Open and breezy with plenty of natural light, Florence Café sits on the corner of Martha and Warilda and is most easily identified by the swarm of people sipping coffee on the streetfront. Inside, Florence is all soft lines, arches and pine, with a clean palette of pale pink, off white and gold. It’s homey and minimal and a font of interior porn.
Owners Elizabeth Florence and Sam Pethely met while working together at Pethely’s other venture, CBD café Felix for Goodness. It follows then that Florence Café would share Felix’s ethos and pledge and early commitment to providing nourishing, wholesome food in abundance with some specialty coffee thrown in.
Their focus on seasonal, sustainable, and locally sourced produce is keenly felt in their menu, which reflects a modern approach to food traditions with plenty of pickles and ferments incorporated into their dishes. Seasonal availability means that the trimmings are constantly shifting, but you can always be guaranteed an omelette, a savoury buckwheat galette, and a soup of the day. If you’re heading in for breakfast, definitely consider getting the cauliflower fritters with millet dosa and Florence’s own pineapple and tamarind chutney and green goddess sauce.
Here’s the kicker: as far as possible, everything from the sauerkraut in the nourish bowl to the jam spread on toast is made on site. A glorious by-product of all this pickling and preserving is an excess of comestibles, all of which are available for purchase from Florence’s pantry nook as well as a few other pantry staples outsourced from local artisans, most notably the organic sourdough from Danny’s Bread, and the coffee beans from Parallel Roasters (also their house blend).
You can pop down to Florence and get a piece of their all-day breakfast and lunch, or, if you’re in a mad hurry, you can always grab a croissant and a cuppa from the coffee hatch and get a kickstart on your morning. Whatever your fancy, Florence can vibe with you.
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