I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
Published May 4th 2017
Coffee, Jaffles and Seinfeld
There is no shortage of good cafes serving excellent coffee in Melbourne's CBD. So what makes one cafe stand out from among the others? Is it the quirkiness, friendly staff, cool atmosphere, the other customers or just a general vibe and appeal of the place? It is all that and more.
Hidden away in a small laneway off Bourke Street, Kinship & CO can be a little bit hard to find, you are virtually at its front door when you realise that you have found it. Once you know where it is you will never forget it. Serving coffee from a limited space, with a few small tables has not deterred city workers and those who have been privy to its location, from lining up, especially at those peak "I need a coffee" times. So if you arrive before 8am or around 9.30 am the queues may be quite long. But don't let that put you off, the coffee is worth waiting for.
Besides serving excellent coffee, Kinship & CO. also tells a story. It is a story of the owner's two big passions. One is collecting running shoes, these are displayed, well wrapped for protection, behind the serving area. As you admire their form and colour you also wonder where the partner shoe lives.
When you decide to order a jaffle for a more substantial morning coffee hit, you realise there is another story. The owner(or owners) must be Seinfeld fans. All jaffles are named after Seinfeld characters. So Jerry becomes honey leg ham and cheese and Elaine is bocconcini, tomato and basil. Try all the characters in the form of jaffles and reminisce about the TV show that swept the world.
The street art outside, the hidden location, cosy ambience and friendly service all add to the appeal of this little cafe in Melbourne's CBD.