In what’s become a hub of cafes and restaurants at the west end of Little Collins Street, between Williams and King, is Boombap – a tuck shop selling fresh food with laid-back vibes.
Situated inside Georges Food Court beneath Exchange Tower, Boombap sticks out with its retro style in a district dominated by high-rise offices. Vinyl sleeves from golden-age hip hop acts, hundreds of cassette tapes and a graffiti mural cover its walls. With hip-hop blaring through the hi-fi, this joint offers office workers a casual retreat in a smart, corporate block, while serving takeaway breakfasts and lunches.
Unlike many of the panini-dealing cafes in the area, all food here is prepared on site, within sight, in Boombap’s modest kitchen. Its all-day breakfasts include fancy egg and bacon rolls, smashed avo on toast, fruit smoothies, and cereal pots with yogurt and berries.
At lunchtime fried buttermilk-chicken baps, Philly cheesesteak brioche sandwiches, roast pork-belly baguettes take over the menu.
Most use Boombap as a takeaway counter but a wooden table and stools out-front provide room to sit and take in some timeless beats before heading back to the grind.