Years ago, when he was the last man standing at its auction, renowned Dutch filmmaker and photographer Paul Cox became the accidental owner of the building housing Vincent’s Place.
It quickly became a hub for emerging filmmakers and aspiring creatives. Remnants of this time remain, from Cox’s prized Mamiyaflex camera displayed on the mantelpiece above the fireplace, to his striking photography on the walls.
Stories from the past are echoed throughout, including Vincent’s Place’s namesake, taken from Cox’s documentary, The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh.
It’s cosy at Vincent’s. Chin-wagging among regulars is commonplace, and the relaxed staff makes for an unhurried visit. The dining space inside extends to a green-grassed garage with box seats and squat tables.
Popular menu items are the salmon, goat’s cheese and spinach toastie; or the pumpkin and haloumi salad during summer. Coffee comes courtesy of Yarra Coffee and is an organic custom blend made especially for Vincent’s.
The cafe’s sentimental appeal is fostered by Cox (who’s lived in Australia since 1965) and his staff, which is personally invested in every square inch of the curio-scattered space.