All the stars seem to have aligned for couple Cody Nesbit and Tash Strachan, when they opened their first café with Tash’s sister Chloe last year.  ‘Kodama’, which is named after Japanese spirits made popular in the 1997 film, Princess Mononoke, has undeniably made its mark in Williamstown; and in light of how busy it […]


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 […]

Terror Twilight

Bedford Street underwent some transformations recently, and is now known as Terror Twilight. It seems Hootan Heydari and Jono Hill decided it was time they turn the Johnston Street all day diner into a health conscious café with food that’s not only food for you, but good to eat. The only remnant from the old […]


“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” It was only a matter of time before Nick Gardiner opened another café. I first met him back when he was a barista at Woodstock on High Street Armadale, which many of you will now know as MOBY. Nick then teamed up with Jessie Feldy to open Gardiner […]


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 […]

The Hatter and the Hare

Discovering wonderland, at Bayswater’s ‘The Hatter and the Hare.’ Much like Alice, I followed my impulses and dived into the metaphoric rabbit hole. Rather than finding myself in another realm, what I discovered was a marvellous café in the outer eastern suburb of Bayswater. Unlike Alice, I didn’t need to rely on my imagination for […]


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 […]