There seems to be an overriding theme of elegant simplicity at De Clieu. Everything here is slowed down and feels well polished. The space is named after the French Lieutenant who first introduced coffee to the French colonies in South America.
Being on the busy shopping strip of Gertrude Street, the cafe has taken the opportunity to develop the retail arm of their business. A corner of the cafe is specifically dedicated to finding you the perfect bean to take home. They’re encouraging the use of the French press, which everyone has and is capable of using to make an excellent cup of coffee at home.
While the coffee at De Clieu is everything we expect from the guys who also established the Seven Seeds legacy, it’s not necessarily the focus here. They’ve created a well-rounded cafe with great coffee, great food and great design. The food menu for example, developed by Steven Carr (Healesville Hotel, Giant Steps), has a strong focus on small, local producers – ultimately, it’s just a really nice place to be. Especially as the space, fitted out by Six Degrees, is characterised by two great big counterweight windows with large wooden sills – perfect for sitting with your legs hanging out into leafy George Street.