Stovetop, 100 Leicester Street, Carlton. Latte $3.60
A friend told me about Stovetop a few weeks ago and I’m glad she did. Located down the street from the Law Building, Stovetop is a gorgeously fitted out cafe, with lots of light coming through the front windows, light coloured wood, cool lightbulbs, warm and friendly - ie. all the things I like in a coffee shop. The coffee is strong and smooth, they’ve got a great selection of food, and they’re open on the weekends - which is very handy when you spend almost all your waking hours at uni.
I have been super busy lately (and will continue to be for the next few weeks) working on my thesis, so I haven’t had a chance to review any more cafes around campus. But there are still many that I want to talk about! So here’s hoping I manage to squeeze in some coffee and photography time in the next few days.
(Catching up on some sleep would be nice too.)
Haymarket Place, 212 Berkeley Street, Latte $3.50
Another relatively new place, tucked around the corner from The Spot and Alan Gilbert. I love the wooden chairs and the bookshelf wallpaper, but overall, I think the space could do with some more lighting and better music - on different visits I’ve heard Jenny from the Block (oh the memories of being an awkward teenager) and Miley Cyrus. However, the coffee is decent (and improving), and it’s fairly quiet - a good change of pace without having wander too far from uni.
Lot 6, Gate 6, Swanston Street (near ERC Level 1), Latte $3.30
Tucked behind Frank Tate and ERC, the first thing you notice about Lot 6 is the high ceiling and all the gorgeous natural light in the place. These guys consistently make good coffee and fairly quickly too (handy when you’re running late for class). I love sitting here in the morning with my coffee, enjoying the sunshine and slowly waking up, listening to the sounds of the coffee machine and watching people walk by outside.
The staff at Gazi, late this afternoon.
As for the food: really enjoyed the eggplant and the shortrib moussaka. The beef brisket mini-souvlaki however, was so-so. Service was great - friendly but not overbearing, and the fit out (terracotta pots hanging from the ceiling and cool lights) was a win in my book.