Coffee has become a way of life for us here in Melbourne. I could not get through even a couple of hours of work in the morning without one. Luckily there are just about an infinite number of independent coffee shops within a 5 minute walk from the office. The problem with having so many choices is that it can make you indecisive, but one that we found recently called LB2 had me quit all other coffee shops in the vicinity. Located in the CBD, close to Southern Cross station, this is yet another coffee shop located in a laneway (aka alley).
The coffee is fantastic here. Even though Melbourne has an abundance of coffee shops, I really can taste a significant difference between one served here and one served across the street. Not only is the coffee good (they have a lot of variety and consistently bring in new roasts to try), they have great people here too. While this place is located in the heart of corporate Melbourne (a lot of lawyers, accountants and consultants come here), Veng and Emily have become familiar faces to me now but they know their coffee inside and out and they help to create a laid back atmosphere to the whole joint.
Anyway, talk is talk but they serve some fantastic coffee here. It is places like this that make me sad when I think about the options back in Vancouver.
L B 2
Down a back laneway
2 Gallagher Place
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Melbourne's greatest appeal to me has to be their appreciation for all different kinds of food. This is a city that loves to eat. This is no different on a weekend before lunch either - brunch is a favorite amongst many Melbournian's and the city has a great number of restaurants that serve up some great food that makes you feel ok with waking up a little earlier on a weekend.
Manchester Press is in the Melbourne CBD, hidden in a laneway (never gets old). But despite being tucked away, this is a place that attracts a queue pretty well every time that I have been there. They make a great breakfast/lunch bagel in a way that I have never seen done before. Normally I go and get the pulled pork with Asian spices while Janice would get the smoked salmon. Simple but extremely tasty and well done. Very filling too. Couple that with a fresh orange juice or a nice cup of coffee and you're bound to start the weekend off right.
We have been here several times now and we have taken friends that have come into town to visit too.