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.
New job meant new places to eat and we made a booking at Madeline’s at Jells which is located right inside Jells Park by the lake. It’s a very cosy venue and the staff were quite friendly. We were shown to our table and BAM we started ordering because, well, everyone was super duper hungry.
It was a family day out and whilst shopping, mumsy and daddy bear got a touch thirsty, thirsty for some caffeine. Luckily we were shopping in Emporium and a cute little cafe named Cafe Blush caught our eye. Cafe Blush is a Japanese inspired cafe and mumsy bear thought it was the cutest cafe ever. We were greeted by friendly staff who showed us to our table immediately.
Mumsy bear got a cappuccino and it was totes creamy. However, it wasn’t smooth or strong at all and it wasn’t fragrant either which was disappointing.
Cappuccino – $4
The legendary Lune Croissanterie. Croissant lovers all know about this cult eatery and all the lining up you have to do in the original Fitzroy store and since I’m not really a morning person, I’ve never done it. So when they opened up a store on Collins Street, it means I can definitely check it out. So when I had a free weekday, I took mumsy and daddy bear into the city to check out Lune.
I’ve been meaning to check out the local scene and I’m getting there slowly one cafe at a time and the next one on the list is The Rusty Owl. Conveniently located right opposite to Mooroolbark Station and in front of the cafe has plenty of parking too so getting there wouldn’t be difficult at all. Walking in we were greeted by lovely staff and you can instantly tell that the customers that come in are regulars and definitely locals.
Piatella Cafe Bar sits in the heart of the eating strip in Glen Waverley and that means parking will be a b***h. However, when we got inside, it was very cosy and welcoming. We put our order through the day before since we had a group of 7 and needed to finish lunch in 1.5hours. Unfortunately, our food did not arrive until 1 hour later without any explanation or the staff coming over to let us know which was very disappointing. Let’s move onto the food.
The pumpkin gnocchi was very rich but the flavour was so delish. It was very pumpkin-y but it was a very heavy dish and I didn’t manage to finish half of the dish at all.
Pumpkin Gnocchi – $26
Potato gnocchi cooked in a creamy pumpkin sauce with tender chicken breast, pork-prosciutto, roasted pine nuts and baby spinach
Since I haven’t had a date with mumsy bear in a while, I decided that a brunch date was in order. I didn’t want her to travel too far so we decided to head to Mama Bear in Flemington for some mummy daughter time. There’s a few parking spots in the back streets and there is a tram that goes near Mama Bear so transportation isn’t an issue. Mama Bear is located in a warehouse looking venue and the staff are super friendly and efficient. We made a reservation online and immediately got a table.
Any time is brunch time and when we had a free weekend, we checked out Breakfast Thieves in Fitzroy. It looked a little warehouse-y but i was quite cosy and the staff were super friendly when you enter through the doors. There’s plenty of parking around too don’t fret. Now we started off with a latte and this was quite average.
Latte – $4
Shanklin Cafe is rated very highly on zomato and you can imagine how excited I was when I was invited to drop by. HELL to the YEAH! Located on the main road, it can be hard to miss BUT if you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll know where it is from all the customers sitting outside brunching the day away. We walked in and was greeted by very friendly and chillaxing staff.
Since having moved to Croydon I haven’t really checked out the local scene so when Mr D suggested to have a brunch date, I surely had to agree. Wondering around, we decided to check out Blackwork. Blackwork looks like it could be a cafe in the city with it’s chic interior, Proud Mary coffee and uber cool menu. There’s ample of parking across the road and it does get quite busy on a weekend so make sure you get in early.