Little Collins Street in Melbourne is full of fantastic cafes, hole-in-the-wall coffee jaunts and breakfast bars.
Here are two awesome ones I tried on a recent trip to Melbourne with friends.
The waiters are good looking and tattooed and friendly. Issy the barista obviously knows his stuff, because the coffee is great. It’s fresh roasted and flown down from QLD twice a week! The menu is short and neat with a combination of bagels “your way” or cereal. They mix it up with a couple of daily specials.
the interior is cool – a derelict* warehouse renovated with mod street art and funky recycled industrial artifacts (check out that giant bowling pin!)
and the outside lane-way compliments the entrance and interior
Manchester Press Cafe | Rankins Ln, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Phone | 03 9600 4054
Hours | Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm; Sat, 9am-5pm
Price Guide | Espresso: $3, Regular coffee: $3.5
*borrowed from Zoolander it is described by Mugatu in the film as “a fashion, a way of life inspired by the very homeless, the vagrants, the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique.”
Bushwa and Hooey
We rescued a little Sparrow birdie while we waited for our breakfast…Enticed by the wall murals of birds and the surprisingly real-looking ivy covering the posts inside, the little Sparrow was frettingly flying back and forth attempting to break through the glass doors. With a little corralling from Jay and Nath, he was let free into the Melbourne chill!
After having amazing coffee from the well-known coffee-only team at Brother Bada Budan we pop next door for some breakfast. The interior of Bushwa & Hooey is cute cottage meets secret garden. There are large painted blackboard menus with silhouette birds and ivy twisting around posts. The wall behind the counter is covered with a good array of alcohol bottles and you can even have a tipple with breakfast (although they didnt have any tomato juice to make a bloody mary….), there are fresh baked muffins, pastries and utterly divine slices displayed reverently on the counter tops. The furniture is reminiscent of ‘Central Perk’ from Friends; contemporarily-worn rustic brik-a-brak. But most of all, it’s cosy and warm.
Ian & Jay both eat;
Bushwa & Hooey | 361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone | 03 9642 3211
Brother Baba Budan
I have read about the guys at Seven Seeds and their little offshoot cafe Brother Baba Budan on various occasions, so it was our first point of call for coffee upon waking in Melbourne for our first joyful day of our extra-long weekend!
The space is intimate, it seats about 15 people, so when the 6 of us saunter in shivering and looking around excitedly, the waiter asks us what we want to order. We answer ‘coffee and breakfast!’ to which he replies that they ‘only serve coffee’ and they only do ‘shot and regular sizes’. He looks at us knowingly when we say we’re from Sydney and heard about the coffee. I am annoyed but immediately push the fact that he’s an arrogant git out of my head. I want good coffee dammit!
Whatever the arrogance, it’s justified in the coffee – it’s great. An almost perfect cup (I discover the perfect cup two days later at Degraves Lane!).
The philosophy behind Brother Baba Budan is to improve the quality from origin to cup. They work with the farmers and take interest in Single Origin beans. As I mentioned, the coffee is excellent, but I think I’m most impressed with the Barista – super cool, super tattooed Katie Pink. She’s hot!
Brother Baba Budan | 359 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone | 03 9606 0449