Spritely in the morning and moody in the dappled afternoon light, new Balaclava cafe Hannah serves its coffee (Proud Mary), breakfast and lunch classics against the sweet sounds of vinyl.
Having lived around the area for 20 years, owner Jason Bates (Mart 130, Grocery Bar, Hell’s Kitchen) wanted to create a space that felt more like a second home than a cafe, complete with a few personal touches.
The industrial interior of the former shop has been transformed with a generous lick of dark slate paint, sleek timber furnishings and the warm glow of white paper lanterns. A record player and a vintage Rotel amplifier take pride of place behind the counter, along with Bates’ grandfather’s collection of National Geographic magazines from the 60s.
Chef Mirko Richter (Fitzrovia, Royal Saxon), crafts a polished selection of breakfast and lunch classics with a few welcome twists. Think pink, peppered berries with your coconut pancakes, bursts of pomegranate in a bean-rich cassoulet, smoked trout instead of salmon, and octopus and purple congo potatoes in your salad.
Drawing the locals with great coffee, food and a classy selection of vinyl, Hannah is the perfect morning and afternoon hangout.
141 Chapel Street, St Kilda
(03) 9534 4442