the name alone – heavens knows where Gardenvale is…), the Social Roasting Company (Flemington), Three Bags Full (Abbotsford, which I’ve been threatening to stagger down to for two months now), Nabiha (Moonee Ponds), Sonido! (Fitzroy), Dr Jekyll (St Kilda), the Premises (Kensington) and Coin Laundry (Armadale).
I’m also throwing Sydney icon Campos in there (144 Elgin Street Carlton) and Naked for Satan (285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) because I like the name and the cheap pinxtos and De Clieu (Gertrude St, Fitzroy) is on the list for its owners’ immaculate coffee pedigree.
And FYI hardened addicts, the winners of the Victorian Barista Championships, held last weekend, were: (winner) Caleb Pohcanski from roaster Five Senses, (second) Matt Perger from roaster and cafe Market Lane, in Prahran Market and (third) Erin Sampson from roasters Veneziano.