Only a short walk from the bustling strip of Acland Street is a little gem of a cafe that’s been a favourite of locals for eons.
There is a laidback energy that washes over you from the moment you walk through the door of Galleon Café. Whether it’s the mismatched décor or the friendly staff, there is a feeling that you’ve stepped into a unique place. There’s something even a little rock‘n’roll about it.
Conceived in the 80s with the flair of the 50s, lino tables sit offset colourful murals and hand painted blinds in this eclectic space, synonymous with the St Kilda of old. Time has worn the Galleon down over the years, but as a result the interior possesses an authentic feel of yesteryear, ringing true to the phrase ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
There are almost always patrons sitting curbside on a sunny day at the Galleon, but it’s the weekends that are most busy. You might end up sharing a table, but you’ll likely be friends with your neighbour by the end of it. The menu is diverse and includes things like a classic burger, scrambled tofu, pancakes and hot muffins, all of which is available throughout the day.
The Galleon Café is an institution in St Kilda, steeped in history and helped along by consistently good coffee, homely food and warm service.