Add another name to your list of CBD cafes that you really ought to try. Opening last week in Southern Cross Lane, Axil SXL is the latest member of the Axil Coffee Roasters family, after their flagship store in Hawthorn and their standing-room-only espresso bar in Flinders Lane. The new location appears to fall somewhere in the middle, size-wise, serving caffeinated brews along with fancy jaffles and tasty sweet treats.
Tucked away in the Southern Cross Lane shopping mall at the east end of the city, Axil SXL isn't a full blown restaurant. According to The Weekly Review, coffee is their primary focus, although they also serve snacky breakfast and lunch options. After a high-end toastie? Try the variant made with gruyere and garlic mushrooms, or slow cooked shredded lamb. Their waffle offerings are similarly insane, featuring chocolate, peanut butter and banana.
SXL won't be the new kid on the block for long though. Founders Dave Makin and Zoe Delany are already getting ready to throw open the doors on their fourth location: an all-day cafe on Bridge Road in Richmond. Mayday, as it's set to be called, will serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and it might even have its own bakery attached. Look out for them in January...and hit up SXL in the meantime
Axil SXL is located at Shop 6, Southern Cross Lane, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Their opening hours are 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. For more information, visit www.axilcoffee.com.au.