It took Sonam Sherpa one week to put together his new cafe. There’s not much to it. White walls. One bench. Fern.

When Fitzroy pop-up cafe Place Holder closed in February, after a year of trading, co-owner Sherpa wanted to continue the steadfast format: takeaway coffee done well. There’s also pressed juices by new health-food wholesaler, Matchless Goods, and a small selection of Jo Barrett cakes and Loafer pastries.

Coffee is Candyman blend by Small Batch, and is run through a white La Marzocco Linear machine.

It’s a solid little local, and Sherpa’s the kind of guy to remember your name and coffee orders by heart. There aren’t too many distractions.

Shopfront Coffee
139 Victoria Parade, Collingwood

Mon to Fri 7am–4pm