Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published June 18th 2013
In a world where everything is 'Googleable' and word of mouth has become word of Facebook, we often know exactly where we are going before we even get there. This is perhaps why I often actively avoid the world wide web and (much to the chagrin of my husband) choose to roam the streets in the earnest hope of finding something new and fabulous, rather than 'Google it'.
It was on just such a wandering day that I meandered into the type of street sane people usually avoid (due to the inherent risk of stabbing, mugging and other related crimes against one's person) and it is here I discovered Juddy Roller Cafe.
The café was named Juddy Roller in honour of a dear friend who passed away. You will find the homely kitchen tucked into a welcoming crevice from whence the smell of caffeine casually wafts out onto the street beckoning those passing by.
Inside Juddy Roller
Across the road a giant puppet watches down from a rooftop, over a tiny faux grass patch and a bathtub with flowers growing in it... No, I have not been smoking anything. These are the surroundings you will find yourself in if you decide to venture to Juddy Roller for your next random outing. It's all a bit Alice in Wonderland and I half expected to find a tiny bottle labelled "Drink Me" hidden somewhere in the midst of it all. Alas, no bottle was found; I did however partake in a very agreeable cappuccino.
The menu is simple, fresh and fab with both a Herbivore and Carnivore menu. Coffee is sourced from Coffee Supreme, it's strong but definitely still a crowd pleaser. If street art is your thing, you will feel inspired by the masterful pieces decorating the walls in all directions.
As you'll usually find with street art, it is a fluid thing and pieces rarely stay in one place for long. Since my last visit, not only has there been a complete rebirth of new pieces, but an enormous Pinocchio doppelgänger has come into being atop one of the buildings. He seemed to be looking down on us, strangely lifelike while we drank our coffee, and this alone is reason enough to come down the street for a gander.
Pinocchio's Brother from Another Mother
Juddy Roller is what I would call the perfect Melburnian café. Great coffee, mind-bending art and an altogether unique experience.
I went to this place by chance wandering around the streets of Fitzroy the first day it opened. I haven't been back since. I should though.. I was impressed then and they didn't even have the complete menu etc...