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Market Lane at Prahran Market

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by Jess Kumanovski (subscribe)
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Published July 7th 2015
A great coffee shouldn't leave you gassy
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A bright splash of colour at the communal table.


A happy Saturday involves a clean house, a trip to the markets and well-made cup of coffee. An ecstatic Saturday includes a cupcake.

Market Lane at Prahran Market is my favourite market coffee shop for three reasons: organic milk at no extra charge; a delicious assortment of cakes; and excellent seating for people watching.

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Orange cupcake with cream cheese frosting and sugared lemon.


I'll start with the milk. Usually, anything above standard will cost you extra, but Market Lane charge the same price for their coffee that you'd find pretty much anywhere else in this coffee-obsessed city, yet they only offer organic milk. Interestingly, my lactose-intolerant innards don't struggle with organic milk, which makes for a nice change from drinking a long black.

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Organic milk latte.


Secondly, the cake cupboard is always filled with semi-healthy sounding treats. If something has both a vegetable AND almond meal in it, I don't feel remotely guilty about breaking my diet.

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Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.


The carrot cake was moist and fluffy with a refreshing lemon cream cheese frosting a favourite and a classic. The rhubarb was interesting: I'm not usually a fan of rhubarb, but this was a nice change from carrot and the cream cheese frosting is always a nice touch. The orange cake with sugared lemon and edible flowers was refreshing and bright a really lovely contrast that still complemented the coffee. They also have an assortment of slices if you're not keen on a cupcake.

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Rhubarb cupcake with cream cheese frosting.


Finally, the layout is great for singles (or groups) looking for a quiet spot to recharge and do a bit of people watching. A communal table with a burst of colourful flowers and a drinking tap is the perfect spot to wait for a takeaway coffee; or the side bench against the window is a great spot to sit, sip and snack.

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Great details - this spoon reminds me of my nan!


They also have a beautiful selection hand-painted coffee mugs that would make a wonderful gift for that 'hard-to-buy-for' someone, although from memory they retail at around $50 each! Also for sale is their own delicious blend of coffee.

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The indoor entrance from the market.


Whether you're taking a break from grocery shopping or just getting started, a stop at Market Lane is a must.
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Why? Great coffee made on organic milk.
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Phone: 03 9804 7434
Where: Prahran Market
Cost: $
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Those cup cakes sound amazing. I loved the email tag, 'Great Spot to Stare at Strangers' and the personal touch you put on the article with spoon that reminds you of your Nan. My Nan also had spoons like that. Thanks for the memory.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7509) 1606 days ago
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