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Tyranny of Distance Cafe & Bar

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by Melanie Lynn (subscribe)
Going wherever the wind blows me and enjoying the ride.
Published June 6th 2012
Tyranny of Distance
Wall Poster


Upon entering Tyranny of a Distance, you may feel as though you have stumbled into a pirate tavern or somewhere out of Gulliver's Travels. The whole place has a very adventurous feel to it and gave me the sensation I was on a ship of old, off to circumnavigate the globe.

Tyranny of Distance
Welcome to Tyranny of Distance


The crew at Tyranny of Distance have gone to great lengths in bringing to life the Reduce Reuse Recycle motto. Old, decommissioned gas cylinders have been used throughout the café as decorative features, lighting covers and plant containers.

Tyranny of Distance
Gas Tank Decor


Look closer and you'll also see empty jerry cans strapped to the roof, rusty toolboxes with succulents stemming from within them and reused tin cans containing sugar. The funky vintage décor can be attributed to the owners, who commissioned a number of Melbourne artists to design the café.



Tyranny of Distance serves Toby's Estate coffee, which is a pleasant and mild blend. The menu options are unique dishes that contain properties reminiscent of traditional style cooking as well. So you are safe trying something different, as the combined flavours are not too exotic and will appeal to a variety of palates. Simply put, you can be a little more adventurous with your order without worrying you will end up spending the duration of your meal pushing food around your plate and wondering how far the nearest McDonalds is.

Tyranny of Distance
Cappuccino à la Toby's Estate


Spanish style baked eggs are a hearty offering complete with chorizo, roasted capsicum, smoked paprika, tomato compote and sweet onion. The freshly baked flat bread it's served with (a Tyranny specialty) is still toasty warm when you get it and is perfect for mopping up every trace of the delicious remnants.

Tyranny of Distance
Spanish Style Baked Eggs


Another purchase you won't regret is the Tyranny potato rosti stack. Piled sky high with baby spinach, bacon, avocado and soft poached eggs, it is also a winning dish that won't disappoint and will fill you to the brim.

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Tyranny Rosti Stack


Spray art embellishments can be spotted in various parts of the establishment and add a creatively vivid setting for your dining experience. Complete with friendly and much obliging staff, there is little you will not adore at Tyranny of Distance.

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Why? A weird and wonderful place to have your coffee.
When: Mon - Wed: 7am - 11pm Thu: 7am - 12pm Fri: 7am- 1am Sat: 8am - 1am Sun: 8am - 12pm
Phone: (03) 9525 1005
Where: 147 Union Street WINDSOR 3181
Cost: $10-$30
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