If Melbourne is known for one thing, it's laneway coffee. Last weekend I was fortunate enough to discover that this trend - minus the price tag - extends to Coburg, where the locals converge on a plain, unpretentious cafe which has been serving quality coffee for many years.
I've lived in Coburg for a year and a half and can not believe how long it has taken me to discover this gem. In fact, I didn't even find out about it myself – it was recommended to me by a Geelong local who makes a point of stopping in every time he comes to Coburg.
Coburg Coffee and Kitchen Centre is a fantastic, back-to-basics cafe that pumps out coffees to a constant stream of locals who pour in on their way to their Sunday shopping or to sit down and enjoy a hot drink and the paper.
Hot chocolate and a latte at Coburg Coffee & Kitchen Centre
The place has a wonderfully local, family vibe with plenty of outdoor seating. I can't decide which is better – the truly delicious hot chocolate I order and promptly devour, or the fact that it only cost $2.20!
Nestled between other cafes in a laneway just off the bustle of Sydney Road, the Coburg Coffee and Kitchen Centre is an easily accessible pit stop for a cheap and tasty beverage.
And for the best vegetarian food around try Little Deer Tracks in O'Heas Street Coburg. I am not vegetarian, but love the food and every vegetarian friend I have taken there agrees. Coburg is full of surprises.