If you're looking for quick service, slick décor or a steaming latte on the way to work… then this is not the place for you!
Walk into this little Lygon Street cafe and chances are that one or both of the owners – who are a married couple – will be either next door or a few doors down having a chat to one of the other laid back shopkeepers, or out the back having a heated discussion over whether or not the other locked the door that morning. When you walk in it's not uncommon to hear, "Won't be a sec love, I'll just finish this."
There's an oddly (most likely accidental) mix of 70s-ish tables, chairs and paraphernalia, some interesting drawings on the wall for sale (most likely a relative's), and the computer desk and all the unsorted files and papers in full view next to the door. So, once again, if you're after 'sleek city chic' then best skip this place. However, if like me, you love a good home-made breakfast or a relaxed chat over a slowly (yet lovingly) made coffee or two on a Sunday morning, then perhaps pop in to Thangs Café in Brunswick. The eggs are delish and the mushrooms are cooked with a spice concoction that leaves you wanting more. But the best thing I've had so far has to be the banana smoothie.
The best banana smoothie in Melbourne?
I'm not sure what it was that made it so special - it might have been the hot day, it might have been the way the cup almost bulged over the old school paper milkshake cup (for which they didn't have the right lid so I drank it down on the counter until it was level enough not to spill as I walked out), or it might have been the pre-frozen bananas whizzed in what I can only imagine is a 1990s family blender still going strong.
The charm of the place is undeniable, and it's somewhere you can simply get some good food without hustle and bustle, loud music or pretentiously overzealous staff. It feels like you're just hanging out in a friend's kitchen - be prepared to stay a while.