Whether you run along the beach between Port Melbourne and St Kilda, jog around the lake or smash your PB at the local Albert Melbourne parkrun, every runner knows the importance of refueling with quality protein within 30 minutes of a workout. For some that may come in the form of a super food rich acai bowl, a luxurious hot chocolate, a big breakfast with bacon, some creamy porridge or ok let’s face it some muffins may even be consumed WITH a side of bacon. The presence of a good coffee or two is equally important, not nutritionally so but seemingly mentally essential and to that end all cafes mentioned in this list are tried and tested for their supreme caffeine qualities.
Whilst food and coffee are high on the list of runners demands, so too is outdoor seating and personable, friendly service. All of these gems have these attributes in spades. Many runners, after their weekly parkrun, head to popular cafes Carousel or Daily Grind for breakfast. These venues each have their own perks; Carousel is located next to the lake, just down from the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Albert Park Driving Range. It is a lovely open space with a stunning view of the lake and city skyline. The family run Daily Grind is on Clarendon St, a stone’s throw from the lake, and wins people over with their friendliness and consistently good food. Whilst these cafes are undoubtedly much loved, they can have their drawbacks. The Daily Grind is closed on Sundays and Carousel can sometimes be full. Fear not though dear runners, for a mere 5-minute shuffle away are these three fabulous alternatives.
If you're looking for classic dishes with a modern Asian twist in a super fresh fit out, No. 84 will be right up your alley. Dishes are on point and feature the so hot right now “matcha” infused French toast, duck and mushroom omelette and my favourite the cold smoked salmon hotcakes. Did I mention they have a homemade donut filled with custard that is to die for? Start running.
This cheery little traditional café with it’s pops of sunshine really knows how to warm you up, there is outdoor heating as well as blankets to swathe yourself in. When the sun is shining make a bee line to the back courtyard and luxuriate in those warming rays of Vitamin D, slip, slop, slapping of course. If you are feeling like a restorative liquid beverage they have fresh healthy smoothies and create your own juices. Yellow Door won me over with the presence of haloumi on their breaky menu, a definite winner.
Calling all vegans, vegetarians, paleo-ites, coeliacs and refined sugar avoiders, this is your nirvana. There’s kale, there’s juice shots, acai, matcha and tofu too. There’s even a breakfast salad and a big vego/vegan breakie with nary a rasher of bacon in site. Sing hallelujah! To top it all off U.P is located in a gorgeously renovated two story terrace house with a courtyard, terrace and balcony. So Albert Park, so now. Go!
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