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The centre of this elegant and cosy strip lies north of Curtin square, and features some delightful options for breakfast, lunch, and grocery shopping. Fine produce at reasonable prices is the mantra of many shopkeepers and business owners in "The Village", and there are two cafés and two greengrocers that are not to be missed.
DEPOT DE PAIN
Depot De Pain is at 693 Rathdowne Street Carlton North, and is so French, it may as well be in Paris. With a white façade, the café interior is sleek and modern, with wood paneling and interesting artwork.
The quality of the food is exceptional, and highlights include the French Toast with cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and double cream; and the omelette aux fines herbes. Both dishes are under $10, and make for a filling breakfast or brunch. Depot de Pain is also famous amongst locals for their éclairs so it may be worth getting some for home.
ST Clements Greengrocer at 384 Rathdowne Street Carlton North is passionate about providing the best local produce and seasonal ingredients at a great price. Most of the fruit and vegetables sit in wooden boxes, with handwritten signs, and are hand picked for their exceptional quality. There is also an interesting range of pastas, dried goods, and snacks. This greengrocer is a good option for a picnic for less than $10 to take to Curtin Square Park.
North Cafeteria is at 717 Rathdowne Street Carlton North and gets quite busy in the mornings, particularly on weekends. Waiting your turn for a seat, does give you time to check out the mural wall, the bird logo, and the stylish chairs. It may seem a minimalist approach to décor, but it is the attention to detail that keeps the patrons coming back. The baristas know their coffee, and every dish from poached eggs to bagels feature special touches like a squeeze of lemon, or a flourish of herbs. Most menu items are between $10 and $15, and there are also junior meals for the kids.
Clay Fine Food Health Store specialise in organic produce and health foods, and are at 719 Rathdowne Street Carlton North. This is a beautiful store, with a broad range of fresh and delicious produce including fruits, vegetables, and smallgoods, at an affordable price. The shelves are packed with all manner of grains, tinned goods, and supplements. Out the back, you'll find a tempting selection of preservative-free wine, beer, cider, and chocolates.
In one block you can visit Paris, get your groceries, power up with a café latte, and stock up on organic produce. Rathdowne Village will swiftly become a favourite amongst the foodies and the budget conscious.