Spot the yellow brick near Jewell Station in Brunswick, and you’ll find Alex Anderson, Ben Kaye and Camilo Salgado’s cafe, Nice One.
With a large garden courtyard – with basketball ring – it’s a family-friendly space, great for parents, prams and children. There’s also an exhibition space showing work by local artists.
Mycelium Studios is behind the polished, warm fit-out that has custom lights by Copper Industrial Design and handmade recycled-timber furniture. Anderson’s dad sourced original army canvas from Albury-Wodonga to add texture to the cafe counter.
You enter Nice One through its garden courtyard, which backs onto Jewell Station’s car park. It has several nooks between planter boxes, veggie patches and fruit trees to settle into with a coffee. (Outside Nice One’s fence you’ll also find garden beds that are available for the public to use as they please.)
The team uses a lot of the garden greens in the menu, such as the lettuce, micro herbs and seasonal veggies for the sandwiches and salads.
The food offering is small and simple, with a garden salad and five sandwich varieties, including vegetarian and vegan options. The cheese and onion sandwich has three different cheeses, pickled onion and Twisties crumbs.
Coffee comes from local Brunswick roaster Wood and Co, and customers who bring their own mug or KeepCup get a small discount. Reground collects and repurpose the cafe’s coffee grounds.