There are a lot of cafes worth visiting here in Melbourne. Some get a little more press than others. This might be due to big names, big brands, being the current ‘it’ venue, and a range of other things that keep people and their places in the press. But it’s nice to remember that there are cafes out there that aren’t new, but are just as worthy of talking about. And visiting. Regardless of how long ago they made the front page for their opening. How about this weekend in fact, or next? Here are just two that deserve a mention, again.
Found off the beaten track, down Mitchell Street in Northcote, Red Door Corner Store is the perfect local café. Cute, cosy interior, tasty local produce-driven menu, good coffee, and good treats. It’s all you really need in a café, right? The entire back page of their menu details exactly where they source their produce. Free-range eggs from Villa Verde, milk from Saint David Dairy in Fitzroy, and free-range chicken from Bendigo. Get warm with their Flip Shelton’s Porridge with maple glazed banana, whipped coconut and peanut butter, chia seeds, pecans, cacao nibs, and almond milk – heavens above. Or maybe something a little more savoury with the cider slow braised pork shoulder eggs benedict served on English muffins with hollandaise sauce. The coffee is Proud Mary and is done very well.
As the name suggest, this café is found just off Chapel Street in South Yarra. Either wander in off Chapel through a Surfers Paradise type walkway of pop-up shops, or take the back route where you’ll find a coffee window and less people. This café does great coffee (including coconut milk for the lactose intolerant/health nuts among us) and simple but tasty food. Think smashed avocado served with chives, chilli and feta, Bircher muesli, porridge, and take away options in the cabinet from muffins to bliss balls. While it gets busy in the mornings with the AM caffeine rush, the days are slower, making it a nice place to keep to yourself if that’s what you’re after.