It was a little difficult to find this tiny cafe, for the shop front was not visible from the alley. In fact, there is only a door and no signboard whatsoever. But you know you have reached when you spot people sitting around on orange crates randomly placed along both sides of the alley.
The cafe was tiny and standing-room-only. However, the baristas do come out regularly to clear the cups in the alley, so you do not need to order takeaway if you wish to sit in the alley.
The menu was simple; White (A$4.30), Black (A$4), or Filter (A$4). The Flat White was definitely one of the better coffee we had so far. In fact, it reminded us of Market Lane Coffee that we had in QVM.
It was actually very lovely to sit at the crates near the cafe window, for you will be inhaling the aromatic coffee fragrance!
Service was warm and friendly and the baristas were all smiley and nice. While we were waiting for our coffee, we were served sparkling water. We were so impressed!
- Location: Corner of Little Bourke & Little William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: patriciacoffee.com.au
- Directions: Take the (free) tram to Lonsdale Street (Stop 6) and walk along William Street before turning left into Little Bourke Street.
- Hrs: 7am – 4pm (Mon-Fri)
Located in a little alley, we decided to have our coffee break here, after searching through Google ratings!
Truth be told, we had wanted to go Brother Baba Budan (higher rating, haha) but it was very crowded and didn’t looked like it’s a place for sit-downs. So we wandered along and suddenly caught sight of the MP signboard when we peered into the little alley..
And so we had, clockwise from top left:
- Matcha Latte (A$5): This was a very smooth cup of matcha latte, not overly sweet, and it had an ending tone of slightly bitter matcha flavour. We liked it!
- Hot Chocolate (A$4): A rich and sweeter chocolate drink compared to what we had at Waves Port Campbell.
- Flat White (A$4): Smooth and milky, not bad at all.
- Mocha (A$4.50): A stronger cup of coffee. My first sip of mocha, so not very sure if it was good or not.
- Blueberry Muffin (A$4.8): We gathered that bagels were definitely more popular than muffins, for our blueberry muffin became a blueberry bagel when served! Haha, maybe we should not have clarified and sticked with the bagel, for the muffin was super sweet! The blueberries were very juicy though.
This was a rather large cafe with nice wall art, and it was not crowded during the afternoon that we were here, so we could chill here till we felt fully recharged!
- Location: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: www.facebook.com/manchesterpress
- Directions: Take the (free) tram to Burke Street Mall and walk along Little Burke Street before turning left into the small Rankins Lane.
- Hrs: 7am – 5pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 5pm (Sat-Sun)
We popped over next door to Gemmills for some drinks after our delicious burger at Burger Joint.
Well, we had initially wanted to have drinks only, but plans are always subject to changes 🙂
- The Duck Rillette ($10 nett) was like a paté, which reminded us a little of tuna mayo, but with a much more intense flavour. It went very well with the bread, and the crunchy pickles was refreshingly sour.
- The Quiche ($8) was pretty standard in our opinion, quite nice but without the wow factor.
- Hubby enjoyed his Flat White ($4), which was strong and acidic.
- Unfortunately, I felt that the Aurora’s Lemon & Ginger Tea ($4) was a bit weak, and I could barely taste any hint of lemon.
Iced water is available for free, and the service was friendly and pleasant. There was no free WiFi though.
We did enjoy just lounging around, enjoying the music and food. What a lovely way to end our mid-week!
We had wanted to have a drink after dinner, and we discovered Café Manuka through one of the food discount coupons in the coupon booklet distributed at the Customer Service counters located at Level 1 in IMM.
The booklet, called Triple Treats, actually had coupons from IMM, JEM and Westgate, but it was a rather long queue to wait for the coupons. Plus there were varying terms and conditions. And it so happened that the coupons for Café Manuka are only applicable for weekdays. Oh well…
Nonetheless, we thought this looked like a nice place to chill, and it was not crowded. Plus the picture of the savoury crepes was enough to lure us in… Oops, we were supposed to be here for drinks!
We were pleasantly surprised that there was a Coffee Edition of Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge after its renovations, and we decided to try both the Royal Heritage Afternoon Tea and the Not-An-Afternoon Tea Coffee Edition.
For $42++ per person, each set came with choice of one Mocktail and a selection of coffee/tea, and 3 tiers of 13 small bites.
For Mocktail, I had the Golden Lady, which was a refreshing iced TWG Rose Boudoir tea with delightful tones of lychee fragrance. Hubby had the Iced Copacabana, which was like milk chocolate that was made up of Brazil expresso, cream and milk.
Yet another lazy Sunday afternoon for this unfortunate couple who had been taking turns falling sick throughout the Lunar New Year period, and we did not really feel like eating much today. Thus, pies became lunch!
Located at a quiet corner behind the main Upper Thomson road (behind UOB), we were first greeted by a X’mas tree outside, followed by a huge teddy bear!
Being a corner unit, an entire wall was turned into glass, which instantly brightens up the place and provided an extended view for customers as they sat and laze the afternoon away…
Wifey was at a meeting nearby so we decided to drop by The Populus for dinner. We had walked past on Tuesday but it was closed. We had wanted to try out this place since it opened in Oct 2015 but had not been able to. Lucky for us, it was a Thursday today and they closed at 10:30pm!
The Populus is just a few shops away from The Lokal along the same Neil Road. It has quite a large seating area with a simple, modern deco. Warm lights on a high ceiling creates a homely atmosphere where friends can just gather and chit-chat over food and coffee.
Plain water is self-serviced and they accept credit card payments for totals above $50, which is quite steep in my opinion. Lower than that, you can pay by cash or NETS.
We were in this area to see our GP (who is very good, but the queue is always super long queue…), and to our horror, the wet market and food centre was closed for renovations! So we had to walk around the area to hunt for food, and were happy to discover this relatively new cafe that was relatively empty 😀
Twenty Grammes has a main branch in North Bridge Road (which we had wanted to try but have not had the chance to), and this AMK branch just opened its doors in Oct 2015!
We did a journey to the West today, after casting our vote for the future (or the next 5 years) of Singapore!
Did some shopping at JEM before heading over to Westgate for a bite.
In the end, Cafe Crema caught our eye, because we were in need of some good coffee!
Hubby ordered a Flat White ($6 inclusive of GST) and we shared the Big Bad Wolf ($16).
The Flat White was served in a huge cup! Smooth and slightly acidic, it was not bad. But there was no latte art, so hubby was a bit sad… How come we see so many pictures of coffee with latte art here? On hindsight, maybe we should have tried the signature Piccolo Latte.
The Big Bad Wolf was huge, and perfect for sharing. Use your hands and stuff everything into your mouth; the combination of breaded pork cutlet, smoked ham, crispy bacon, egg mayo, and buttered Brioche, was simply awesome. Taken apart, they don’t taste quite as good. The sandwich came with a side serving of chips (like those potato chips in a bag), and a salad with a slightly sweet but rather addictive dressing.
Note: Water is freely available at the side station.
Teddy’s US Beef Burger
BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Conveniently located just next to Exit H of Outram MRT station, hubby wanted to try out this place because of the waffles, but we got distracted by other stuff instead 😛