Hidden among the graffiti-covered surrounds of Rose Street is Fitzroy’s latest cafe offering, Grace. With its front facade covered with artwork by renowned street artist Adnate, this friendly cafe offers plenty of kind food and even kinder surroundings for those who spend time within its walls.
Step into Grace and you may feel a sudden urge to pull out a big book, ask for a Moroccan mint tea and camp out for the afternoon. According to co-owner chef Julia Debski, this was one of the aims when creating the cafe with co-founders Luke Giuliani and Will Dayble.
“We want people to feel comfortable here, whether they’re stopping in for three minutes to pick up a coffee or staying for several hours over lunch,” says Debski.
The cafe is cosy yet understated – stripped back to bare basics with well-thought out touches. Tiny medicine jars holding delicate origami flowers, while an antique hardwood dresser acting as a waiter’s station and various tiny knickknacks (shipped over from Debski’s grandparents’ house in Poland) sit on recycled shelves.
This is the first venture for the team of three and they’re keeping things simple. “We’re so glad to have the doors open,” says Debski. “We’re trying to keep things unpretentious.”
Food at Grace may not be fancy, but it’s certainly hearty. Ingredients are local and organic and they are all about home-style cooking.
Allowing plenty of time for a sleep in, Grace dish out breakfast all day. Try the yoghurt jar with homemade coulis garnished with toasted muesli, goji berries and cacao nibs or the quark (a tastier version of cream cheese) filled crepes served with your choice of berry coulis or lemon curd. Toastie melts, bagels and sandwiches are all on offer and baked eggs are a popular dish to warm your bones over winter. Just in for coffee? Grace offers Syndicate Espresso.
Having only just opened its door to the public, Grace is a little slice of kindness in the midst of Rose Street’s concrete surrounds.
76 Rose Street, Fitzroy
Mon, Wed to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm