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How Happy Is Melbourne’s Happiness Café?

By Clare Acheson - 05 Mar 2016

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When we first heard about the Serotonin Dealer—aka. Emily Arundel, and her vision to transform a Burnley corner into a hub of happiness-focused eating, education and exercise—we have to admit that we were a little bemused… Food that makes us happy AND does us good? Has someone invented wellness-boosting wine?!!

After a little more research, we discovered that this particular happiness dealer is far more focussed on a holistic approach to happiness, rather than the kind that comes in a bottle. At the heart of the Serotonin Dealer concept is Serotonin Eatery, a café-cum-learning space that serves up some of the most delicious health-focused food we’ve ever eaten (more on that later…) along with pop-up yoga classes, personal training, and advice on how to get the most out of your body’s natural happiness boosters, whether through diet, mental wellness, or getting active.

The space itself is a real joy: marble tables, sunken Japanese-inspired tables, a light-flooded courtyard and swings for customers to sit on while enjoying a mouth-watering meal all make it a truly unique addition to Melbourne’s food scene.

You won’t find standard raw and health-focussed fare here either. Emily’s kitchen team are dedicated to sourcing the best organic, seasonal ingredients and combining them in raw, gluten-free and dairy free dishes, delivering on flavour, colour and all-round wow factor. A golden turmeric latte that comes with a smiley face on top? We’re feeling cheery already!

Standouts include the incredible Positive Pancakes, which are made from banana flour instead of traditional alternatives, and come piled high with berries, yoghurt, banana ‘nice-cream’ (yes, an ice-cream that you can eat guilt free). Also standouts, the deconstructed vegetarian sushi bowl is bursting with flavour, and the Nutrition Bomb is a greens-heavy bowl that will pick you up in no time. Hate to finish lunch without sampling something sweet? The raw Cherry Ripe, made with a buckwheet and cacao base, hits the spot every time.

But the happiness doesn’t stop there. Emily and the Serotonin team are inviting local businesspeople into their beautiful space on Mondays and Tuesdays, when the café is closed, letting them use it as a co-working venue with a difference. Freelancers, entrepreneurs and other desk-free creatives are invited to book their table in the Burnley café for use as a workspace, including a pre-work meditation session, smoothies, networking sessions, lunch and tips on how to stay healthy and happy while still keeping motivated and achieving those professional goals.

Day access starts from around $42 per day, with long-term bookings available for those who are committed to rethinking their workspaces and styles. Brb, just relocating The Urban List’s HQ to its new home…

Serotonin Eatery’s co-working initiative runs every Monday and Tuesday in April, starting on Monday 6. For more information, book your space hereA little pressed for time this month? Melbourne's 8 Best Healthy Take-Away Restaurants have your back!

Image credit: Michelle Jarni for The Urban List 

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