Graduation is nearing and what better way to farewell six years of blissful student life, than to dedicate a blog to the cafes that have filled my lunch breaks and ‘missed’ lectures. Here are the top 5 cafes that are within walking distance from the University of Melbourne:
1. Seven Seeds
Seven seeds is a micro roaster, cafe and coffee retailer all-in-one. From my perspective, Seven Seeds is the original hipster cafe, serving top notch food within a trendy converted warehouse. Notably, producing one of the best coffees in Melbourne, its proximity to the University of Melbourne means its popularity amongst students and staff is maintained. The menu and coffee beans are constantly evolving between seasons, providing an opportunity to salivate at the array of rotating dishes and premium coffee.
Recommended Dish: Waygu Burger w/ Pork Crackle
A short distance from the Law Building, Stovetop is a recent addition to the university café scene. Cinnamon waffles, sweet potato latkes and baked duck eggs would make any student’s stomach rumble. Menu options are diverse, ranging from semolina baked gnocchi to confit ocean trout. No need for Union House food in this domain.
Recommended Dish: Duck Egg Baked in Sauteed Spinach w/ Roast Pumpkin, Persian Fetta, House Za’atar
3. Le Miel et La Lune
A 10 minute walk from Melbourne University – this corner cafe’s menu is best described as French inspired with a Korean influence. Thinly sliced pork belly, kim chi and enoki mushrooms are examples of Asian ingredients you can expect to find as fusion elements. Le Miel et La Lune is definitively more interesting than your standard brunch fare.
Recommended Dish: Potato hash w/ Pork belly, Poached egg , Mixed mushrooms
Who doesn’t love an authentic Italian pizza? Kaprica pays homage to its Italian roots with quality toppings and great simple pizzas. As the pizza nazis will proudly proclaim ‘ NO PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA, ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS!’ The decor is rustic and charming and if pizza’s aren’t your fancy, a range of Italian mains are also on offer.
Recommended Dish: Proscuitto Pizza- Tomato, proscuitto, rocket, parmesan + Strawberry & Ricotta Tart
5. Animal Orchestra
Baked eggs are Animal Orchestra’s specialty, served with a thick slice of buttery bread. It’s nothing spectacular, but baked eggs have always served as great winter comfort food following those looming winter exams.
Recommended Dish: Chorizo baked eggs
Worthy mentions: Dr Dax Kitchen , Lot 6, Haymarket
Have I missed any? Comment below.
All images by Hungrycookie (exception Kaprica – obtained from Urbanspoon)