Category Archives: Café Bar & Lounge

Çikolatte – North Adelaide, SA

133 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006

Finding Çikolatte was a total fluke.  I went looking for two other coffee hotspots on Melbourne street – neither of which I could find even after two slow drives down its length – although I did managed to located UR Cafe after a long walk – however it was closed on the public holiday – but not Çikolatte. Located not that far from the now derelict ‘Loose Goose’ – Adelaide winner of My Restaurant Rules (remember that blast from the past?) – heading east towards the hills – Çikolatte – according to its bollards and signage, was just the place I was looking for.  For lunch time on a public holiday it was about half full – offering your typical range of lunch time fare (wraps, focacias, etc.) to go with their hot & cold speciality drinks – the atmosphere was nice, the decor comfortable.  There were three tables outside under the verandah – but, due to my English complexion, I stuck with my table by the window (and as it turned out – I think also by the toilet door….).

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South Australian Coffee???

Surely there are more than 58 places in Adelaide where you can buy a coffee?  Yet that is ‘all she wrote’ according to the latest updates on the Beanhunter.  According to their South Australian based users, we have less cafes worth drinking in and/or writing about then does the Gold Coast (61) and Canberra (68).  Yes you read right – according to the Beanhunter, there are more and better coffee vending establishments in our nations capital then there are in RADelaide – the coffee capital of the southern hemisphere (just don’t tell Melbourne).

Come on people – do your state a favour – do what Rann couldn’t (a bit of political commentary there – haha)  – do what Craig couldn’t (a bit of sport commentary there) – raise your state’s profile above the Gold Coast and Canberra – make us proud – list your favourite cafe on the Beanhunter (even list your least favourite cafe – at least then others will know to avoid it) and let us get Adelaide above Canberra.

First the Gold Coast, then Canberra…then the world!!!!

the fly café bar – Tullamarine, VIC

T3, Concourse E , Gate 5 – Melbourne Domestic Terminal, Airport Drive, Tullamarine, VIC, 3043

For those of you who are regular flyers of the blue virgin, you will have seen this bright orange place in your travels.  With nearly two hours to kill before my flight home, I decided I’d try this place – rather than my usual sludge from Hudsons.  To my surprise the staff of the fly café bar were friendly to customers (only my second experience of this in Melbourne so I was a bit taken-a-back) and after only a short wait (15 mins) I received my coffee, and proceeded to enjoy it, while reading ‘The Missional Leader‘ by Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk for class.  You can also order food here – although as with most airport shops, you need to bring a cheque book or already have a large overdraft – and it also serves pretty much any sort of grog you can think of – hence the use of ‘bar’ in its name – I suspect this is where the real money is made.

Latte Quality – Good – it had what I could best describe as an ‘earthy flavour’ – but don’t ask me why.  I hated my first taste, but it grew on me.

Cost – $3.90 – for a large take away cup – which is not bad remembering that this was in an airport.

Coffee SupplierGravity Espresso – which according to their website is Melbourne’s ‘coolest’ coffee

Fair Trade – No mention in the café nor on the website.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – if you are looking for a place to conduct these sorts of activities in an airport – you have come to the wrong place – although I did managed to read the same page of my book about five times in the seat nearest the window near gate 5….

cafe NOVA – Fitzroy, VIC

307 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065

This was a great place to end our final day in Melbourne – after we had enjoyed the great food and hospitality at Joe’s Garage, we wandered and experienced the sights and sounds – and a great second hand book store – of Brunswick Street, before settling on cafe NOVA for coffee.  Being that the night was balmy, we were able to sit outside and enjoy the ambiance of bumper to bumper traffic, the noxious smells from cars in serious need of TLC [not the Truth and Liberation Concern], the traffic halting congestion that can only be caused by a tram on a narrow street, all the while be bathed in the warmth of brake light theatre – ahh, Melbourne – although all that fun could explain while staff seemed to want to be anywhere but at work…  Seriously, it looks like Brunswick Street could have any number of great cafés on it, and I am sure that they could all do with a trip to two to Adelaide to learn now to properly make the stuff 😉

Latte Quality – Excellent – the best of my time in Melbourne, with a subtle nutty flavour.

Cost – $3.50 – for a ‘regular’ sized latte – although I would describe it being smallish…

Coffee SupplierDimattina Coffee – from Melbourne’s northern suburbs

Fair Trade – No mention at NOVA – not any obvious mention on Dimattina’s website

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, Study and Reflection – possibly a venue for all of these purposes if you picked you time appropriately and were disciplined enough not keep  looking around at all the sites and sounds.

While we were there, we were sound witnesses [as in we heard the sound of her hitting the ground and surmised the rest] of a nasty accident between a female cyclist and the bitumen coating of Brunswick street.  Fully decked out in her cycling gear – down to the lock in shoes on the pedals, this cyclist decided she would move across the street running parallel with the tram tracks – rather than hitting them at 90 degrees – her front tyre got wedged in the tracks and over she went – head first into the street – luckily for her, there was no car close by to add to her woe, and as luck would have it there was am EMT Paramedic sitting in his car directly opposite where she hit the ground – he was by her side in less than one minute. We prayer for her as we walked back to the car, and pray that she is doing alright.

Stadium Café Bar & Lounge – Mulgrave, VIC

Shop 7, 2 Stadium Circuit, Waverley Park, Mulgrave, Vic 3170

In the later part of my Melbourne years (Jan 2003-Dec 2007) this place became as much my local as did GJ’s over the hill – and again, it was probably just as much about the friendly staff as it was about the coffee – and the awesome fries with this addictive mayo kind of dipping sauce this – do you remember Jarrod? Well the friendly staff that I knew have gone [Jo] as has the dipping sauce [although that did disappear while I was still there – which brought an end to weekly sessions and sent us looking elsewhere] but it is still the closest Café to the College (at least until the Tabor one is fully operational) and so while I was there for a week’s study – we had to get a ‘real’ coffee.

Latte Quality – Good – Excellent.  I had a couple of cups from here – all takeaway, so it largely depended upon the barrista.

Cost – $4.50 – for a large take away cup.

Coffee SupplierVittoria Coffee

Fair Trade – No mention in the café nor on the website – however Vittoria do have one variety which is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful/Study and Reflection – During the daylight hours definitely – I used to meet here weekly for peer mentoring, and there was generally a quiet table to be found somewhere – either inside or out.  It you are tragically a Hawthorn Fan [Peter] , this is the place to come to watch the boys run around on the training ground.  The Stadium Café Bar & Lounge is in the only remaining part of the old VFL Ground known as Waverley (aka Arctic) Park – for South Australia readers – just think Football Park, as they were almost identical in design and construction.
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