The old stereotype that cops love doughnuts and coffee has been happily embraced at Hawthorn's new espresso bar Cop Shop. The hole-in-the-wall cafe, located at the entrance to the buzzing Glenferrie Station, is offering free coffee for the men and women in blue. But, it's catering to the rest of us common folk, too, with its locally roasted coffee and sugary lineup of shakes and sweets.
From the team behind neighbouring pizza joint Holy Moly and nightclub Untz Untz, the cafe offers Melbourne-roasted Niccolo coffee and an extensive range of vegan shakes and frappes. The vegan shakes ($8) are made using a coconut ice cream base, with an option of either almond or soy milk, and include flavours such as jersey caramel, Oreo, and chocolate mint. If the drinks menu doesn't entice you, check out the fresh batch of sugary doughnuts ($4 each) delivered daily by Patisserie by Raf. While the flavours change daily, expect options like pineapple glaze with coconut, lamington, salted caramel and ones stuffed with Nutella and peanut butter and jelly.
Located in close proximity to Swinburne University, the cafe has cleverly decided to offer discounts for students, who only have to pay $3 for a regular coffee (compared to the normal price $3.50). So before a long day of work or uni, start your day with a fresh cup of joe and a sweet treat — and after, head in for a well-deserved whisky-spiked Irish coffee.