Having lived in Melbourne for close to four months now (WHOA!), I feel like I can almost call myself a local. That is, trams are my second home, I get that AFL is ALWAYS a big deal, when asked the 'Sydney or Melbourne?' preference question, I have to actually pause to ponder the answer for a moment, there's always time for a skinny (because what's skim again…?) cap and while you may not be able to tell, I now leave the house simultaneously prepared for a heat wave and/or a blizzard. Above all, however, is my favourite pastime and number one local-esque endeavour - cafe hopping.
Cafe hopping is pretty much a sport. One, in which I invested some time as a Sydney sider, but now, as a Melbournite, feel as if I'm training for the gold at its event in the Olympics (wouldn't that be one to watch?!) Cafes just seem to be the perfect location for the greatest elements of life - catch ups with friends, sneaky mid-uni day breaks, quality coffee, weekend brunches, quiet study dates with yourself (can be great?) and people watching. Now, to clarify, cafe hopping can take place over the course of a day where you may dine (or sip!) in one or two different coffee abundant venues OR it may transpire over a longer period - whereby at the conclusion of a few days you discover that you've eaten more meals in cafes than at home.
It's a good day when you find an amazing cafe - but what's even greater is when it's around the corner from your abode. tall timber, located in Melbourne's southern CBD suburb, Prahran is just that. As a cafe hopper, I realised pretty quickly here that the brunch menus at a lot of the cafes don't differ very much, so when tall timber comes along and spices up what's on offer - well, it's already stepped it up a notch in my book.
tall timber's winning dish, in my opinion, is the pumpkin bruschetta on quinoa loaf with hummus, pepitas and two poached eggs - but their menu is so seasonal that by the time you get back there the next time, it'll be something different! If you roll up there soon (make sure this is before 10am on weekends or you'll have to wait :O), I can also strongly recommend the smashed avo, harissa goats curd and corn salsa on multigrain with poached eggs - ordered it this morning and it was just the best start to my week ever.
The coffee never fails to impress and the staff are wonderfully attentive. They have an array of delicious treats on the counter to tempt you at the end of your meal too - the peanut butter chocolate cookies are SO VERY JUMBO with their gigantic choc chips with hunks of peanut butter.
Hmmm, I know this blog post does indeed have a point! I guess… all I'm trying to say here is if I could only cafe hop between one cafe and my home, this one would most likely be it ;)