Barry café is located in what used to be a Victorian corner shop. Photo Ben Hosking

Melbourne Cafés: The Highlights

Barry Café
Housed within the shell of an original Victorian corner shop, Barry is a light-filled café that features a series of utilitarian interventions. ‘The design aims to promote openness and reflect the café’s honest and community-minded setting,’ explains Nick Travers of Techné Architects. Exposed rough brickwork walls provide a canvas for an expansive set of pine shelving which wraps around the interior perimeter, held in place via ‘gravity’ and an interlocking jig-saw pattern.
85 High Street, Northcote, Victoria, Australia 3070
techne.com.au

Flipboard
Occupying only 20m2 of space, the interior of Flipboard café demonstrates impressive spatial manipulation. Martin Heide and Megg Evans of Brolly Studio have converted their – formerly boarded up – office space into a street-facing cafe. ‘I’m obsessed with leftover and hidden city spaces and the relationship between place making and urban activation,’ explains Heide. Detailed elements include the pair’s signature Press Stools, which feature recycled newspapers and magazines sandwiched between pieces of reclaimed plywood.  
41 La Trobe St, Melbourne CBD
brollystudios.com

Foxes Den
‘A contemporary version of your local chicken shop’, Foxes Den, located in the suburb of Elwood, serves honest, ethical and healthy fare.  Designers Hecker Guthrie drew on the idea of the barnyard chicken coop as inspiration for the concept, resulting in an appropriately pared back interior. The integration of cleverly conceived and executed open pine structures form the central dining nook and serving counter. Planted timber troughs and flashes of dip dyed orange accents highlight the constructions.
107 Ormond Rd, Elwood, Victoria 3184 Australia
heckerguthrie.com

Long Shot
An intimate 48m2 café, Long Shot occupies what was once a redundant lift well and lobby. Designers Emily Pedersen (Walker Corporation), Anna Drummond and Trish Turner (Colab), have created an intimate corner store as a counterpoint to the café’s largely corporate context. The palette is light, clean and simple, designed to celebrate the food on offer. Narrow shelves bearing personal keepsakes and trinkets, over scaled banquet seating, origami pendant lights and timber shutters support the designers’ desired ambience.  
727 Collins St, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
walkercorp.com.au
colabdesignstudio.com.au