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Tea Shops & Cafés at The Basin, Alchester Village and Mountain Gate

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by Naomi Parry (subscribe)
An avid
Published October 29th 2013
Anyone for tea, coffee, a snack or lunch?
Driving to the shops or even passing through some of the outer South Eastern suburbs can be thirsty work. For someone who yearns for a "good cup of tea", there's not too many choices and sometimes one even has to resort to a cup of coffee.

But a tea-lover is just that. They will go out of their way to find a good cafe that serves tea and then willingly make that particular little shop one of their favourites.

Don't get me wrong. Most coffee shops do provide cups of tea, but honestly who wants to pay $3.50 or even more at some places, for a small cup of hot water and a tea bag tossed onto the saucer?

Near and at the foothills of the Dandenongs, there are a number of small cafes that sell surprisingly good light meals and serve either coffee or tea.

Koko Lime Cafe. 20A Alchester Crescent, Alchester Village - Boronia VIC 3155 Phone: 9739 8466

Koko Lime, Alchester Village
Koko Lime, Alchester Village


Now this has to be one of the most best kept secrets from people outside of the area. Why? Because it's so popular with locals that it's hard to find a seat at times. Natasha has trained her wait staff very well, and their welcoming smiles and excellent service make the whole experience a most enjoyable one.

Don't be misled by the title of French Toast and Bacon and think this could be a boring meal - according to the menfolk in my family, this is just tops! Another favourite is Lambs Fry and Bacon with chips and salad, and wow, what a meal that is.

Koko Lime, Alchester Village
Koko Lime, Alchester Village


Koko's has to be one of the best small cafes for spaghetti bolongaise this side of Italy - value for money? Sure is. They have a good range of pasta dishes.

Breakfast though has yet more surprises, and their Eggs Benedict is something to write home about. It's my favourite, bar none.

They have a nice selection of snacks including chicken rolls, bruschetta, frittata, Thai balls, and the tastiest sausage rolls. Pumpkin soup is a great favourite at any time of the year. A variety of slices and large sized muffins tempt all ages.

Koko Lime, Alchester Village
Koko Lime, Alchester Village


The Chocolate Dragonfly at The Basin Shopping Centre.
1317 Mountain Hwy, The Basin VIC 3154. Phone: 9762 0416
Light meals and snacks, teas, coffees, and marvellous Devonshire Teas.

Kim's Cafe & Bakehouse Shop 23, Mountain Gate Shopping Centre, Ferntree Gully Road, Ferntree Gully, 3156. . Healthy and enjoyable food - baked on the premises pastries, and cakes. Phone: 9758 5167

Kims Cafe & Bakehouse, FTG
Kims Cafe & Bakehouse, FTG


Mountain Gate Cafe Sandwich Bar, Shop 43,Mountain Gate Shopping Centre, Ferntree Gully Road, Ferntree Gully. Open 7.30 - 4.30, Monday to Friday and 7.40 to 3.00 on Saturday. Coffee, cakes, sandwiches, breakfast, hot food, catering. Phone: 9753 6990

Mountain Gate Sandwich Bar
Mountain Gate Sandwich Bar


Euro Bakehouse, 27 Mountain Gate Drive, Mountain Gate Shopping Centre, Ferntree Gully Road, Ferntree Gully. Scrumptious cakes, salads, baked on the premises pastries. Selection of teas available, served in a cup of hot water with tea leaves in a small tea strainer container. Phone: 9758 3378.

Take time out to enjoy each of these Cafés/Tea Shops.
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