Thelma & Louise
It’s not the newest or the shiniest cafe in town, but it certainly has one of the best views going. But as you settle in with an organic coffee and crepes bursting with creamy ricotta and berries, it becomes obvious that, from the comfortable cobalt blue space to the cheerful staff, it’s not just the view that’s a winner here. Thelma & Louise (run by Marilyn Nohra and Anne Marie Power) has been servicing the cul-de-sac end of Hayes Street for quite a few years, but age has not wearied them. Neatly stationed at the entrance to the ferry wharf and beckoning warmly to commuters stepping off buses, Thelma & Louise makes a perfect stopping point each and every day of the week.
There’s a focus on organic produce and home cooking here, with menu notes nodding to producers and suppliers. It all translates into unpretentious and hearty serves of fluffy scrambled eggs, easy accommodation of special requests and house-spiced chai to warm the cool breeze blowing off the harbour.
The best seat in the house is one of the limited balcony tables under a bright yellow awning, staring down the city across the harbour. But the interior holds its own with displays of tiny Manna from Heaven cakes and retro kitsch touches here and there. It’s certainly the perfect spot to catch up with your best friend before you hit the road in a ’66 Thunderbird Convertible.