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The Causeway

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by Kevin Hoang (subscribe)
Current uni student and freelance writer. Visit my recently created film blog and follow me on Twitter @KevinHoang
Published May 2nd 2011

Let's be blunt. I'm a sucker when it comes to the winning combination of pastry and coffee. From a health perspective, it's quite unfortunate. Yet I'm lucky to have the skill to dispel any qualms I have on this by employing one simple term in my head: 'comfort food.' Indeed, The Causeway is the place to go for comfort food, where one can freely indulge, socialise and welcome back the extra chin lost during last night's gym session.

The Causeway, also known as Causeway Lane by some, is a unique Melbourne lane that is short, narrow and also quite quiet, a contrast to the otherwise noisy and bustling character that typifies Melbourne city. It runs between Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street and also between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street in the central business district, acting as a link for those streets. In addition, much of the lane endorses a range of small boutique shops, cafes and also sushi bars.

Probably the hallmark of The Causeway is the former Union Bank, where it portrays itself as a tall curved palazzo styled building. First constructed in the 1920s, nowadays the Union Bank operates as a French patisserie under the name Laurent, where cakes, lattes, cappuccinos and other delicacies are offered. It epitomises as the place to go for comfort food but if being healthy is a significant concern of yours, then you should opt to go instead to the sushi bar. Just don't mention that to the French.
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Why? To see a range of boutique stores, cafes and sushi bars. Also, to eat comfort food.
When: Any time. Most stores in The Causeway are open at around work hours.
Where: Running between Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street and also between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street in the central business district
Cost: Food and drink prices varies, depending on what cafe or eatery you visit. Though a casual stroll is free, of course.
Laurent patisserie is wonderful, pricey but wonderful!
By Vanessa - general editor
Wednesday, 4th of May @ 11:19 pm
I definitely agree with that :)
By Kevin Hoang - senior reviewer
Thursday, 5th of May @ 04:31 am
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