Since opening Mo Espresso in the restored 19th-century Trinity Arcade, Zac Barrett and his dad Neil have always aimed for a coffee-haunt where their mates would like to hangout.
That’s being modest considering they search high and low for the best local roasters around the nation, including Loaded and Five Senses locally; Mecca from Sydney; and Seven Seeds, Dukes and Market Lane from Melbourne.
Humble aspirations aside, it’s safe to say more than just their friends pop by for a drink and a chat. It’s as though city workers and shoppers have their own hideout, given Mo Espresso is nicely concealed and only open on weekdays. This cult success bred cafe number two, Max + Sons, named after Zac’s pop, Max.
Even if coffee isn’t your priority, the doughnuts should be. Supplied by Levi's Doughnuts, they bring many a bum to the seats emblazoned with the faces of Tom Selleck, Charlie Chaplin and Einstein (you’re getting the theme, right?).
Sandwiches such as the Mighty Mo (slow-cooked corned beef, pickle relish and Swiss cheese) justify leaving the office, even if you brought lunch. There are also bagels from the Holy Bagel Company and raw treats from Raw By Chris. Cash only.