Lili J feels like visiting a friend’s place. French doors front the converted house, making for a pretty entrance. A big communal table sits in the middle of the space, with a few smaller tables surrounding it. A sunroom is out the back. Much of the furniture is vintage, imparting a quaint, charming feel, despite white subway tiles and modern coffee-brewing gear.
Coffee comes mostly from Reuben Hills but you’ll also see appearances from other roasters, including Market Lane](https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/cafes/market-lane-carlton), Small Batch and Code Black.
There’s no kitchen, but a number of toasties and baked treats are prepared and brought down from sister cafe, Meni. Pulled pork and haloumi or roast pumpkin and pesto variations can be had fresh or toasted.