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.
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.
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.
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.
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.