Darling Street Espresso, Moonee Ponds

Located next to a school sits a little cafe on the corner called Darling St Espresso. There’s ample of parking so you shouldn’t fret if you drop by here. Outside it looks quite ordinary but inside it’s real cosy with friendly staff. Walking in we could smell freshly made coffee and it smells so damn good.

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XS Roasting Kitchen, Mulgrave

Another work day another lunch place to check out and this time it was XS roasting kitchen. It was a quick lunch so we browsed the cabinet for some goodies instead of having a sit down meal prepared for us. The staff were friendly and it wasn’t super busy which was a surprise. There were plenty of seats inside and out, so depending on the weather there’s plenty of seating options.

I got a zaatar with salami, feta and tomatoes and it was pretty good. It was a touch on the salty side and I think (I forgot to take note of the price) it was $10 which is a bit on the expensive side.

XS Roasting Kitchen is a cute place for a quick lunch and I would love to come back and check out the rest of the menu.

Verdict: 🍷🍷🍷
Food: 🍷🍷🍷
Service: 🍷🍷🍷🍷
Value: 🍷🍷🍷

XS Roasting Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

3 Nexus Ct, Mulgrave VIC 3170
Tel: (03) 9560 0036
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Phat Milk, Travancore

What to do when you’ve got a free day? Brunch of course! Not wanting to go too far we headed to Phat Milk with the girlies for our brunch date. It was a cold and windy day in Melbourne and we quickly rushed into Phat Milk. There were a few tables at the front but there were plenty more at the back. We sat down, relaxed, and flicked through the menu. The staff was so patient while we decided what to get.

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Flovie Florist Cafe, Carlton

Flovie Florist Cafe is the new baby in Carlton, newly opened for 6 weeks and already there’s a queue on the outside. A place for brunch AND to buy flowers, it’s definitely a new concept in Melbourne and we’re loving it. It’s a very instagrammable cafe where it’s easily accessible, there’s a lot of pros to this place already. We arrived just before 10AM on a Sunday and got a table straight away because if we arrived even 5 minutes later, we would have been lining up outside.

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La Bohemia, Nobel Park

La Bohemia cafe is a little gem hidden away in Nobel Park. It’s small, cute and ran but friendly staff. We ordered our meals the day before (we had that day) so we could eat quickly and get back to the grind after lunch. The food came out quick smart and we were ready to chow down.

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Little Byrd, Ascot Vale

On the busy street of Union Road in Ascot Vale sits a humble cafe with a relaxed atmosphere and interior design. Little Byrd doesn’t have a massive sign out front but you know which one it is with locals sitting outside and inside laughing with their cup of coffe/tea/juice/chocolate. I thought it’ll be a great daddy daughter day and showed daddy bear the ropes of a Melbourne brunch.

Daddy bear got the long macchiato and holy smokes it was good. It was strong, it was full bodied AND it definitely had a huge punch to it and I can guarantee you that it’ll knock you straight into next week.

Long Macchiato – $4

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Arbor Cafe, Mulgrave

Lunch time again AND it’s time to check out the rest of Nexus court. Arbor cafe was also packed with people checking in on their lunch break and they have a sit down menu OR have a quick feed with scrumptious sandwiches or wraps. We stumbled in, order at the front and sat our booties down in anticipation of our food.

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57 Cafe Bar Restaurant, Pinewood

Work lunchies mean a new place to explore. 57 Cafe Bar Restaurant located on the outside of the Pinewood Shopping Centre and there’s plenty of parking around so it’s not too hectic. The staff were super friendly and we were a large group so we ordered the day before so the food could come out quick smart. Unfortunately, it came out so quite slow which was a shame. Now, back to the food.

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Stocksville, Ashwood

There’s a new guy in town and they’re serving up brunch, lunch and coffees – so I’m basically trying to say a cafe! Located 8 minutes from Chaddy, Stocksville sits just off the main road tucked away. Not so tucked away that no one knows about it because it definitely gets busy. Stylish, friendly and welcoming, Stocksville sure knows how to make you feel comfy and wanting to stay.

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Cafe Louis, Fitzroy

Cafes and brunches are a big part of Melbourne culture and there’s never a shortage of cafes to visit. One popped up four months ago in Fitzroy just off the busy streets of Brunswick Street. A very modest Cafe Louis on Moor street is very inviting and when you step inside, it’s so spacious that you’ll forget the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. Voted as one of the most beautiful cafes in Melbourne, you will definitely understand when you stepped inside, exactly how both Ms Curly Fries and I found out.

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