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Five of the Best Cafes in the North

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published May 18th 2014
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Coffee, organic, breakfast, brunch, lunch, kid friendly, dog friendly, gluten free, outdoor seating,
Get ready for a sweet treat

I keep discovering quirky, great value little cafes in the Northern suburbs that are worth travelling to. They are often off the main streets and therefore even the locals need to be told about them. So here goes. I think these are some of the best.

The Lane Café in Eltham

Down a little lane called St Lawrence Street off the main street of Eltham you will find one of the friendliest cafes around. The staff know many of their customers by name and preferred drink!

Coffee, organic, breakfast, brunch, lunch, kid friendly, dog friendly, gluten free, outdoor seating,
Plenty of corners to relax for a drink at the Lane cafe

This quirky little caf is unique in many ways. The walls are adorned with a collection of sketches and poems written by customers. The drawings are mostly anonymous.

All the food at the Lane Café is housemade and they cater for vegans and vegetarians with a gluten free range. They have light meals and snacks like pizza and nachos and take away. The Lane serves all-day breakfast and only sell craft beer not generic beer.

This café reminded me of going to a close family friend's house of a big hearty meal and a raucous laugh.

Missmarie in Rosanna

This is a trendy cafe with outdoor tables and an upbeat vibe.
I loved the styling. They have an eclectic collection of light fittings and bare globes yellow chairs, stools and accessories.

Missmarie is well known for their superb coffee. They have a house blend and use Five Senses Coffee's Dark Horse, a blend of three single origins. They also have organic juices, organic teas and Kali drinking chocolate.

Coffee, organic, breakfast, brunch, lunch, kid friendly, dog friendly, gluten free, outdoor seating,
Fall in love with Missmarie

You will be impressed by the attentive staff, and their tasty, reasonably priced food and drinks. Missmarie is family, dog, wheelchair and gluten free friendly.

This is a perfect place to meet for brunch, brekkie or lunch. Miss Marie is not on the main shopping strip in Lower Plenty Rd Rosanna but it's close to the train station so easy to get to. The only problem is there are no phone bookings.

Syrup Café in Watsonia

This funky little café must serve the best value lunch in town.
There's no need to book and the service is fast. With only about half a dozen tables inside and three outdoor tables, this brightly colored caf is ideal for an intimate occasion.

Coffee, organic, breakfast, brunch, lunch, kid friendly, dog friendly, gluten free, outdoor seating,
I'd be hard to find a tastier or cheaper melt

Syrup is run by two sisters Denise and Kathy. They are friendly, chatty and welcoming to all and their canines.

The owners try to use locally sourced, organic produce from the Yarra Valley. They make all the food (except the cakes) themselves. The servings are not ridiculously large like some cafes, but more than enough. Overall, it was a perfect sized lunch at a great price in a swanky little caf.

Platters Cafe, Bar and Grill in Diamond Creek

Since the local council introduced the favourite trader award two years ago, Platters has won it both times. This is a reflection of the loyalty of the regulars that they have attracted. Even some of the artwork on the wall was created and donated by some of their doting customers.
Big enough to share

Platters have large open areas blending the outdoor seating with the modern indoor space. The menu is extensive with brekkie all day until 3PM. Some of the dishes ridiculously cheap and I guess that's why a lot of families can afford to take their kids there. This is a must try.

Cube Café in Plenty

I call this the Fed Square of Plenty because of its unique geometric design. It's about time this area got a licensed seven day a week café with indoor and outdoor dining, function room, take away and delivery service.

The unique cakes are all freshly hand made daily from a small bakery. They look great in the display case and even better served on the plate. The café's specialty is the wood fire pizzas because of the authentic, distinctive taste, but they have a menu that has something for even the fussiest eater.
Meals for hungry people

The Cube café is very popular so book ahead especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

If you know of others that should make this list, please post a comment for others.
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Your Comment
Syrup Cafe's melt looks wonderful.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2556 days ago
I'm sure you won't be disappointed
by Jeni Wilson (score: 3|1866) 2556 days ago
Um... Which to try 1st?
by Grant (score: 2|294) 2551 days ago
thanks ! i will be trying those cafes in the next few weeks
by feeba (score: 2|104) 2556 days ago
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