Three Monkeys Place
The trio behind Three Monkeys Place was sick of travelling to the inner city for a decent coffee and a feed. So when they spotted an empty florist for sale, Lyna Tran, her brother Sam Tran and husband Dennis Huynh jumped on it.
At Three Monkeys Place, the family combines its South East Asian heritage with Melbourne cafe staples to great success. Popular dishes include angel hair pasta with saffron bisque; fried roti pancakes with banana and cookie crumble; and a soft-shell crab burger with yuzu mayonnaise and Asian salad.
Bare brick walls and exposed lightbulbs impart an industrial feel, which is balanced out by the wide glass shopfront that keeps this little corner of Jackson Court filled with natural light.
With an outdoor seating area that well exceeds the size of indoors, remnants of what was once an abundantly green and leafy place remain. Scattered pot plants; jars of perfectly arranged flowers; and tables designed and made by Lyna and her father keep things fresh and sophisticated.
Kick back indoors with a Symmetry coffee, or head out to the sunroom and pair your Asian-inspired pasta with a bottle from Nicks Wine next door.