AUSTRALIA – Jo Bites Oz, Part 3

Jet lag. I’d like to say I don’t suffer from it, and as an experienced traveller I could simply shake it off and reset my body clock when I arrive in a different time zone. But it seems like the older I get (I’m 50 this year), the harder it is to recover from lack of sleep.

In the past I’ve tried melatonin and prescription sleeping pills, even dozing off for hours on a long, international flight, but I’m still exhausted upon arrival. The last thing I want to do is waste time catching up on sleep when I’m in a new city (or country).

When I’m fighting jet lag, a good attitude helps. Plus I always get a rush of adrenaline when I begin a new adventure. And coffee… lots and lots of extraordinary coffee.

Australia Part 3: Melbourne Coffee and Café Culture Tour
Not many cities take their coffee as seriously as Melbourne does.  Since the first espresso machines landed in the 50’s, the city’s reverence for the coffee bean has continued to prosper.  The third wave coffee movement has taken hold, with a number of cafes serving cold press, siphon, filter and clover methods, with locally roasted beans.  Today, it is difficult to turn a corner in the city centre without enjoying the aroma of fresh brews. (Tourism Australia)

 

Along the Yarra River, Melbourne
Our Melbourne Coffee and Cafe tour was organized by Walk Melbourne, with our group meeting near our hotel on the Yarra River. We spent almost three hours walking around, tasting coffee, eating lunch and also exploring Melbourne’s lane ways with Hidden Secret Tours.

Alice Nivens Cafe, Melbourne, Australia
First stop, Alice Nivens Cafe located on Flinders street. Owner Janet Wong named the café after Tim Burton’s white rabbit, Nivens, and brings her love of baking, liquids and fantasy alive in this small inviting space.

Alice Nivens Cafe, Melbourne, Australia
Peeking into Alice Nivens.

Alice Nivens cafe, Melbourne
Pastries at Alice Nivens.

Alice Nivens cafe, Melbourne
Janet Wong, the charming owner of Alice Nivens Cafe.

Alice Nivens cafe, Melbourne
Alice Nivens Cafe.

Alice Nivens Cafe, Melbourne, Australia
Alice Nivens Cafe.

Alice Nivens cafe, Melbourne
Wall art at Alice Nivens.

Alice Nivens cafe, Melbourne
I tried Los Planes (El Savador) coffee at Alice Nivens Cafe. It tasted floral with hints of sweet candied citrus, pomegranate and cocoa.

Alice Nivens Cafe, Melbourne, Australia
Alice Nivens Cafe.

Walk Melbourne Tour
Dukes Coffee Roasters on Flinders Lane. Dukes features a dedicated filter bar and is made largely using reclaimed and recycled construction materials. A percentage of annual sales from the coffee house is pledged to environmental causes.

Walk Melbourne Tour
Dukes is very serious about coffee. I felt like I was in a coffee test lab!

Walk Melbourne Tour
Brother Buba Budan (on Little Bourke Street)  is named after the world’s first coffee smuggler. BBB uses some of the best coffee in Australia, roasted by Melbourne’s own famous coffee smuggler, Mark Dundon.

Brother Baba Budan in Melbourne, Australia
At Brother Buba Budan I tried Finca La Soledad (Guatamala) with notes of nectarine, toffee and mandarin.

Walk Melbourne Tour
After several cups of coffee, my new pal (fellow writer Nyree McFarlane) and I grabbed a quick Dinkum pie to soak up all the glorious caffeine.

Dinkum Pies is located in one of Melbourne’s magical hidden laneways, Block Place (off the Block Arcade.) For over forty years, they’ve been making traditional meat pies, pasties and other Australian goodies.

Walk Melbourne Tour
Steak Curry & Rice Pie.

Walk Melbourne Tour
More touring, then brunch at Silo by Joost, Melbourne’s first ‘zero-waste’ café.

Walk Melbourne Tour
Near the kitchen of Silo by Joost.

Walk Melbourne Tour
Spring Vegetables, Hens Egg, Olive Brine, Buttermilk at Joost.

Walk Melbourne Tour
Jerusalem Artichoke, Cumin and Yogurt Soup at Joost.

Walk Melbourne Tour
More walking in beautiful Melbourne.

SheBeen in Melbourne, Australia
We past Shebeen cafe after eating brunch. I would’ve loved have gone back but I just didn’t have the time. From the website: We donate 100% of our profits, and your choice at the bar determines where they end up. Here’s how it works… Every beer, wine, cider and margarita sale sends funds back to that drink’s country of origin. We’ve made sure your money ends up in the right pockets by scouring the globe to find some of the smartest organisations tackling poverty in the developing world.

Walk Melbourne Tour
Beautiful old tram. Melbourne’s first electric tram began operation on 14 October 1889 between Box Hill and Doncaster. The service was abandoned less than seven years later and it took until October 1906 for another electric service to begin. (Yarra Trams)

Walk Melbourne Tour
Touring lanes and arcades.

Hosier Lane, Melbourne
Melbourne street art. Hosier Lane is the iconic street art laneway in between Flinders St and Collins St.

Hosier Lane, Melbourne
Ganesh on Hosier Lane.

Bar Americano 20 Presgrave Pl, Melbourne, VIC
Bar Americano, “situated in a laneway, off another laneway” in Melbourne. My favorite photo of the day.

Many thanks to  Tourism AustraliaTourism VictoriaMelbourne Food and Wine.
Melbourne Part TWO here.
Melbourne Part ONE here.

Walk Melbourne
www.walkmelbourne.com.au

Hidden Secret Tours
www.hiddensecretstours.com

Alice Nivens
www.alicenivenscafe.com

Dukes
www.dukescoffee.com.au

Brother Buba Budan
On FaceBook

Dinkum Pies
On FaceBook

Silo by Joost
www.byjoost.com/silo/

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2 responses to “AUSTRALIA – Jo Bites Oz, Part 3

  1. Aaaahh, love this post!! The gorgeous images of Flinders St cafe scene remind me why we decided to open a cafe in Scotland :-)

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