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Padre | East Brunswick

We’ve been living in Brunswick for two and a half years, a part of the world where the entry requirements include knowledge of specialty coffee (the border patrol stop everyone at Brunswick Road – we take your coffee credentials real serious around here). We have a number of favourite coffee roasters that we visit on a regular basis, and they all offer incredible brews, obviously. The first coffee roaster we would like to highlight is Padre. Practically a Brunswick coffee institution, originally named The East Brunswick Project, this project soon became the fully formed entity that has spread its wings across a number of Melbourne’s cafes. From East Elevation just down the road to newer places like Heresy in the CBD, their beans are readily available, and thank god too! There’s clearly something in the beans, because everyone who ever visits Padre comes away with a smile. Even the staff are fantastic, and we often visit at 7am on the dot; right when they open. Their shop is hard to miss on Lygon Street, with a strong black …

Shamble Coffee Brewers / Melbourne CBD

Melbourne CBD coffee options are constantly evolving. Once upon a time, there were the odd breakfast locations, like Hardware Societe or White Mojo, which had amazing coffee but were often so busy it was impossible to get a speedy takeaway. Recently however, there has been a rise in “coffee only” cafes around town. They are often quite small, and generally only operate Monday to Friday, offering little more than pastries and sweets. But their coffee is spectacular, and the people brewing the coffee have a real passion for their craft and the people that come in on a regular basis. Every street you walk down, you’re bound to find some of these cafes springing up. Having changed roles, and moving from the Lonsdale Street side of town to the Collins Street end, it’s opened up a world of opportunity in terms of these smaller coffee joints. Wandering up Little Collins Street, I came across a cafe. Not that I knew what it was called, only seeing a generic “Coffee” sign. Inside, the Spartan concrete flooring …

Trunk Diner / Melbourne CBD

The American inspired Trunk Diner is a charming all day diner up the Exhibition street end of the CBD. Fresh from our New York odessy, an American breakfast sounded like just the thing. There is both indoor and outdoor dining space, the indoor is small but comfortable. The wrap round windows give it a feeling of space and connection with the outside world. It’s almost hard to believe you’re in the heart of the city. We started our meal with coffee, it had a lovely creaminess with sweet honey notes to finish. Our first dish was the El Gringo. A Mexican inspired breakfast with chorizo and sweet corn chimichanga’s, refried beans, queso and fried eggs. The chimichanga was an absolute winner and perfectly fried, we would have liked more bulk to the dish though, more refried beans to act as a carrier. If you’re going to go for a Mexican breakfast, instead of all the heuvos rancheros going round, why not try this? We’re always in the mood for a eggs benedict, so our next …

Hobba / Prahan

Hobba is a warehouse cafe in the ever chic Prahan. It’s semi industrial with wonderful high ceilings and exposed wooden rafters. Think wolf den meets comfy cafe, at once both polished and raw. The den is comfortable and easy, and we loved the Some Young Punks appropriately wolf themed artwork. Our brew of choice was the Maverick blend from five senses. It had a rich and full flavour and creamy mouthfeel we adored. Our first choice from the menu was the ‘Hey Amigo’ Omelette, promising jalapeño, red onion, mint, parsley and corn. We frequently choose Mexican inspired breakfast dishes and this one was flavoursome with a nice kick while still being a relatively safe option. The serving size was generous and we were glad we didn’t add the optional extra, jamon serrano. Our next choice was something different for us, a savoury french toast. It was an incredibly cheesy toast and very crisp. It lost the softness in the centre but had all the richness of a sweet brioche french toast. It was served with bacon, …

White Mojo / Melbourne CBD

Located in one of Melbourne’s favourite food hang outs, you’ll find White Mojo in good company down Hardware Street. It’s a super stylish cafe, white and bright with soft light and alternative staff. We particularly loved the scattered tiling on the walls and how beautifully it toned with the table tops. We started with a latte, a fruity and balanced brew with a lovely aroma. We selected a summer treat off the menu, the Waffles! The presentation was over the top, with amazing lemon curd ice cream topped with a cone. The waffles itself were small but fluffy and well cooked though we were missing the nutella frosting advertised on the menu. The dried fruit was beautifully presentable and the strawberry and citrus sauces added extra punchiness. This was a perfect light, summery dish, a great treat and oh so instagrammable! Can’t get into White Mojo? Why not check out Hash, Bowery to Williamsburg or the Hardware Societie down the same laneway. Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest …

Tivoli Road Bakery / South Yarra

In the pretty, tree lined streets of South Yarra you’ll find the cute little bakery and coffee shop, Tivoli Road Bakery. The space is relatively small but we’ll configured with polished marble floors, a mesh of wood and white. The offerings are what you would expect, mostly just bakery items with some small meals available. Tivoli do a delicious coffee, creamy and strong with a nice mouthfeel. Our first choice of baked good was a rhubarb Danish. It had that nice golden colour you want to see and with light and crispy pastry. Filled with a creamy creme patisserie, we loved the combination of the soft rhubarb and the crunch of the pistachio. We were hoping for donuts, but the closest item they had when we visited was a morning bun. A crispy, croissant pastry delight filled with creme patisserie, plenty of sugar and raisins. It was our first foray into the morning bun and we would definitely choose them again. Tivoli Road is lovely spot and a must visit for South Yarra locals. Be …