There are several cafes across Melbourne that play with the idea of a kind of the ‘grandma chic’ aesthetic (think of all the souvenir teaspoons you’ve used to stir your lattes with in the past few years). Many of these cafes end up coming across a little too twee or ironic and it’s often hard to imagine any grandmother being comfortable in such a space.
Well, Elceed was clearly designed by the warmest and most stylish grandmother around, from the teacups hanging in the front window to the bold use of oranges and purples throughout the otherwise white indoor space. Opening quietly earlier in the year, this Queensberry Street spot is cosy, bright and entirely welcoming, as its eclectic clientele can attest.
The menu is brimming with brunch fare sure to excite. Try the chickpea and haloumi fritters topped with crème fraiche and swimming in a tangy rocket and beetroot salad. Or perhaps the mushroom and Meredith goat’s feta bruschetta will tickle your fancy, with its crispy crown of candied prosciutto. If luck is running your way, you may encounter a daily special like the French toast with poached peaches and cranberry syrup.
For tea lovers there’s an extensive selection of brews provided by Zee Tea, and the Coffee Supreme coffee starting at $3 is an absolute steal in these inflationary times. There are plenty of baked sweets on offer too, including gluten-free options.
Elceed is like stepping into your grandma’s kitchen and being spoiled with all her best treats. Heck, bring grandma along when you visit. She’ll love the original 1970s courtyard while nibbling on a peach, coconut and banana muffin.
610 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
03 9326 8648