We're blessed with countless trendy cafes in Melbourne- cafes where the ambience, location and unique fare make them be places you want to be seen. Here are a few contenders for Melbourne's trendiest cafe.
The Green Laundry Cafe The Green Laundry Cafe in Balaclava is one of the spate of establishments opening up in former laundromats- except this one still operates as a coin laundry.Capitalising on the coolness of anything environmentally friendly, they recycle rainwater and use biodegradable soap powder. Of course, all their coffee and tea is fair trade.
You can't go to Sugardough and not fall in love with the adorable decor. In the outside area, a section of brick is covered with floral plates and a fence is painted pink with a giant white teacup; indoors there are vases attached to the wall. As well as looking nice, they also serve food, which is all fair-trade and organic where possible. Their tasty sweets and savouries are not as expensive as you would expect for one of Brunwick's most loved cafes.
Booktalk Cafe Coffee and a good read can be enjoyed throughout the day at the Booktalk Cafe. The quirky cafe, which encourages patrons to browse the secondhand book collection as they enjoy a foccaccia or soup, is set up to encourage discussion. In trendy Richmond, Booktalk Cafe is the place to be for literature lovers.
Three Bags Full Cafe Three Bags Full Cafe is a carefully designed combination of teacup-shaped light fittings, recycled road sign seating and the occassional shoe on the wall. The main table was a tenpin bowling alley in a past life.
Three Bags Full comes into their own at breakfast time, with all manner of eggs and porridge. They have a limited lunch menu, with hearty offerings such a steak sandwiches and pide bread. Chris Karageorge, who seems to be behind nearly every cafe article here at WeekendNotes, heaped sincere praises on it in his review.