Within the heart of the CBD is a hidden gem of a cafe that screams Melbourne. Krimper is hidden down a cobble stoned laneway near the corner of Queen & La Trobe St and from the outside looks like any other industrial warehouse. Yet step inside and you'll be greeted by an open spaced cafe that, despite it's modern Japanese/French inspired menu, looks as though you've gone back a generation or two.
The building used to be a saw mill followed by a cabinet making factory and then a gallery. The name of the place pays homage to Australian cabinet designer Schulim Krimper and all furniture tops are made from recycled materials that were left behind when the cafe owners snapped up the building. The recycled furnishings also include a cozy 100 year old elevator that has been converted into a booth in the centre of the cafe, plus the old staircase was chopped up to become tabletops.
It's easy to become tangled up in the history and design of the building, but of course, the food and coffee is just as important. Coffee is supplied by Proud Mary and has the standard options to satisfy any coffee connoisseur, including a delicious single origin that goes well with one of the many pastries or muffins on display, or even alongside the main menu options. Speaking of the menu, there's a choice of cleverly designed all day breakfast dishes, plus inventive lunch and specials options available. All the food choices are packed with flavour and put together with great care and attention to detail.
So whether you're looking for an extended lunch break, wanting to relax amongst some beautiful decor or just needing to escape with some good food and coffee. Krimper is one of the few places within Melbourne CBD that can safely say they've "nailed it".