Great spots to get a good coffee are thick on the ground in the side-by-side suburbs of Beaumaris and Cheltenham. This breezy bayside area is awash with cafes that know what theyre doing. Today Postcoder gives the nod to 5 of the best.
Ladies who lunch like to do so at The Parlour, but the crowd here is not limited to those with time on their manicured hands. Friendly and laid-back, The Parlour attracts a diverse clientele thanks to its cold-drip coffee and brilliant salads (try the roast chicken with quinoa, goats cheese and almonds, and youll get the idea). Kids are welcome here too, with breakfast and lunch menus just for them.
40 Weatherall Road, Cheltenham Victoria 3192|(03) 9515 4514
With a wall full of vintage vinyl and something always spinning on the turntables, the Milk Boy Espresso & Kitchen experience is about the music as much as it is about the food and bev. That said the eating and drinking options here are very tasteful indeed with rock solid sandwiches the mainstay along with expertly brewed coffee. The vibe here is totally chilled and always welcoming.
Shop 1, Railway Walk, 255 Charman Road, Cheltenham 3192 |(03) 8555 0250
Honey Badgers popularity is due as much to the fresh and approachable menu as it is to the insanely friendly staff. Regulars are addicted to the long lost relative greetings they get here, while those unaccustomed to such warmth in wait staff are quickly converted. Family friendly and with a play area out back, theres just lots to love about a visit here.
106 Charman Road, Mentone 3194 |9585 2147
Best described by a GF friend as a gluten-free bonanza, Treat No Wheat gives the Coeliac set something to smile about again. Boasting nothing but wheat-free goodies, the bakery menu gives gluten-filled foods a run for their money. With brilliant bagels, pies and cakes available, this shop is worth a visit by hungry people of all tummy types!
15-17 Follett Road, Cheltenham 3192 |0419 808 566
Being beside the seaside really does seem to take the stress out of the air. And at Ginger Fox the feeling is palpable. Casual and elegant, this place makes dining out easy and breezy. The gorgeous food is delivered without pomp or pretension, and the coffee is as good as youll ever get.
23-25 South Concourse, Beaumaris 3193 |9589 4614