Stumbling through the doors of The Getting' Place in a desperate search for coffee en route to a morning meeting, I felt at home the second I started eavesdropping. One local asks the barista if his mate has been in for his morning cuppa yet. Another, brandishing a long list of colleagues' orders, wonders aloud whether she'll make it back across the street sans spills. A third, waiting to pay, gazes outside and remarks, 'Now there's someone I haven't seen for awhile ... the running lady.' 'Really?' his companion replies, leaning towards the window for a look. 'Me neither.'
Despite its relative youth, having opened only in late 2014, The Getting' Place has already positioned itself as the hip local coffee house. Stepping through the door is like slipping on a comfortable, classic shirt that always makes you feel fabulous. It brings to mind cosy, companionable sitcom hangouts like Friends' Central Perk or the bar in Cheers (where everyone knows your name). And it's not just a place for grownups - dogs and kids are equally welcome, and I say amen to that.
Sandwiches to make you smile. Image courtesy The Gettin' Place.
Against this backdrop, The Gettin' Place also offers great coffee (Toby's Estate) and affordable but appetising café food including gourmet sandwiches (such as smoked ham, tomato relish, egg, mayo and rocket on a sourdough grainy roll) and salads (like quinoa, greens, boiled egg, beet and house-made fresh pesto). A range of breakfast options suitable for takeaway include fruit salad and avocado toast.
The Gettin' Place features seating on the footpath, inside, and out the back in a leafy courtyard, with shade provided by umbrellas. The visual arts pedigrees of owners Carmela and Bo Stahlman is evident in the local artists' work which adorns the walls. It all adds up to one of the most stylish, laid back coffee houses I've seen.
A taste for salad. Image courtesy The Gettin' Place.