It wasn’t until new broke of Pokemon GO fans flocking to Altona Beach, that I realised how popular this western suburb was. Living on the other side of the Westgate Bridge, unwittingly meant I have often neglected the western side of town. I’ve always seen the turn off on the Westgate freeway while travelling to Geelong, but admittedly, I’ve never stopped by to traverse the streets of Altona in search of coffee. That was until now. I made the choice to take the Millers Road turn off, and head for the beach. As the road neared the beach, I discovered an unassuming café on the right hand side. Seemingly, Bezirk has been here for overs year, and has obviously built a great reputation. The place was packed out upon arrival, and the room was full of energy. Friendly staff didn’t waste a minute to seat me, and at my request, I sat at the front window looking out towards to beach. Perusing the menu, I soon learnt the meaning behind Bezirk was as deep as the bay is wide. Long story short, Bezirk Altona Café translates to Altona District Café.
Historically, Altona was named in the 1800s by a German man, after the borough of Altona in Hamburg. Bezirk meaning district, it serves as local café owned as run by Altona residents. Staff and Suppliers are all locals, and the café is focused on supporting local traders, and providing the local community with quality nourishments and coffee. So much so, the café even grows oyster mushrooms in their used coffee grounds, and share the coffee grounds with a neighbour, who uses it in his garden to grow herbs that the café then uses. Hows that for putting into practice the notion, ‘In giving we receive’!
The knowledgeable barista, Lauren, told me about their coffee, from the Kenyan Cold Drip brewing on the side wall, to the house blend running through the La Marzocco Linea. I opted for a long black, made up of beans from Baroida Estate, Papua New Guinea; El Manzano, El Salvador, and Nyabumera, Rwanda. This carefully crafted seasonal blend had a solid body, with sweet caramel notes.
The all-day breakfast menu has all the popular Melbourne café fare options, such as Eggs Benedict; Smashed Avocado; French Toast; and Savoury Breakfast Bowls loaded with greens, and halloumi cheese. Being Child Friendly, they also have a kids menu, with a choice between pancakes, vegemite on toast, crumpets, Toasties, and Weet-Bix.
1A Millers Road
Altona VIC 3018