There’s a reason that I’ve been to Cafe Lafayette 6 times in two weeks. Actually there are many reasons why this stylish, beachfront café is now officially my favourite café in Port Melbourne. Let me count the ways.
1. Their food game is strong
This is the first café I have seen in Melbourne where not only is breakfast served all day but so is lunch. So if you feel like a perfectly pan fried fillet of ocean trout or perhaps a finger licking good pulled pork bao style bun for breakfast, guess what? You can! So of course, the Baron and I did. Both dishes arrived in a timely fashion, were beautifully presented and full of freshness and flavour.
Some wonderfully priced desserts are also available, hello $8, what a delight it is no see a dessert below $15. Choose from crème caramel, panna cotta or crème brulee or do what I did and go for the homemade, not too sweet chocolate brownie with a quenelle of cream. The Baron had the panna cotta and gave it his royal seal of approval.
After our weekly parkrun around Albert Park Lake I brought some of my girls to Lafayette for refueling. Despite their slight frames my fellow parkrunners are professional eaters like myself and it did not surprise me one bit when they chose the Lafayette breakfast with a side of bacon and chorizo. Their nom nom sounds as they ate was the best endorsement for how good the food is here. So were the completely empty plates.
2. Drinks are on point
Drinks are the first thing that got me through the door of Lafayette. A good friend said to me that the Mork hot chocolate was even better than at Mork HQ. Wow, what a claim, I had to try this for myself. I was extra impressed when my hot choc could be made with almond milk. It was just the right amount of chocolate and like the brownie, not too sweet. I appreciated the restraint on the sugar front and equally appreciated the quality crockery.
Lafayette are also known for their coffee art and similarly the quality of the coffee itself. The Baron has now added Lafayette to his roster of cappuccino providers, high praise indeed. I can also vouch for the tea and my running mates were huge fans of the freshly squeezed juices they knocked off before their breakie arrived.
3. Service and style are on fleek
The family owned nature of Lafayette shines through via the positive and smiling service, no request is unreasonable and every effort is made to accommodate. The staff are friendly and efficient, with food always arriving promptly and stylishly presented. Speaking of style, Monique worked with Techne architects and interiors designers to create what is a very modern, clean lined space that manages to be welcoming at the same time through the use of quality soft furnishings and greenery. It is a space you just want to be in.
4. Location, location, location
Lafayette is positioned overlooking Port Melbourne Beach just 1 block from Bay St. There are so many activities nearby you can do to work up a hunger or work off a feast. The popular Melbourne bikes are available across the road, there is a dog beach where your pooch can blow off some steam, you could take a leisurely stroll along the sand and down to Princes Pier or get a good 10km run in down to St Kilda pier and back. Paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking are also available. The 109 tram is walking distance away and there is beach front parking that is metered so you will need to bring some coins.
Lafayette is perfect for breakfast, lunch, brunch and coffee catch ups. I am looking forward to summer when I can sit outside in the sun and really take advantage of everything that Port Melbourne and Lafayette have to offer.
55 Beach St (cnr Nott St)
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