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Juddy Roller Cafe

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published June 18th 2013
Juddy Roller, Street art
Juddy Roller

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'.

Juddy Roller, Street art, cafe, coffee, fitzroy

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.

Juddy Roller, Street art, cafe, coffee, fitzroy

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.

Juddy Roller, Street art, cafe, coffee, fitzroy
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.

Juddy Roller, Street art, cafe, coffee, fitzroy

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.

Juddy Roller, Street art, cafe, coffee, fitzroy
No Smoking

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.

Juddy Roller, Street art, cafe, coffee, fitzroy
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.

Juddy Roller, Street art, cafe, coffee, fitzroy
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Why? Combine your two loves: art and coffee
When: Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00, Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Phone: 0415 603 068
Where: Corner Johnston Street and Chapel Street, Fitzroy (entrance on Chapel Street)
Cost: $5-$15
Your Comment
Awesome article. Will go there on my meanderings from Lentil.
by Michelle Coates (score: 2|529) 2042 days ago
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...
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2034 days ago
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