Cafe De Vin is a gorgeous Italian cafe located in the Melbourne GPO laneway. Wandering in the entrance via Bourke St is always a special treat - especially at night - for the view of the lantern's lit on the left, alongside the big iron gates offering a window to what's inside. And, what a offering within.
Located in one of Melbourne's most beautiful laneways (no small statement in the city of blue cobblestone beauty), Cafe De Vin seeks to offer traditional Italian fare amidst an enclosed and intimate setting. Alongside the stone walls of GPO, the wooden tables and overhead shades lend to this location a very Roman setting.
What's more, just like so many cafes in the Eternal City, while this cafe may be located just off a bustling major street, once you take your seat here you can often feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the street beyond, and instead able to just enjoy the atmosphere of an oasis in the CBD.
While the Cafe does a great pizza, alongside a nice risotto - offered in complement to a choice of wines, ciders and more - one of the nicest features of the cafe is its ongoing rotation of specials. The high traffic of Bourke St Mall notwithstanding, this means folks who often wander by at lunch or after work may find themselves regularly drawn to what new offering is on the menu that day.
In sum, Cafe De Vin has a grand location, a solid ambiance and a rich variety on the menu. Alongside Gekkazan also located in the lane, Cafe De Vin is very much a must visit next time you wander by the lanterns and iron gates GPO.