Florence opened in August 2018 in a white 1930s cottage that used to house Cafe Grenadine.
Owners Elizabeth Florence and Sam Pethely met when they worked at Felix for Goodness in the CBD, which Pethely co-owns. They first met when Florence showed up at Felix and asked for a job. In her hands was a bottle of homemade kasundi (a tomato and mustard chutney). They bonded over the wholesome and nourishing food that Felix has become known for, and wanted to bring a similar food philosophy to the suburbs.
The all-day breakfast might include Sri Lankan-style egg hoppers with dahl and asparagus, and breakfast Mille Feuille with date “Nutella”, vanilla cream, rhubarb and macadamia. Much of the produce on the menu – including many of the ferments and pickles – are available to buy from the cafe’s small deli section. Top picks include red sauerkraut, kimchi, nut cheeses, and perhaps a jar of the aforementioned kasundi.
To bring the current space to life, Florence and Pethely knocked down a wall, ripped up the floorboards to reveal checkered lino tiles, and installed custom-made timber features from local furniture maker, Talty Sargent. The exterior of the building has stayed as is, except for the addition of street-side dining and a takeaway coffee hatch that serves coffee from Parallel Roasters.