I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
Published December 14th 2016
Melbourne has seen a proliferation of cafes over the last few years. Many of them make great coffee, provide breakfasts and lunches and have well-defined atmospheric spaces. The seemingly unlimited cafe landscape of Melbourne keeps growing and each month, brings us a new and different combination of good coffee and delicious things to eat, as well as new hidden-away and cool places to discover.
Saluministi, in Melbourne CBD, is one of these places - there is something that is very noticeable and appealing about it even just passing by; if already heading elsewhere or late for work, you say to yourself, " I must visit that place soon".
Saluministi is a cafe, paninoteca (from Italian meaning sandwich shop or bar) with a story. The owners wanted to recreate parts of their childhood memories from their Italian upbringings and strong impressions of the vital role of food nonna, kitchens and the smell of coffee.
The cafe offers coffee of course, but how refreshing to see one size coffee on the menu with no other laborious descriptions of different types of coffee. It is assumed that all coffees within reason will be available (and so they are). It has a minimalist approach very similar to cafes and bars found all over Italy. The barista will fulfil your order so long as it's not too fanciful (there is soy milk available).
The name Saluministi, refers to the specialty salumi (salami) that is available, hand made and started in 2012 with the Salumi Festival. The breakfast and lunch menus also take a minimalist, street food approach but looking at the panini offered they looked better than "good enough to eat". With the panini on display you know they are going to be good, freshly prepared rather than industrial and when they are gone, they are gone and you know you will have to come back tomorrow. Saluministi offers Italian street food at its best, fresh, appealing, great for a quick coffee and cannolo or a more substantial lunch of panini and a salumi platter.