You’d be pretty happy if you lived in the apartments above Duke of Kerr. Or, in fact, anywhere in the vicinity. It’s the kind of neighbourhood cafe you want as your local. Located on quiet, mostly residential block in Fitzroy, the cafe feels a little bit Parisian, well, in a tucked-down-a-leafy-Parisian-side-street way. But, apart from the ambiance, it’s not really French at all. Inside, there’s funk soul playing and the decor is all wood, dark tables and chairs and bi-fold glass doors on two sides of the room. A collaboration between a few hospitality stalwarts, Duchess of Spotswood’s Andy Gale, St Ali’s Mark Richardson and Bertie’s Butcher’s Darren Moncrieff, it’s serving up up all-day breakfasts that are available after-dark on Fridays and Saturdays, too. Drinks are served all day, too, and if you subscribe to the “it’s after noon somewhere in the world” philosophy, order The Original Bastard ($12) bloody mary or a glass of Tasmanian sparkling wine. If you don’t, the locally roasted Clark Street coffee will see you through.
Words: Jo Rittey. Images: Kate Shanasy.
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