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September 19, 2016 - No Comments!

Can You Find Krimper?

Krimper is one of those cafes in Melbourne that only locals will ask you to meet at. The thing is, this cafe is so hidden, it probably is mistaken as one of the warehouse doors on Guildford Lane in the past. However, Krimper has been around for three years now and the number of people calling the cafe to ask where it exactly is, has now reduced. These days the old-world-feel cafe is packed with office workers having meetings or locals getting their brunch fix.


When you walk in, there is definitely a strong old world character that sets the mood. Near the entrance, there is an old sofa, which would be the oldest furniture in the whole building that was acquired from the existing building. In the middle of the cafe, they put the building’s existing elevator cage which now is used as a more private seating area. To honour history of the building (which back then was a sawmill), the cafe is then named Krimper, after the owner’s name.

We spoken with Krimper’s head barista, Kohei, to find out more about this interesting cafe. When you come here to get your caffeine dose of the day, expect beans from Proud Mary and Maker. Proud Mary’s bean is used for their whites and Maker for their blacks, which keeps changing every week. If you’re not having coffee, you can always have Mork’s hot chocolate or Krimper’s matcha latte.


The menu changes every season, utilising the best ingredients available. One of our favourite menus at Krimper is their Bao-nedict, which essentially is braised pork with spinach and mushroom on one of those Chinese buns called mantou, topped with Hollandaise sauce. However, they have other dishes on the board that keeps changing that keeps you away from boredom in having standard brunch dishes.


This rustic cafe on Guildford Lane is definitely a unique place to try when you are in Melbourne. Ask one of our staff if you need direction to go there. Krimper is one of Melbourne’s best kept secret when it comes to cafe for sure.


20 Guildford Lane, Melbourne 3000
03 9043 8844
Opening hours:
Mon - Friday 7am - 5pm
Sat - Sun 8am - 4pm

August 19, 2016 - No Comments!

Fine Pancakes, Stokers Way

If you have been in Melbourne for a while, you have probably been to Stokers. They have been around since 1977 in their previous location in Ivanhoe. Famous as a destination for late night pancake dessert and coffee, Stokers is definitely a memorable place for night owls. The old building was homely and full of character making it popular with students and couples looking for a late night dessert destination. The centerpiece of the room was the red open fireplace making it an ideal place to enjoy pancakes and a hot drink.

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Now Stokers has come closer to our place in South Melbourne, which make it really accessible from Mono at Platinum apartments. Their South Melbourne location has been around since 2014 with an updated concept, but still keeping the old soul intact. We came over to chat with Robin and find out more about what Stokers has to offer.

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Robin always greets his customers warmly, like when we came over. He described himself simply as a guy who really loves pancake! He has been in hospitality industry for his whole life and Stokers is definitely his passion for life.

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When you come to Stokers, be sure to try their savoury and sweet pancake. We had a try of their chicken and corn pancake for the savoury one and their Monkey Business for the sweet one. Both is a winner, but for those who have a sweet tooth, you will definitely love Stokers’ Monkey Business. A thin pancake - Stokers style - filled with chunky mashed banana and nutella, you simply can’t go wrong with this one. Also try their famous pancake chips, a great balance of sweet and savoury snack made from their iconic pancake! Not forgetting to mention that Stokers also make great coffee and a winning chai latte.

If you are feeling a bit adventurous, be sure to check with them about their secret menu. One time it can be a banana fritter wrapped in pancake, next day it can be something else. They guys at Stokers definitely know how to keep things exciting!

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Between 3-6pm, they usually close to prepare for their evening service. Lights are dimmed, tune is on but you can still order your favourite pancake from the day. The ambiance is perfect for a small group, dinner for two or a late night chat with your friends over a pancake chips and comforting chai latte.

Since Robin has been in South Melbourne for some time know, he surely knows his way around. We asked him what is the next best thing in South Melbourne after Stokers and he said “Salon de Sushi!” where he would enjoy his sushi dinner or quick bites for lunch.

Stokers is definitely a memorable place where relationships grow over great plates of food. Their food is rather comforting and we especially recommend it if you are staying around the area.

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Stokers Fine Pancakes
231 Clarendon St
South Melbourne VIC 3205
9:30am–3pm, 6pm–12am (Except Monday)

July 25, 2016 - No Comments!

Visiting Melbourne’s Coffee Godfather

If you come to Melbourne and you have local friends, then most probably they will recommend you to go to Padre for coffee. We love to go to their South Melbourne Market shop, but did you know that they have just recently opened a new shop in the city? As we have a couple of places in the city, we love to recommend Padre to our guests as they sum up Melbourne’s coffee scene rather well. We came over and chatted with Sam O’Neil to know more about Padre and what makes their coffee so good.

In 2007, Padre was born at the Brunswick East Project where they roasted, brewed and served their coffee under one roof. Reminiscing what the coffee scene was like back then, Melburnians surely were not as enthusiast about coffee as they are today. However, with the support of local community, Brunswick East Project became the foundation for Padre to expand themselves into the four shops they run today.


Fast forward to nine years later, Padre has a sweet compact shop tucked in one of the most iconic arcades in Melbourne, the Royal Arcade. If you are looking for a laid back sip… don’t come at around 9-10am in the morning as the queue is building up with CBD white collar workers making excuses to get out from their office! The ambiance is warm and cool at the same time. You can see Sam is serving his customers at the most genuine manner with laid back attitude, chatting with the regulars and getting to know his new customers. Tell you what, Padre people are known to be some of the friendliest guys in Melbourne’s coffee scene. Once you talk to them, it feels like you have known them forever! It is just an attitude that we appreciate so much because we sometimes just need a friend to talk to, don’t we?

The shop serves delicious brews along with puns that go on all day long. The tunes playing in the background are the likings of Miles Davis, James Brown and EMEFE - just to name a few artists to lift up your mood. Pastries from Loafer Bread Bakery are served here to accompany that famous Daddy’s Girl blend from Padre.


If you are coming to Melbourne for a short visit, coming to Padre in Royal Arcade might be a good option. Here you can get bags of freshly roasted beans, a wonderful selection of brewing equipment and you can treat yourself for a single origin coffee too. At Padre, you can be sure that they will brew you the coffee that they know is best and they are devoted to the education and information that will help their customers to get the best out of every cup.

So go on, come and visit Sam at Padre in Royal Arcade and ask him all the questions you want to know about your cup or coffee. Tell Sam that you are staying at Mono Apartments and you will become best friends all of a sudden! You might come home with bags of beans, a bit of more knowledge and few friends made.


Padre Coffee
Shop 48 Royal Arcade
Elizabeth St Entrance
Mon - Fri 7am-4pm
Sat 9am - 2pm