1 Lawson Grove, South Yarra, VIC, 3141
This place is a hidden gem in the truest sense. Lawson Grove is a tiny cul-de-sac near the Yarra River and its eponymous cafe started off life as a communal kitchen – and only then a shop – at the bottom of some Art Deco flats designed by Melbourne architect Howard Ratcliff Lawson. These days it’s mostly cafe and partly shop -selling goodies such as hand-stretched Shaw River Buffalo Mozzarella and Flip Shelton’s muesli.
We take our espressos outside while enjoying the leafy neighbourhood. It’s served in a shot glass, and tastes of walnut in the middle of the tongue while delivering a lemony tang at the edges. The aroma conjures freshly-baked biscuit. The follow-through is somewhat short and the texture a trifle thin, but not unpleasantly so.
The latte is creamy with a mild, caramel flavour. While locals get special treatment (a discount if you live in the street), outsiders who’ve made the trek are warmly welcomed and rewarded with hearty breakfast options.
+613 9866 3640
mon - fri: 7.30am - 5.30pm sat - sun: 8am - 6pm