This playful Hawthorn cafe is reminiscent of the Wes Anderson's film Fantastic Mr Fox, there's a nostalgic vibe with a cosy atmosphere; silver birch branches jut out of the wooden communal table and a cluster of frames showcasing be-suited and bespectacled animals adorns the wall to the right, three-tone brown tiles act as a backdrop to the bar and quirky signage is featured throughout.
The name comes from famed French poet Charles Baudelaire's concept of urbane, literary individuals in the cities with little to do but stroll around and enjoy a life of leisure.
But the real draw card at Le Flâneur – co-owned by husband and wife team Tony Lin and Katrina Hsiao – is the coffee. Barista Lin has long had a penchant for good coffee and was trained in the art of coffee making by Kirby Berlin, the 2011 Australian Latte Art Champion.
Featuring four single origin varieties and a house-blend designed and roasted especially by Proud Mary, coffee at Le Flâneur is made with panache, with siphons, halogen beam heaters or served ice cold via a Japanese cold-dripper, arriving with a side of milk, sugar syrup and a beaming smile.
And with an ex-Huxtable and Vue De Monde chef helming the kitchen, you can be sure the food lives up to the same standard. The breakfast and lunch menus rotate seasonally to take full advantage of fresh ingredients with a distinctly French skew.
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