A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Published July 31st 2019
Warm your soul and your tastebuds
Where do you go when you need a bit of warmth?
Melbourne sure is chilly at the moment and the city can be a hard place to keep warm. The bustling CBD can also be frigid on another front. The attitude of genuine care is not in high fashion. It can be easy to feel a sense of loneliness, isolation and smallness as your city day unfolds. Well, I am here to tell you where you can go when you need a little friendliness and delicious hospitality.
Lune CBD Russell St off Collins St near Flinders lane
Come for croissants or come to be amongst warm and friendly staff who really care how your day is going. Rest assured a Lune, croissant can make any day better but it is the smile on the face of the person who gives it to you that makes it taste all that more special. With the kitchen constantly baking croissants, creamy coffee and genuine interaction - don't be so quick to rush on back into the cold. A perfect experience is to be savoured at Lune.
Perfect coffee, charismatic staff who never stop having fun. This is a refuge you can lose yourself in. Swim into another country through the cup. Everyone says its the best in Melbourne and they know what they are talking about. It tastes all that much better because everyone is so nice.
French Fix Queen St between little. Bourke and Lonsdale st
If it is lunch you want, then you should join the line for an authentic French baguette at French Fix. You could be in Paris when you bite into warm bread filled your preference of filling. Salad, egg, French cheese, pickles, ham, chicken or jam - the possibilities are rather too hard for the indecisive to choose from. There is also homemade soup. If you go for breakfast, croissants and waffles can delight. 12.30-1.30om is the busiest time as every office worker around wants to get their lunch here. This is not the easiest spot to eat in but as most takeaway, you can squeeze onto a table if you are prepared to share it. In summer the outside food court up Little Burke St, toward William St can be a nice place to munch. Listen to the melody of French tinkling alongside the whir of the coffee machine and be embraced into the culture. The staff are caring, engaging and genuinely friendly.
To warm your soul head to Vodka Borscht and Tears in Windsor for Polish hospitality and lots of vodka. The menu is rather drink dominated, you can find the food right at the very back but if you don't drink the drink, creativity can be happily and imaginatively extended into other options. Open day and night, this is a great friendly spot to find refuge. If you go in the evening, be aware of the popularity. Either go early, just before all tables are filled with bookings, or make a booking yourself. There is often room at the bar if you are not prepared but likely not much later in the week. Vegan-friendly and great in winter.