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The Little Mule Cafe

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published April 25th 2012

In terms of location, The Little Mule is truly the epitome of alleyway cafés. At a first glance, Somerset Place appears to be just the kind of city street one would try avoid on a dark night, or just in general if they were walking alone. However, take a second glance and you might just see a gleeful sign peeking out of the buildings proclaiming, 'café open', and hear the sound of a coffee grinder whirring.

As I approached the entry, I felt entirely uncertain as to what I should expect. Crossing the threshold, I was immediately relieved and surprised by the edgy little space that is The Little Mule Café. This alley café has both an artistic and modern vibe to it. The building has been left somewhat raw, with exposed ceilings and hanging cables from the lighting fixtures. The raw characteristics add a certain something to the milieu. It is just the kind of place to muse over the topic of your next novel, or simply feel as though you have escaped the daily grind of the rat race.

If you are a bike enthusiast and a coffee lover, then The Little Mule is your new Mecca. Several various bikes adorn the walls, along with a number of bike parts hanging from the roof at the rear of the shop. Although the bicycles do in fact make for excellent wall hangings, don't be fooled into thinking they are simply decoration. The clever staff at this shop custom build single speed and fixed gear bikes, alternatively, you could simply buy one of the bikes off the wall if they happen to tickle your fancy.

The crew at this café are just as keen on their two wheeled mules as they are about their coffee. The cappuccino I ordered contained some of the most skilfully textured milk I've seen in Melbourne thus far, and was a thoroughly pleasing brew.

In addition to coffee, I ravaged a delicious salami, pesto, semi-dried tomato and & scamorza 'Mule Melt', which was luxuriously flavoured and thoroughly pleasing. For those of you wondering the same thing I was when I read the menu, scamorza is a stretchy, mozzarella-like cheese that was perfectly delightful stringy goodness in this marvellous mini-meal.

Although alleyways generally have poor connotations, this is one alley you definitely want to walk down next time you are in the neighbourhood of The Little Mule.
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Why? If you are into coffee and bicycles, this is the cafe you have been dreaming of.
When: 7:30am - 3:30pm, Monday - Saturday
Where: 19 Somerset Place, Melbourne 3000
Cost: Small Coffee - $3.50, Food - Under $15
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