It seems impossible that a place as calm as Junie Moon’s exists so close to the city, let alone on Spencer Street. That’s just what wife-and-husband duo Melanie Evans and Josh Long pull off with their first cafe. After taking over from the original owners, they set about creating a slice of Byron Bay on the fringe of the CBD.
That shows itself through the décor. Plants and art are everywhere. The front room is adorned with works from local artists that Junie Moon’s sells commission-free. The art escapes the interiors too, with one side of the building daubed with a mural the Longs commissioned. The spacious outdoor area bursts with plants of all kinds. It’s all contained by a fence upcycled from an old V/line meatwagon train.
The food is laidback and local too. All meat and produce comes straight from the Queen Victoria Market nearby. Market Juice provides the juices and smoothies. Coffee from San Pedro is roasted in neighbouring Kensington.
What they can’t get from the markets, they grow outside. Chamomile and calendula from their garden adds to the tea list; and Vietnamese mint and other herbs add flourishes to the menu’s simple staples.