So apparently Slowpoke is another name for a slowcoach, i.e. someone who dawdles and lingers. This makes sense, because once you walk into this charming spot, you probably want to linger for hours, soaking up the atmosphere. Well, at least I did.  When I poked my nose into this sun drenched Brunswick Street café, and was taken by the use of recycled timber throughout the venue. It seems they have taken an assortment of timber off cuts, and crafted the striking wall which also seconds as shelving, and also constructed a rustic counter and tables.  Out back you’ll even find an open fireplace, which will be a blessing as the cold weather starts to settle into Melbourne.

The kitchen is squeezed in behind the counter, and the menu emphasises organic and ethically sourced produce. The menu features Shakshuka, Baked Beans with chevre and roast potatoes, Smashed egg and lettuce on a brioche bun, and Smoked mackerel & cheddar open toastie with whipped ricotta.

Coffee Supreme fills their hoppers, and their house blend is both balanced and smooth, with malt tones.



Slowpoke Espresso.
157 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC 3065


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