Lygon Street Cafe is (of course) nestled in busy (and popular) Lygon Street, Carlton. Many foodies do rejoice and delight in the great array of cafes and restaurants in the area. It can be so difficult to choose where to eat, drink and be merry in this area at times. Just as equally challenging as finding a decent car parking space. If you are a tram commuter, you are okay - provided you don't mind busy Swanston Street as you are heading back into the city.
This establishment has a decent history in Melbourne. This establishment began as a cake shop in the 1960's, turning into a street cafe in the 90's. This establishment has stood the test of time thus far. Run by the Zeina family, Lygon Street Cafe is synonymous to Grinders Coffee next door.
The ambience outside isn't too bad, although the sheltered in feeling can make any food and coffee lover a little claustrophobic at times. Their coffee isn't too bad. The staff are constantly running on their feet. Something needs to be done about a few of the wonky tables outside.
The coffee is fairly cheap. If you're in the mood for an espresso coffee with a couple of sugars, then you are home and hosed. Lygon Street is also a fairly good pit stop for the odd shopping, and what better way to recharge the batteries than with a latte afterwards? Made quickly with a decent aroma. Well brewed coffee. There was just enough sugar in the cup where I was sitting to keep me satisfied. Not the best coffee I have tasted in Melbourne, yet good enough. Melburnians can be a tough crowd when it comes to tasting and judging coffee. Coffee is one of the city's most treasured drinks, and hence we have fairly high standards in this area.