I'm keen to share things that I've done with others - I love learning about culture and history, I know the importance of great service, good quality products and positive experiences. I love to experience life's opportunities. I live in Melbourne.
Published April 22nd 2015
This is my selection from the cafes in Balwyn and the reasons why I've chosen them:
Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
Best range – Laurent Boulangerie Patisserie
310 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, 3103
No matter when I come here, this French influenced café is very well attended. It's part of the Laurent franchise, so you're assured of knowing what you'll get. It's right at the pedestrian crossing in Balwyn main shopping strip. In a relatively big cafe space, even when it's full it doesn't seem crowded or crazy busy. The extensive array of food always looks delicious – you can get anything from breakfast style food (croissant, baguette with egg/bacon etc), through to a sweet morsel (macaroons, cakes, tarts etc) and servings are generous. Your long black coffee is served in the traditional French style - a large one comes in a soup bowl. I particularly like their Chicken Focaccia and the Baguette with Turkey & Salad is good too. Although everything's huge, they will quite happily serve a half serving. All the patisserie is lovely. One tip though - they add a premium to their prices on Sundays and holidays.
This is a very good, very reliable, consistently high quality cafe. You won't get elegant surroundings or a hip vibe, but you will get good food, fast service and orders made just as you like them. The people here are very friendly and flexible, they are responsive to whatever you ask for and overall their offering is very good. Servings are generous and the food is always fresh and service consistently good. I recommend this place - there are no frills or airs and graces here, just good tucker and great value. Their sandwiches and wraps overflow with lovely ingredients and the toasted sandwiches are great too.
This is a relatively new café in the group of shops near Balwyn Cinema. From the moment you step inside, you'll get a sense of a relaxed but edgy vibe and a very warm welcome. The decor is edgy too with food that matches. Don't look for an "everyday" sandwich here – on the menu you'll be able to choose from a selection of great food with a nod to gourmet cuisine. Try something like this for breakfast – "Quesadillas with scrambled eggs, cheese, spinach & black eyed beans"; "Bircher muesli with stewed rhubarb & sweet dukkah" or perhaps "Norma's Red Velvet Waffles with cream cheese drizzle & seasonal berries". For lunch you might like a "Super Salad – Brown rice, red quinoa, roasted sweet potato & beetroot, broccoli" or a "Pulled Chicken & Red Slaw pide with cornichons & spicy mayo" … see what I mean? To add a great finishing touch – they have great coffee.
Best prices - Balwyn Eatery
245 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, 3103
Although the decor and ambience of this cafe is quite austere, the coffee and food is good. Situated in the shops opposite the service station, near Balwyn Cinema, this is a weekday café. Lately, its clientele has been bolstered in numbers by the workers from all the construction sites in the vicinity and they have good, every day tucker to feed them. There are chairs and tables both inside and out and you will get a straightforward selection of sandwiches, rolls, wraps, cakes and drinks here. Some hot foot with chips is available too.
Egg Salad Sandwich ... always delicious
I regularly get a good Long Black coffee from here and my regular lunch is an Egg Salad Sandwich on multigrain bread – it's fresh and delicious. All servings are generous.
Best location - Thanks a Latte
306 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, 3103
On a chilly Sunday morning, this café offers a very welcome warm place to stop and relax. Just step off the tram at the pedestrian crossing in the Balwyn Shopping strip and the café is there - bright lime green, you can't miss it. The coffee is good and the service is lovely. They have plenty of room and the lighting is good for newspaper readers (like me). One thing though - the atmosphere is interesting ... in terms of temperature it's warm, but the ambience is quite clinical, almost cold ... perhaps it's just the bright white and lime green colour scheme. Anyway, this is easily overlooked as the food range is good and so is the coffee - with lovely service.
Thanks a Latte
Best coffee - Cherry Bean
431B Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, 3103
You will definitely get a very good, smooth and rich long black coffee here. It's a good café and although the serving area is relatively small, there's a nice range of food. Service is attentive and it's a popular place for both weekday and weekend diners. The area for guests has plenty of room and plenty of options - lounge chairs, dining tables or a high stool at the window. You can use WiFi here too so there are options to suit everyone. No wonder it's popular. It's a little bit remote at the far end of the Balwyn shopping strip, but worth walking the little extra distance for the very enjoyable experience.
Thanks a Latte, does fantastic soup but their coffee is not nearly as good at Rhimmi next door That said Rhimmi is over the top in its pricing. I have also done a survey of the local and cafes and added to the related articles. Coffee scene in Balwyn is definitely on the up and up.
If you know anything about coffee you would only go to Scarvelli in Balwyn-they use 'Industry Beans' and the French- Canadian Barista is superb!
Try the Food-it all comes from their own farm in 'Swan Bay'.
From a daily coffee customer!