There is high competition for good coffee on Melbourne’s Chapel Street so for a café to stand out in this trendy district, it needs to offer something more than just a decent cup of Joe. Dukes Coffee fits that bill perfectly.
Dukes oozes cool and hip Melbourne charm. From the quality of the coffee, the range of food on the menu and the friendly service, Dukes has all bases covered. The interior is industrial chic, with a long communal table nestled at the rear of the venue, in front of a slightly open kitchen, where cooks can be seen assembling tasty delights. Smaller tables dotted throughout seat urban hipsters, as does the spattering of tables outside on the street, where diners can people watch on the popular fashion strip.
Attention to detail is what comes to mind here. The coffee is dark and rich, however an espresso did leave a bitter twinge on the palate. The breakfast menu is diverse, offering popular egg dishes as well as more creative flavours. The giant stack of buttermilk pancakes is a popular item and the hummus avocado bread with poached eggs and candied honey bacon bits adds a twist to an otherwise classic dish.
Fresh cakes and other sweet delights are delivered daily and placed delicately and with great care in a display fridge at the counter. Huge cupcakes dominate but other favourites are gluten free friands and many varieties of chocolate indulgences. Pastries are fresh and perfectly buttery, as they should be.
Come for the coffee and stay for breakfast. A great Melbourne scene to sit and experience some of the finest coffee in town.
Recommended: Hummus avocado bread with poached eggs and candied honey bacon bits
Cuisine: Contemporary Australia
Best for: Breakfast/brunch
169 Chapel Street, Windsor, Victoria 3181
(03) 9521 4884