The Gypsy Hideout has plenty going for it. From its stunning, pine floorboards emphasised by white washed walls, to its raw-wood, bench-seats, kitch sugar bowls, massive amounts of natural sunlight streaming in through tall windows and mixed with a little bit of industrial lighting, and its on-trend, modern-folk feel.
The cafe is a place of piercings, skinny-jeans, beards, shorts- worn-over-stockings and peasant blouses: attractive to both Westgarth's alternative crowd and lonely-planet types, who will appreciate the exotic Moroccan, Turkish, Greek and South American flavours which appear on the menu.
Written up on a blackboard, the menu is sectioned into areas for breakfast, lunch and specials. On it you'll find items such as 'Fruit toast with honey and cinnamon ricotta' for $12.00 or 'Quinoa porridge with poached pears, morello cherry compote and almonds' for $14.00. There's a 'Spanish stew of chorizo, capsicum, eggplant, olive, poached egg and dukkah'. For lunch, 'Honey-peppered, steak-sandwich with avocado and mixed herb' or 'Truffle, proscuitto, and wild mushroom, handmade pasta with brandy cream sauce' $18 .00.
Sometimes inside the cafe, the very open space lets the coffee machine, food service, register, clatter from the open kitchen and other peoples conversations bounce around noisily. Whether that's too much to bear while dining or whether it adds to the pumping, happening vibe of this eatery, is down to personal preference.
Still, it's good to know that the Gypsy Hideout cafe has an outdoor area so that on a pleasant day, you can escape the noise and enjoy your meal quietly instead. There's a small courtyard out the back with trellis, patches of synthetic grass and citrus trees in planter boxes and a few tables.
Stopping by for a quick beverage is a great idea at this cafe because among the delicious drinks they can prepare for you, there are regular espressos, Turkish coffee, the Gypsy's hot chocolate and the mysterious 'Gypsy elixir'. An eclectic range of teas are available as well; the sweet apple and rose being a particular favourite.
To get to the Gypsy Hideout cafe, take the Number 86 Bundoora/RMIT tram and get off on High Street where the Westgarth shops begin or drive and try to find a space in the small side streets located in the area.
Thanks for your recommendation - my friend and I went there for lunch on saturday. The food was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the courtyard amongst the tomato plants. I hope the owners can go outside and stand opposite their cafe, then realize they need to add some interest out front to differentiate their cafe from the others in that strip. Highly recommended.