The Pigeonhole Cafe
It’s the little touches that make this miniature cafe a special find. Inside, distressed wood and white tiles create the perfect mix of up-cycled and new interior finishings. Owner Giancarlo Pedavoli has been collecting cutlery with an eye for vintage detail. Teapots are Le Creuset, and a careful selection of bric-a-brac is a nod to the industrial history of the area.
The cafe hits the spot with a tight menu. Pedavoli makes coffee with the shiny Synesso by the front window and the blend (Rose Street) comes from Industry Beans in Melbourne. A huge chalkboard in the high-ceilinged space lists Sonoma toast and treats from Luxe bakery, as well as honey-soaked chai and green tea lattes.
Daily salads might include beetroot, quinoa and chicken. Or for meatier feeds there are menu fixtures Wagyu burgers with brioche buns and house-made ketchup, or the Reuben with sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Boxes of Nonno’s oranges come direct from grandpa’s farm and are used for the cold-pressed juices on offer. You can also pick up your Industry Beans for home. The cute name comes courtesy of Pedavoli’s dad who’s been a pigeon fancier for as long as Pedavoli can remember – there’s even a pigeon trophy on the counter to prove it.