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Milkwood Cafe

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by Claire Henry (subscribe)
I'm a Melbourne girl who grew up in the country. I'm new at writing but I love trying different things and discovering new places.
Published June 11th 2013
Macrame and Montecarlos at Milkwood Cafe
A Local Favourite

Milkwood offers a rustic, simplistic setting to enjoy breakfast, lunch or simply a coffee. Situated on the corner of Blyth and Nicholson St, the 96 tram stops right out the front (Stop 27), it is handy for commuters. Milkwood also offers plenty of free street parking, sometimes rare in Melbourne, so the location is great. The simple black and white sign sets the scene for the cafe inside, minimal but with an attention to detail. Like the atmosphere inside, Milkwood offers food that is unique and simplistic but with that little something different.

Milkwood Sign
Milkwood Cafe


The butter beans with mint and feta is delicious and an interesting approach to baked beans. Other dishes include mushrooms with lemon and thyme, pea and mint smash with poached eggs and delicious baguettes sourced from Dench Bakers in North Fitzroy. The porridge is also pretty good, but the serve is very large, so it will really fill you up. They also offer lovely specials, cute cakes and homemade biscuits, including delicious looking Montecarlos. It's nice to see somewhere that doesn't stock stale looking mass made sweets.

Menu, Milkwood, Preserves
Milkwood Specials


This weekend I had the ricotta pancakes, they have 2 styles on the menu, one with coconut and banana, the other with hazelnuts and Nutella. My friend had the coconut and banana pancakes and I enjoyed the chocolate ones. I am sad to say that my friend ordered hers without coconut which the wait staff were happy to do but when the order arrived they had coconut on top.

Unfortunately when they took them away it was quite clear that the coconut had just been scraped off and they had just added more yogurt. Having said all that they rectified the situation quickly and professionally and we went away happy. I have visited this cafe many times and always been very happy. I should also say it was also a very busy public holiday weekend and perhaps the moral of the story is to not change menu items and just enjoy them as they are.

Preserves, Sale, Milkwood
Preserves for Sale


The coffee is smooth and delicious, although they do not openly advertise the brand they use. Unfortunately they do not offer milkshakes here which I consider a breakfast staple but they do have a killer iced choc. They stock a range of preserves for purchasing that look delicious and are made up in cute jars that would also make a great gift.

Coffee, Milkwood
Coffee Making @ Milkwood


The cafe is obviously popular with more people than me as they have recently opened a second room by renovating the building next door. When that room is not open you may have to wait 10-15 minutes for a table but they are usually happy to open it for people if required. There are outdoor tables as well but it can be a bit windy and cool on the street if it is not a sunny day.

Macraem, Milkwood, Hanging plants
Macrame Hanging Plants


If you do go and enjoy Milkwood, and you definitely should, just make sure you have a little cash in your wallet, or you may end up washing dishes for the day. They are one of the few cafes in Melbourne that do not accept card, perhaps it's just another way to enjoy the simple things.
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Why? To enjoy coffee or a bite to eat
When: Mon, Wed-Fri 7.30am-4.30pm, Weekend 8am-4pm Closed Tuesdays
Phone: 9380 4062
Where: 120 Nicholson St, Brunswick East
Cost: Around $3.50 for a coffee and $15 for breakfast
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