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.
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.
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.