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The Final Step Cafe

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by Chris Karageorge (subscribe)
Chris Karageorge - I drink, I eat, I leave.
Published October 28th 2011
The Final Step has the friendliness of a local neighbourhood cafe in one of Melbourne's most busiest and 'private-school-education' suburbs. That's right, I'm talking about South Yarra.


Walk around the corner of Toorak Road in to Murphy Street and you'll take your final step for about an hour. Once you set foot in this cafe, you wont want to leave for a while.

The Final Step is compact and uses its space well. Communal table in the middle, and single tables by the wall. If you're partial to basking in the sun while wearing your Raybans then there are seats outside too. People walk in every minute - new faces and familiar faces. The staff treat everyone with the same friendliness.

Espresso. Guatemala - Santa Clara
A lovely crema was perched on top of this coffee belle of the East, the body below was delicious. This drop made me think of syrup. It was sweet but tart enough to remind me of all things bitter and healthy for the darkened soul. It had sweet caramels with a medium viscosity.


The herb and cheese scone was warm and light. Not too doughy, right amount of everything.


Cold Drip. Guatemala - Santa Clara
Sweet and bitter, cool and refreshing. I also detected cocoa undertones and an oily residue on my tongue after several sips, this was a treat. A fantastic beverage with an equally fantastic taste that was well suited for the day's weather.


You know how I harp on about sitting in a cafe and studying or reading a book for hours on end?
I did that here. It works. It's possible. It's comfortable.
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Why? The only step you should take in to any South Yarra cafe is in here
When: Monday-Friday 7.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 8.30am-3.00pm
Where: 1c Murphy Street, South Yarra
Cost: $3.50 - $15.00
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