North Fitzroy’s local zen den: Carolina Cafe

Inside a North Fitzroy boot shop re-imagined, Carolina cafe is serving up inventive (and organic) breakfast and lunch to hungry hipsters and hung over locals. The staff are famously friendly, the kind that remember your face if not your name; making you feel right at home in their otherwise super trendy eatery.

Their menu features all that’s typical of bougie Melbourne cafes each with it’s own Carolina style spin: think avocado smash with seasonal greens and smokey baba ganoush, and apple and almond bircher with raspberry chia seed and lemon sherbet!

The cosy establishment with a huge outdoor courtyard is probably not going to be the relaxing zen den it was on a Monday when I visited–on a Saturday.

However, I realized after finishing my divine breakfast of Salmon Gravlax, poached eggs, beetroot puree, Meredith’s Goats Feta, potato rosti and avocado; that the exceptional food and service at Carolina would make up for any length of wait time.

The entrance to the cafe is decorated with a counter cabinet full of delicious sweet treats: (salted caramel macaron cookies and house roasted coffee beans) looking out across dark wooden banquettes and leather cushions.

To get to the courtyard you have to walk through the kitchen; say hey to the handsome and friendly chefs and you might just get a bigger helping of greens with your poached eggs.

With space for only about 20 diners the outside area is the perfect spot to dine solo, read a book on your day off, or re-charge on vitamin D.

I (as I’m sure many other Melburnians would agree) can think of nothing better than the thought of organic breaky and great coffee, served in a light filled lot literally covered in plants and flowers. Carolina is what I call true luxury; I doubt this little gem will stay secret for long; pay Carolina a visit and become one of the locals.




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