In the shadow of Windy Hill, you’ll find a little cafe, here to give the people of Essendon what they want. Namely, good coffee.
Helmed by Tegyn Angel and pastry chef Arnaud Lebon, Alice is a coffee oasis in an area that is bizarrely underserviced in terms of good cafes. With beans from Padre and baristas who take care to ask you exactly how you like your particular brew you won't be disappointed.
In terms of food, the pastries – crafted by Lebon – are a particular highlight. If they’re available, you can’t go past the white chocolate and passionfruit éclairs, made with a light choux pastry that causes the ends of the éclair to turn upwards like a banana and filled with feather light Chantilly cream. There’s also muffins, a small selection of baguettes, croissants by Le Madre and plans for toasties.
Make the effort to head down the rabbit hole and experience the hospitality of Alice. Your curiosity will be warmly rewarded.