Keeden Harvey and Callum Matheson converted a wholesale shoe store into this furniture workshop and cafe in early 2016. The space is divided by a soundproof wall and there’s a window to peek at Matheson’s woodwork.
Kines is more of a lounge room than a cafe. Anyone can flick through the records and change the music. The open-plan kitchen sits between a comfy couch and table-tennis table. It’s also home to a pop-up space that hosts rotating creative projects.
The cafe specialises in housemade condiments and jam. Grandma’s pickled beetroot, kimchi and fermented chilli are spread liberally across the menu. You can also take a jar home.
The arepas (a Colombian/Venezuelan corn-meal pancake) are sourced from Sonido on Gertrude Street and are suitable for coeliacs. Chilli-chocolate brownies come from Box Brownies. The vegan muffins are housemade. Wood and Co Coffee is used for filter and Seven Seeds for espresso.
In warm weather everyone sits out the front, where a succulent wall thrives next to street art by Toggles. The venue works equally well at night. Once a month, chef Aimee Cahill prepares six courses for the One Time Dinners, with optional cocktail matching. There are only 24 seats, so keep an eye out for the next date.