The emergence of Australian coffee culture has its origins in the waves of migration from southern Europe back in the 1950s. After World War II, Italians and Greeks migrated to Melbourne and with them they brought the taste for coffee, cafe culture and espresso machines.
Its very hard to get bad coffee in South Yarra. What is it that our coffee shops do so well? Apart from having well trained baristas and high quality coffee, many have developed reputations for high quality food offerings, as well as a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. They're great places to be, to meet up with friends, to catch your breath and relax before heading out again...
Here are four of our favourite side street cafes:
The Final Step - 1C Murphy Street, South Yarra. Here's a write up about Final Step in Broadsheet.
Cafe Gaia - 4 Avoca Street, South Yarra. Here's what Trip Advisor says about Cafe Gaia
Coffee Geek Brewers - 81 Davis Avenue, South Yarra. Here's what other says about Coffee Geek Brewers on Trip Advisor.
Darling Cafe - 2 Darling Street, South Yarra. - Here's a write up about Darling Cafe in Broadsheet.
and down on the eastern end of Toorak Road South Yarra, opposite Rockley Gardens, is Verve Spice Cafe. Just look for the bright yellow door:
Verve Spice Cafe - 330 Toorak Road, South Yarra. Here's what others say about Verve Spice on Trip Advisor.
All are small businesses catering to the local community. The locals love them. So next time you're on Toorak Road pop into one of the sidestreets and visit one of these cafes. You'll love them!