Oh coffee coffee coffee, how much I love thee. You see there isn't a spot left in Melbourne where a great cafe is located. Walk down any alley or Laneway and tucked into a little stairwell you will find a little coffee hut or barista sticking his head out asking for orders. South of Melbourne city lies Chapel Street, a funky little street that stretches form South Yarra to Windsor (and even beyond). Its the mecca for those looking for hot new boutiques, high street chains such as Industrie and Topshop/Topman and it houses some of the best cafes in the city. One such cafe is Dukes Coffee Roasters. As the name suggests, they roast their own beans which are complemented with an impressive breakfast, brunch and lunch menu.
From the outside it doesn’t seem to be much (the crowds at the weekends make it hard enough to see the exterior anyway so you need to know where you are going with this place - no winging it trying to find this place without Google Maps. The subtle signage and black exterior makes it extremely easily to mistake it for ‘just another cafe’ however that is not the case with this or their other branch in the city (more of which soon). Inside, the decor and space is really impressive and uses the minimal natural light to its advantage by keeping things simple and in all honestly this is one of the cosiest places I have eaten in a long time.
Dukes Coffee Roasters cafe in Windsor has a great, friendly vibe to it which is perfect either for a midweek breakfast or a long lazy weekend brunch. The food was great, service was lovely and my chicken sandwich was enough to get me to travel all the way from Port Melbourne. Make sure to get there as soon as you can.
Dukes Coffee Roasters