The Deli on Central is property developer and former Australian track cycling champion Tim Willing's second cafe, following Guildford favourite Willing Coffee.
Willing grew up in Mount Lawley, and The Deli lives on the site of a former deli he would frequent as a child. So don’t expect a cookie-cutter version of its Guildford sibling. This cafe has a more in-and-out vibe compared to the original’s slower pace. Reclaimed timber and a Peters Ice Cream mural – restored by local artist Luke O'Donohoe – help keep the Australiana heritage alive. It looks like it’s always been there.
As at Willing Coffee, the team prides itself on a high level of customer service. The Deli also shares Guildford’s in-house coffee blend, and there are guest interstate and overseas roasters on batch and espresso. The food menu is simple: granola, banana bread and house-baked cakes and croissants. Toasties are on the agenda, although Lowes promises a small, tight menu to keep quality high. Popsicles from local producer Delish Ice are available too – a throwback to the after-school deli experience.