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Louise Naimo is our Young Waiter Runner Up 2015 and looks after the beer list at Estelle! Louise shares her top places for great eat & drink experiences in Melbourne.


favourite coffee shops

Wide Open Road, Brunswick.

One of my favourite spaces in Melbourne. House roasted (espresso, filter, and drip) coffee, great tunes, unpretentious service.

East Brunswick Project, East Brunswick.

Faultless coffee served in hand-spun pottery. Quintessential Melbourne space. White tiles, pale timber, polished concrete. Coffee is roasted on site.

All Press Coffee, Collingwood.

Tucked away in the industrial back streets of Collingwood, All Press is a cafe and roastery in one. Tasty coffee, warm service, and a stand out mortadella, artichoke, and mint focaccia.


favourite cafe's/eateries

A1 Bakery, Brunswick.

An institution. Cheap and salty Lebanese baked goods, bitter coffee, and a broad selection of Middle Eastern groceries.

Nhu Lan, Richmond.

Melbourne’s best bahn mi at $4.50 a pop.

Short Round, Thornbury.

Delicious seasonal breakfast eats in a sunny (hanging plant) jungle of a dining room. Hard to get into, worth the wait.


favourite restaurants

The Town Mouse, Carlton.

Effortless, charming service. Customisable dining experience. You can spend a lot, or a little, and still feel VIP.

Rockwell and Sons, Collingwood.

Tidy beer list and well-seasoned grub. The place to go if you’re looking to pair a tart Belgian lambic with a crispy plate of (the juiciest!) buttermilk chicken.

Luxembourg, St Kilda.

Simple and delicious French bistro fare. An accessible menu and knowledgeable staff. BYO Tuesdays.


favourite bars

Hell of the North, Collingwood.

Perfect for post work vino and charcuterie. Open late.

Bar Ampere, Melbourne.

For when you want a bottle of champagne and a round of toasted sandwiches at 3am.

Thomas Olive, Collingwood.

Quirky little drinking hole with banging tunes and welcoming staff. Sit at the bar if you want to be schooled by the know-it-all bartenders.


favourite interstate restaurants

10 William Street, Paddington NSW

Dark and cosy restaurant that feels like a wine bar. Simple, rustic cuisine; warm and romantic ambience.

Orana, Adelaide SA

Every dish had at least three ingredients I’ve never heard of. Highly educational dining experience. Chatty and passionate staff.

Momofuku Seiōbo, Pyrmont NSW

Bright, fresh, flavoursome and fun, the dishes speak volumes for the restaurant. Fine dining without the austerity.



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