Given the dizzying pace in which new cafes spring up around Melbourne, it can be exhausting just keeping up. So we understand that sometimes you just want to eat somewhere that’s unpretentious, delicious and reliably good. Enter Arcadia.
Having been around since well before many of its Gertrude Street competitors, Arcadia continues to remain exceedingly popular with the kind of Fitzroy locals who find a good thing and stick to it.
The space itself is simply designed, with high ceilings, timber furnishings, whitewashed walls and big windows that look out over the street. It’s a place that prides itself on offering generous, inventive fare with lashings of love – a quality that’s hard not to notice with several options invitingly displayed in the huge glass-fronted cabinet.
Breakfasts here are the big draw card – particularly on weekends – and any degree of hunger or seediness will soon be remedied with one (or more) of their justifiably famous Bloody Marys. Backed up with solid Clique coffee, some decent wines by the glass and a great range of house-made sweet options and it’s clear why so many love this dependable Gertrude Street classic.