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Little Fig Cafe

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published March 22nd 2016
Serves Coffee to Go or Food to Eat Slow
The oddest thing about The Little Fig is that it does not serve any dishes containing figs. The Little Fig has served the Melrose Park community for four years, but a change in ownership last year has let the origins of its name slide into history. Wondering about the relevance of the café name, I came across quite a number of similarities between the café and it's fruit namesake.

The Little Fig, cafes, Melrose Park

Small but Big
Figs are small in size yet the roots of a fig tree go deep into the ground and can support immense braches. The Little Fig café is small in size and yet big in community impact.

Commuters stop for take away coffee on their way to work. Dog owners make use of the neighbouring Skitch Reserve to let their dogs off the lead while they stop for cuppa and a bite to eat.

The Little Fig, cafes, Melrose Park

Figs lent their leaves to preserve Adam's and Eve's modesty way back in Biblical times. Modest prices are a feature of the The Little Fig.

Figs are known for adding a burst of sweetness to any dish. The Little Fig has introduced a weekend treat: pancakes! They serve plain or blueberry pancakes with strawberries and ice cream for only $5.50. (I told you the prices are modest!)

Weekend pancakes © The Little Fig

They also do savoury. Our lunch consisted of the Brekky Roll and Chicken and Mushroom Filo.

Drinks are charmingly labelled as 'Something from the Beans', 'Something Brewed', 'Something Cold' and 'Something with Bubbles'. We chose refreshing ice chocolate and iced mocha (something a bit different with chocolate ice cream).

Figs can be brown, purple, green, yellow or black. The walls of The Little Fig are adorned in bright zings of colourful artwork. Everyone is welcome at The Little Fig, whatever colour your skin.

The Little Fig, cafes, Melrose Park

Figs are unique in that they have an 'ostiole', an opening not connected to the tree, but which aids the fruit's development by increasing its communication with the environment.

The Little Fig, cafes, Melrose Park

The Little Fig is nestled between Creative Mosaics and Totally Wrapped - intriguing craft and gift shops that call out for a return visit when open. Its setting in a row of shops that include two other eateries, Rice Bar and the ever-popular Beck's Bakehouse, might lead one to expect that the competition for customer support would be fierce. The Middle Store, yet another café, is just down the road. In a pleasing twist, the staff of The Little Fig note that there is a very supportive environment in the Winston Avenue shops.

The Little Fig may not serve any fig dishes, but it is cute and quirky and worth a visit.

Photographs by JA Rossiter.
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Why? For drinks, breakfast and lunch.
Fully fenced neighbouring reserve makes it ideal for dog owners.
When: Monday - Friday 7.30am - 4.00pm
Saturday - Sunday 8.00am - 2.00pm
Phone: (08) 8277 1188
Where: 90b Winston Avenue, Melrose Park
Cost: Light meals from $5.50
Your Comment
Nice one Jenny, have been past this place many times but never called in. Beck's Bakehouse is so popular that parking is quite hard to find.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 1798 days ago
How good do those pancakes look.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1493) 1799 days ago
The Rice Bar in the same strip is well worth a visit, too.
by Justc (score: 2|139) 1797 days ago
This sounds like a really nice cafe to go and visit. I do enjoy pancakes and the price is reasonable. When I come over to Adelaide I will be sure to find the cafe and enjoy a break, coffee and pancakes there.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1021) 1792 days ago
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