Months ago, I was asked for some recommendations for a taste of Melbourne from someone who only had one day, or rather – one lunchtime in the CBD. Whilst Flinders Lane is a an incredibly popular option with its graffiti-lined side streets, the question prompted me think about one of my favourite streets in Melbourne – Guilford Lane, home to Krimper Café, Rustica Canteen and Short Stop Doughnuts.
Its fantastic location (within minutes walking distance from both Melbourne Central and Flagstaff Station) makes it the perfect stopover for anyone on a work trip to Melbourne and a visit means ticking off a few of Melbourne’s icons – a beautiful lane way, coffee, doughnuts and of course, converted warehouses. If you are someone with a penchant for hidden gems, don’t miss this spot.
A sister cafe to Rustica Sourdough, Rustica Canteen offers delicious breakfast and lunch options, served with their artisan breads. No visit to Rustica Canteen is complete without their Isaphan (Rose and Lychee – pictured) or Peanut Butter croissants.
Grab on the go: Croissants (Isaphan & and Peanut Butter Chocolate), Salted Caramel Choux Pastry
33 Guildford Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000
Converted from an industrial era warehouse, most of the fixtures and fittings inside Krimper have been selected to reflect this bygone period in history. However, in spite of the unfinished decor, the dark palette and rustic vibes lends itself to a rather cosy atmosphere, whilst the food is modern and refreshing. It’s easily one of the best kept secrets in Melbourne.
For something different, request a ‘Dirty Chai’ – essentially a Chai Latte with a shot of espresso. It resembles a warm espresso martini, just without the alcohol.
Grab on the go: Coffee or Chai Latte
20 Guildford Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000
Short Stop Doughnuts
Arguably one of the best doughnuts in Melbourne, Short Stop Doughnuts are supplied to selected cafes around the city however for the best selection, head to the store early in the morning or pre-order online for pickup. The space is small, but there’s enough room to grab a coffee and doughnut otherwise do what everyone does and order a box to takeaway. The cruellers, which resemble churros, are one of the most popular offerings. Covered with a sweet coat of sugar, it holds a delicate crunch on the outside and a soft, moist interior.
Grab on the go: Australian Honey & Sea Salt Crueller, Maple Walnut & Brown Butter, Peanut Butter, Lemon Meringue (Between $4 to $5.50 each)
12 Sutherland Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 (Just off Guildford Lane)