Tucked away in St Lawrence lane amongst Eltham's bustling regional center lays a quaint urban treasure: the aptly named Lane.
The lightly shaded 60s brick façade is nothing special, yet the attraction of this place is ensconced in something far deeper than appearances. Once there, your mind will drift away to distant worlds as you ponder the merits of indulging your taste-buds with another coffee.
Not even a hop, skip and a jump from Eltham train station; Lane captures the spirit of the area's revered artist culture without resorting to cliché and tokenistic representations of yesteryear. It embraces the best of modern inner-city café culture, while simultaneously managing to engender the tranquillity of Eltham's proud history with a mish-mash of funky interior décor and retro pastiche. A café by day, Lane transforms ever so subtly into a quaint social hub by nightfall, one that inspires friendly, loquacious discussion of art, philosophy, sport and politics.
Drop in for a morning moment of caffeine-induced euphoria; or perhaps fill in your lazy afternoon with some of Lane's modest, yet ever-so-tantalizing culinary delights on offer. Hang around long enough and you might be able to catch the after work walk-ins who seek nothing more than a quiet ale to soothe the soul, replacing the after school fathers and mothers who shuffle in for a brief moment of solitude while the kiddies sit idly by; deeply immersed in their chocolate milkshakes. Later on, you might be lucky enough to warm yourself to the sounds of local musicians and poets, discovering their array of fine beers, wines and communal snacks on offer.
The beauty of Lane is in its simplicity – the most welcoming feature of this modest local hub is its rich communal appeal and its ability to bridge generational gaps. From those in their early 20's who are seeking authenticity, to the over 60's who want a place to while away the hours in deep contemplation, Lane is what you've been looking for.