V Melb

  Clare Hu has done it again. Having successfully opened cafes in Ashburton, Sandringham, and South Yarra – She’s just launched ‘V Melb’ ; a concept space on Claremont Street. The motto here is ‘Very Vegan Vibes’, and the ethos is grounded in traceability, transparency, and sustainability. It’s a belief that good food should be […]

Percy’s Aeroplane

At the heart of Percy’s Aeroplane is a bright yellow La Marzocco Linea PB; and much like a pilot- head barista/owner Alex Jiang is the soul of this Kew café. Originally opened by Wes Lim, Percy’s Aeroplane was named after a World War 2 pilot who lived in Kew. A vintage model plane hangs above […]

St Martins

“Breakfast, lunch, and magic”. That’s what St Martins brings to Martin Street, Brighton. It’s the third café for Jim Marinis and his wife Mary-Jane Daffy, who also brought us Little Tommy Tucker in Bentleigh, and Glover Station in Elsternwick. Being located in the opulent beachside suburb of Brighton, St Martins takes a colourful approach, with […]

Fordham’s Milk Bar

I remember a time when there was a milk bar on every other corner, and I was quite literally like a kid in a candy store every time I visited one. Times have changed, and milk bars are a rarity now with the influx of 24 hour convenience stores and service stations. However, I still […]

Miss Marmalade

‘Miss Marmalade’ has been a resident of Brunswick for over 6 years now, and has gracefully preserved the charm of the Victorian terrace building she resides in.  The historic structure has a rendered façade, with tiled surrounds and a classic skillion verandah. Graeme Baker has been at this Union Street site for almost three years […]

Neck of the Woods

While in Geelong, I paid a visit to ‘Neck of the Woods’ café, which is the second venture for husband and wife duo (Greg and Georgie Matheson) who brought Fuel to Geelong- literally and figuratively. Neck of the Woods is located just down the road from the Geelong hospital, which is where Greg conceived of […]

Leroys

I’ve visited hundreds of cafes over the years, and have often wondered what makes some last the test of time, while others struggle to survive. Wally Dabab and Jason Lay seem to know the key to success, considering their Newport spot ‘Leroys managed to survive a ‘once in a lifetime storm’ last year… It not […]