St Charly

Unlike most of its neighbours on Lygon Street, St Charly doesn't serve Italian food. The menu is largely Mediterranean-inspired, but showcases flavours from around the world. A dish of cavolo nero, black beans, broccolini, fennel and charred corn could have a Middle Eastern twist with lemon-tahini dressing, while a French-style braised-leek omelette might be spiked with cumin-seed butter and served with labneh.

There’s a focus on using local suppliers, with bread from Rustica Bakery, smallgoods from Istra, and meat from Donati’s Fine Meats, located down the road on Lygon Street.

Milk coffee is made with Industry Beans's Rose Street blends, while batch brews make use of rotating single origins. The aroma of coffee and the scent of freshly made pastries and sweets (such as lemon-curd tart with strawberry and jasmine jelly, a staff favourite) make the cafe a pretty inviting space to spend time.

The family-friendly, 90-seat space is clean but playful. Melbourne studio Two Design outfitted it with pink tables, turquoise tiling and custom-built booths, some of which are framed by house-like structures. Ample greenery is suspended overhead.

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Updated: June 27th, 2018

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