Making the shift from bar life to cafe calmness has been a long time coming for the boys from Nevermind Bar (Jed Burgess, Joe Downey, Cam Jackson and Rich Conacher). Still very much owners of the Hawthorn establishment, they have now opened quaint little spot The Foodrinkery in Burwood East, minutes walk from Wattle Park.

Making its mark in this unusual location, The Foodrinkery is breathing some minty green coolness into the air. Mothers (post school drop-off) and recovering runners alike sip organic coffee from Map and eat freshly made salads, toasties or the delicious ‘on the move’ coconut tapioca with kiwi and mango, served in a cup. Little ones aren’t forgotten either – fruit icy pops are sure to keep them happy.

Andre De Laine (previously of Coda and Libertine) has put together the menu and sweet treats are supplied by Little Bertha. The atmosphere is super friendly, relaxing and welcoming, while the décor is rustic with raw timber and different shades of green.

“We’re next to a small park so I wanted to continue that sort of leafy green vibe,” says Downey. “After rummaging through auction houses and antique stores collecting raw timber, old ladders, lights and chairs, we’ve created a space that is at the same time crisp and clean but also eclectic.”

Centrepieces include the old ladder, which hangs from the ceiling with exposed light globes intertwined, and the large communal table adorned with wooden buckets planted with mint. Coffee cups hang above the machine and the inviting outdoor tables fill up fast.

The Foodrinkery is one of an increasing number of suburban cafes taking an inner city approach to coffee and food. And with nothing over $10, The Foodrinkery is a pretty good option.

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The Foodrinkery
22 Banksia St, Burwood East
(03) 9808 2468

Mon to Sat 9am–5pm