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Fraga's Café, Marysville

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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 28th 2014
Is this the best coffee outside Melbourne?
Keep an eye out for Fraga's Café as you drive in to Marysville from Melbourne.

A jewel of colour beneath a soaring green avenue of ancient Oak and Elm, this local institution offers travellers and regulars great hospitality daily.

Marysville, Fragas Cafe, Fraga's, Marysville dining
Fraga's, a colourful oasis on Marysville's tree-lined main street


Brilliant yellow flags flutter over outdoor diners as they unwind under cheery red umbrellas, sharing the view with brightly coloured King Parrots. It's a top place to be on a warm day with a crisp cold beer.

Al freso dining, Fraga's, Marysville
In summer, the leafy street is a cool alternative


On clear winter days, skiers can be found huddled over mugs of steaming hot chocolate. Fully licensed, Fraga's can slip in something a little stronger when there's a mountain chill in the air.

Fraga's Art, cafe style, country style cafe
Inside Fraga's cafe you'll find relaxing but edgy country style


The interior décor is artistic and welcoming. There are framed works for sale on the gaily coloured walls and a comfy banquette upholstered with a selection of hand-made patchwork quilts that run down one wall, inviting cosy conversation.

The overall effect is stylish comfort with slightly edgy country style.

For families seeking a bit of a break after the excitement of Marysville's entertaining playground there is great coffee, milkshakes and cake. A large tub of chalk is provided for budding pavement artists and the very orderly op shop just around the corner does a roaring trade on books, toys, board games and puzzles.

coffee, Fraga's cafe, mosaic
The coffee at Fraga's is worth the drive


If you are travelling sans famille, there are tables for one and two in the large window where you can dine in splendid isolation or join a chat, just by tilting your chair.

It is clear that this is the place that locals come to keep their finger on the pulse and for their daily coffee fix.

Their secret is shared with the multitudes of bikers on the Healesville via Warburton circuit who call in regularly for a caffeine pit-stop at the colourful mosaic bench table beneath the giant oak.

mosaic table, Fragas,
The mosaic table is shady and cool


Dogs are welcome to wait outside, or join their families beside the al-fresco area, where there's a custom made table big enough for even the largest extended family.

dog cafe, dog friendly, dog water bowl
Nobody is left out at Fraga's


Fraga's is open daily between 9.30am - 4.30pm for lazy breakfast and lunch and while often busy on the weekends, never feels crowded.

Menu items include warm and crusty baguettes filled with fresh local ingredients, Yarra Valley pasta, crispy salted fries, daily pie & soup specials and a range of sweet treats.

Must tries:
Locally roasted Great Divide coffee
Belgian Lemon Tea Cake
Aunty Maria's Banoffee Pie – Can you eat a whole slice?
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When: All year round
Phone: 03 5963 3216
Where: The Village Walk, Murchison Street, Marysville
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