Melbourne Moonshine

History tells us that ‘Moonshine’ was rife during the prohibition era in the USA, when corn mash was used to make distilled spirit in secrecy at night. Today the distillation of alcohol is legal in Australia if one has the appropriate license, and ‘Melbourne Moonshine’ specialises in this popular ‘clear liquor’. For several years Melbourne […]

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 […]

Sonido

Sonido screams happiness. This small yet vibrant cafe features a colourful interior, with retro furniture, and traditional Colombian paraphernalia that includes a statue of Baby Jesus and Mother Mary. Located on Fitzroy’s hip Gertrude Street, this seven year old cafe was opened by a Colombian couple that brought their culture to Melbourne’s cafe scene. The moment […]

Streat

I first came across the social enterprise STREAT back in 2012, when they were in Flemington. Having a background in Psychology and community service, it was with great delight that I discovered a café that helps disadvantaged youths find their way in life. Coffee and a supportive training academy- two of my favourite things. They […]

Age of Sail

Throughout history sailors took to the seas in search of distant shores and in a similar sense, the folks of Glen Iris drifted towards the inner city for quality focused cafés. That was until Age of Sail opened at Stockland Tooronga Shopping Centre. They changed the long held belief that you couldn’t find specialty coffee […]

Platform 7 Cafe

Take a trip out to the eastern suburbs, and you’ll soon discover Glen Waverley’s latest resident, Platform 7.  It’s just off the main street known as Kingsway, which in recent times has established itself as a popular dining and entertainment precinct.  Brought to us by Chen Chen, Platform 7 is the younger brother of Hash […]

PENTA

What’s behind a name? Depth and meaning, for starters. Penta is taken from the Greek word for five – which is the number of people behind this Elsternwick space- Julien Moussi, Kristy-Lea Deva, Nicky Campbell, Cory Slater and Stuart Deva. These 5 hospitality veterans are also behind numerous successful Melbourne cafes, such as Tinker of […]