If you're feeling a bit down in the dumps, perhaps you need a bit of a serotonin kick. This 'happy' chemical helps regulate everything from mood to sleep and can be boosted by the right food and exercise. This is the belief that gave birth to the Serotinin Eatery and Exercise Centre, founded by Emily Hazell.
Serotonin has a holistic approach to improving the lives and mental wellbeing of busy Melburnians. The food in the café is plant-based and designed to regulate neurotransmitters and hormone activity within the body, keeping both mind and stomach content.
Serotonin Eatery Swing Chairs
Even if neuroscience and brain chemistry are a bit too boggling for you, most people can still appreciate the menu and atmosphere at the Serotonin Eatery. The meat-free menu is based around food said to release serotonin, such as bananas, broccoli and pineapples, with plenty of other fruit and vegetables sourced mainly from organic farmers.
The space itself has also designed to be happiness boosting, with large windows that let in plenty of natural light, as well as different styles of seating to get you comfortable. This includes giant swings that customers can rock back and forth on as they eat their breakfast or tuck into a colourful lunch. You even have the option of taking your food to the park and having a little picnic.
Located next door to the café is the 'exercise centre' that offers tailored one on one programs to help improve overall fitness as well as strength training and weight loss. Starting this month Serotonin will also be offering a 12-month education program to teach individuals how to naturally boost their happiness and quality of life.
So if you're after a café with a difference, or simply want to swing about while eating your lunch, put the Serotonin Eatery on your list.