Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published April 26th 2019
Street Art, Snacks and Soul in St Kilda
Street Art from Suki and Be Free outside the Art Lane Cafe
Tucked in St Kilda's most hidden laneway, brimming with new street art, is the tiny-but-perfectly-formed new Art Lane Cafe. It sits at the back of edgy social design workshop and retail outlet, Space2B, and it is worth hunting for.
The cafe is a great partnership between Space2B and David and Sasha, who bring all the vibrancy of their home country of Brazil to the cafe, and who want to help 'bring some soul' to this quirky part of Balaclava.
As part of their commitment to community, the cafe is working with newly arrived immigrant trainees to build their hospitality, barista and language skills along with their longer term employment prospects.
Trainee Momo showcasing her inner-barista at Art Lane cafe
Apart from feeling good about supporting this great purpose, the small but well thought through menu is delish! I had a yummy soft beetroot bap (yes, it was bright pink!) with tuna coleslaw, and there is a a delicious pulled beef benedict sandwich which locals rate. The all-important coffee comes from local business, Elwood Coffee roasters, and there are a range of delicious juices and smoothies. And you can round off your visit to the cafe with some feel-good retail therapy in the Space2B shop.
The little cafe has a raised seating area overlooking the tiny alley, which is brimming with vibrant street art by well known names, such as Suki and Be Free, and also some great installations done in conjunction with St Kilda Primary School, over the road. SPace2B recently held a Lane Way festival as part of a series of events to breathe life and love into the space. Balaclava/St Kilda locals and visitors alike - lucky you!
Space2B's 2019 Lane Way Festival at the Art Lane Cafe