It’s the little things that count: doggie biscuits and a water bowl for the pooch, milk-bottle lollies for the little ones, fresh flowers on every table and chirpy staff in denim aprons. Milkman makes you smile. Make the most of it while it’s around.

The cafe came to life after a local real-estate office needed to fill the space next door, on the condition it would be handed back for development after half a year or so. First-time owners Kim Stephen and Kirsty Lawler jumped at the opportunity. Together (he’s a graphic designer, she’s a property stylist), they built Milkman from scratch.

The blue-and-white colour scheme starts outside with Stephen’s 1950s, paperboy-inspired logo painted on the wall. It continues indoors with splashes of blue on pristine white walls – from the artwork and plates down to the eyes and socks of the owners.

You won’t find poached eggs here (there’s no kitchen), instead there are wholesome dishes assembled daily. “If it sells out, it sells out,” says Stephen, before Lawler adds, “Our food is appealing to people who want to eat healthily during the week and don’t have the time to make what they see posted all over Instagram.”

The menu is succinct and offers generous salads, hefty sandwiches on Ed’s Breads and three varieties of smashed avocado (try The Italian – pimped with prosciutto, peas, bocconcini and chilli). Stephen’s mum makes the jams, coffee is Niccolo and the addictive raw chocolate bars come courtesy of Fig & Salt.

After sipping a signature Proper Protein smoothie, it’s clear that regulars risk feeling lost when the cafe reaches the end of its lifespan. Fingers crossed the Cherry Ripe smoothie makes a comeback when the team moves to a more permanent location next year.

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Milkman Espresso
818 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
0405 686 671

Weekdays 7am–4pm
Sat 8am–4pm (soon to open Sun)