Barbarella Gelato and Wine Bar is named for the ’60s sci-fi flick starring Jane Fonda – not for its storyline, but for its loose European ties; it was shot in Italy by a French director.

It is by The European Group whose other venues include The European, The Melbourne Supper Club, Kirk’s Wine Bar and French Saloon.

It wouldn’t be out of place in a Parisian or Roman train station – it is long and slender with lots of dark timber, marble, glass, brass and black wrought-iron arches. Then there’s the arcade’s existing mosaic tiled floor. It’s the kind of place you can pop into and sit at the bar on your own for your morning coffee, or meet a couple of people at for a drink in the afternoon.

Barbarella offers a condensed version of what’s available on Spring Street at Spring Street Grocer and City Wine Shop.

Eight flavours of gelati and sorbetti are available daily in flavours such as white chocolate and elderberry, and pistachio. There are six wines by the glass and a mix of European and local beers.

The rest of the food menu is limited to what can be prepared in the small kitchen; it’s a wine and baguette sort of offering. Toasted sandwiches and bagels; mueslis; egg dishes; a few salads; and pastries from the bakery at Trattoria Emilia. Cold-pressed juices come from Spring Street Grocer, and there’s coffee, shakes and sodas.

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Updated: December 7th, 2020

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