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Fleur Depot de Pain Cafe

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by Lisa Nolte (subscribe)
Fifteen years ago I traded a corporate career for life on the river. Close enough to Melbourne to get a quick City fix, plus a great community with excellent coffee and four healthy active boys to keep me entertained, I've never regretted the change.
Published January 27th 2014
Chic city fringe French food at Fleur
Breakfast, Fleur, Fleur Depot de Pain
A great place for a relaxed breakfast on the way in to town

If you happen to be a little off the beaten track in Melbourne and looking for a quick breakfast bite or aperitif before heading into the CBD, Fleur Depot De Pain might be just the ticket.

Located below the funky Art Series Blackman Hotel, Fleur is styled on a local French Patisserie. But you won't see any baking done here. The Depot De Pain, or 'Bread Stop' part of the name means that goods are prepared off-site, in this case at French Fantasies Boulangerie Patisserie and delivered fresh-baked as required.

Baguettes, fresh baked bread, French Cafe
Pick up fresh baked baguettes and a range of picnic supplies, including wine

Sandwiched between busy St Kilda Road and the Albert Park Golf Course and opening at 6.30am, this small cafe caters to business travellers, tourists, city workers and fringe dwellers.

pastries, French delicacies, iced cakes
Mouth-watering glace treats are hard to resist

Service is reasonably brisk, and a small a-l-carte menu of French cafe classics complements the vast array of cakes, pastries and boulangerie items that are displayed temptingly across the front of the central counter.

Cheesecake, Fleur, French Cafe food
The cheesecake is dense, moist and well balanced

Cheery red umbrellas line the outdoor area, accessible by large double doors and viewable from indoors through a large open window.

Depending on the time of day, and your mood, Fleur has great coffee, a special menu of stylishly presented exotic teas, wine and even cognac should you need something a little stronger.

If a picnic is your thing, grab a baguette, a bottle of wine, some cheese and other tasty fillings from the charcuterie section and head to any of the nearby parks.

Whitebait, Fleur Depot de Pain, aperatif
Whitebait, so good with a glass of wine it's almost gone

There are tables for sharing, a row of banquettes and more intimate options for one or two.

French Wine, French cafe, Depot de Pain, Fleur Depot de Pain
A table for two waiting for the pre-theatre drinks crowd

But don't leave your run too late, Fleur Depot de Pain closes at 7pm.

Fleur Depot de Pain, Blackman Hotel
If you're planning pre-theatre drinks or an aperitif, be aware Fleur closes at 7pm
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Why? For Parisian style on the city fringe
When: 7 days a week, 6:30am – 7:00pm
Phone: (03) 9039 1122
Where: 452 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3000 VIC, but accessed from Arthur Street
Cost: Surprisingly reasonable
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