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Published July 4th 2013
Nestled away down beside the Newmarket station, it would be easy to miss Pin Oak Cresent in a blur from the window of a passing train or dismiss it whilst journeying down Racecourse road. Easy to miss -only if it weren't for the tantalising scents and sounds which lure curious passers by into its eclectic array of shop fronts and cafes.
Verb Cafe is the first, its glass walls making the most of its position on the corner of Racecourse Road and the cresent. With a menu ranging from breakfasts of their own granola with goji berries and yoghurt to field mushroom and polenta cakes with poached eggs, it's a great stop for healthy sustenance with a side of caffiene. Lunches include a myriad of toasted paninis and New York style bagels, perfect to take away if the intrigue of the street itself see's you eager to move along.
Testament to the diversity of businesses here, perhaps best known of all is Laksa King. The popularity of this place sees the small street come alive from lunchtime onwards as hordes of hungry would-be diners line up at the door for a chance to sample what has been hailed 'Melbourne's best laksa'. Likewise, Chef Legenda, the next restaurant in the lineup delivers similar style Malaysian dishes.
Pepper cafe , however, proves to be one of the small street standouts. Well integrated into the surrounding tree-lined streets, Pepper Cafe is the ideal place to catch up on the days headlines at one of its outdoor tables. Here you can sit sipping a skim mocha or caramel macchiato whilst waiting for the train feeling as though part of a quiet neighborhood rather than stationside. With its cheery orange seats and equally jovial staff, it's a non-negotiable stop along your way and offers an array of breakfast and lunch dishes with Thursday/Friday night dining available.
Traversing further along the crescent, Girl in the Green Scarf is sure to capture the attention of any woman passing by (or well trained husband/ boyfriend - let's be honest here).
Filled with old fashioned trinkets ranging from hand-poured scented candles in vintage teacups to hats, jewelry, sleepwear and all things girly it is the ideal place to indulge your femininity. The friendly owner works in the strore and her passion for the beauty and grandeur of bygone eras is infectious - much time can be whiled away here, coffee in hand, as you browse the rose-scented store.
Ideal for a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon stroll, Pin Oak Crescent is equally quaint and relaxed any time of day or day of the week. It is well worth visiting and can be easily accessed via Newmarket station or on the 57 tram line.