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HOT: Axil Coffee Roasters, 322 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn

Why did the blogger (who doesn’t drink coffee) cross town to visit Axil Coffee Roasters in Hawthorn? No, not to get to the other side. Because Axil Coffee Roasters do more than just roast coffee – they put on a magnificent spread from the kitchen, 7 days a week starting from the wee hours of the […]

HOT: Common Galaxia, Shop 3/130 Victoria St, Seddon

Common Galaxia sounds like a solar system from outer space, but in fact this cafe’s name derives from something more prosaic – Common Galaxias are silvery little whitebait which are found in the nearby Maribyrnong river (and in many rivers around the world). I really like the poetic tale about them on the website ‘The […]

HOT: Lavazza Gran Riserva Blend Launch, Sosta Cucina, 12 Errol St, North Melbourne

It’s been a long time between visits to Sosta Cucina but I was happily reminded by how much I like this North Melbourne stalwart. It’s the kind of place that I’d love to have as my Italian local – the mainly Northern Italian menu is delicious and unpretentious and the owners, executive chef Maurice Santucci […]

The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2013

The 2013 edition of The Age Good Cafe Guide is in stores today – are your favourites listed? While I am not a coffee drinker I have reviewed several of the award-winning establishments noted with a *. These cafes won top honours:          Eftpos Best Cafe: Auction Rooms* (North Melbourne)          Best Coffee: Axil […]

HOT: Industry Beans, Warehouse 3, Cnr Rose St & Fitzroy St (enter from Fitzroy St), Fitzroy

How do you convince a non-coffee drinker to drink coffee? Wrap it up in some fancy science and serve it with a smile. Regular readers of this blog will know that I don’t drink coffee. It’s one of my few weirdly inconsistent food habits – I will happily eat coffee cake and coffee ice cream, but […]

HOT: St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North

St Ali North is a cafe that ticks all the boxes for me. In fact, it’s almost as if they gathered a focus group of one (me) and asked what I wanted from a cafe. Let’s see now…an easy distance from my house via public transport or bike, an interesting menu using good quality produce, […]

HOT: Monk Bodhi Dharma, Rear 202 Carlisle St, Balaclava

What do you expect to find in a supermarket carpark? Cars, trolleys, a rubbish skip and maybe some delinquent kids? Certainly not the coolest cafe-in-a-brick-shed in town. Monk Bodhi Dharma sounds like the temple for some Eastern cult, but in fact it’s a fabulous rustic cubbyhouse cafe nestled away from the bright flourescence of the […]

HOT: The Maling Room, 206 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury

At first glance, the sign for The Maling Room looks like The Mailing Room. Which is an apt name for the airy cafe housed in a Victorian era former post office, its faux majestic columns hailing the entrance to the little village street known as Maling Road. Maling Road is a favourite pram-pushing destination for […]

HOT: St Ali, 18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

No doubt many of you have heard of St Ali, the cafe and specialty coffee purveyors who are one of a handful of places responsible for Melbourne’s love affair with ‘third wave’ coffee. Well, I don’t drink coffee, so this puts me at a disadvantage when a reviewing a place such as St Ali. However, […]

HOT: Penny Farthing Espresso, 206 High St, Northcote

Penny Farthing Espresso is a cute combination of the bygone era of top hats and handlebar moustaches with insouciant Northcote coolness. The cafe first caught my eye because of the fabulous steampunk bicycle in the window. Apparently it’s a working apparatus, although the penny farthing enthusiast who built it has only ridden it twice…and fallen off […]

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