Melbourne’s best cafes to stop and smell the roses
22.03.2019

Melbourne’s best cafes to stop and smell the roses

Would you like freshly cut flowers with that?

Blooms with a side of bruschetta? That sounds like the way to jumpstart a perfect morning. Luckily, there’s an oeuvre of underrated and up-and-coming florist-caf​é ​hybrids peppered throughout our city. They serve as a one-stop shop for your lazy Sunday R&R rituals, coaxing you to slow down and recline with a remedial latte before pursuing aisles of long-stemmed roses.

Bending the conventions of the humble coffee shop, these romantic institutions should be bookmarked for impending celebrations like Mother’s Day, Easter and your best mate’s birthday brunch (in which case you’d otherwise sleep in and forget to buy them a bunch of their favourite peonies before noon). Here’s three idyllic cafes combining the potency of caffeine and the beauty of unfurling blooms to help you stop and smell the roses.

An intoxicating, heady fragrance of caffeine and freshly-cut bouquets will envelop your senses as you saunter off Richmond’s bustling Swan St and enter the conjoined Cheeky Monkey caf​é and Glasshaus florist. During the peak-hour morning commute, order your steaming brew and kill the wait-time by exploring the adjacent floral playground, with vivid arrangements plotted against a backdrop of exposed brick. Expect elite gift-wrapping standards, and bunches expertly tailored to your budget.

A freshly born caf​é​ and florist has opened in Carlton, bringing an Asian-fusion menu and copious blooms to the tree-lined Queensberry Street. Dubbed Flovie, this dual space is a unique amalgamation of fare, coffee and flowers. A leaf-shrouded, lilac, Victorian facade lends to the aesthetic hallmarks of Notting Hill, combining contemporary design with antique adornments. Set to be a neighbourhood favourite, the new venture balances its co-owners’ respective passions – one, a floral aficionado, and the other, a talented barista.

The next time you find yourself Mornington Peninsula bound, it’s worth pulling up a street-side chair at Flower Girls & Co. Immersed in an atmospheric trance of buzzing conversation and wafting croque monsieurs, you’ll imbibe coffee while watching unique floral arrangements come to life. There’s hand-crafted cakes, flaky pastries and a rotating magazine rack. You can even let the Flower Girls & Co crew conjure up a unique gift-package for your special someone, with white hat boxes and luxe ceramic vases housing expertly zhuzh’ed flowers. Owners Danni and Michael have over sixty years of experience behind them, lending their talents to a large scope of wedding and events styling in conjunction with this bricks and mortar icon.