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Knock Knock Cafe & Bar

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Published December 21st 2013
Reminders from the past that your inner child will love
This delightful cafe is a slightly off the beaten track and can be found on Queen St.

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The front of Knock Knock Cafe & Bar

It is at the bottom floor a high-rise building on the corner of Goldie Lane and Queens' Street across the road from Nandos. We almost walked past but were attracted by the brightly coloured shelter sheds in the "frontyard" of the cafe.

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A close up of the Front Yard of the Knock Knock Cafe

On closer inspection we found outdoor wicker furniture, magazines and rugs to ward off the cold. You could sit either inside the shelter-sheds, or outside if you preferred to indulge in the sun or fresh air. It was all delightfully quirky.

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A closer look at the Shelter Sheds

When entering, the theme continued, this time the main focus was on items from the "60s", such as Ken & Barbie dolls, and old Sunbeam Mix Master.

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Inside Knock Knock Cafe look out

The staff are very friendly, the coffee is wonderful and the food is delightful. I recommend you try the bagels.

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some of the Decor in side the cafe

A Trivia note gleaned while chatting to the waiter
The eclectic collection belonged to the cafe owner, who had spent her time in opp shops hunting them down, and sometimes customers brought in items as well.

And yes, you can handle the items on display, and yes, kids can "play" with the more robust items such as the dolls and toy cars - under parent supervision of course.

When I asked about the Barbie doll sitting on the brick in the window, I was told that it had been used by vandals over the weekend to shatter the window to gain entry to the Cafe .The owners, however, were not daunted and had cleaned up the place, put the brick on display and got back to work.

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Barbie sitting a brick


Finding this cafe was like find a little gem, something a little different that oozes the passion of its owner - it is definitely not just another cafe like so many others. Delight your friends and take them there for coffee!
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Why? Something a little different in the middle of the city
When: Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Phone: 9939 4415
Where: 200 Queens St, Melbourne
Cost: $ depending on what you order
Your Comment
its so homely, will have to check this place out
by newintstudents (score: 2|474) 2416 days ago
Went here after reading this article: loved it!......... Thank you for opening my eyes, as I've passed this place for 9 months and not entered.
by Tony (score: 1|13) 2379 days ago
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