If you live in Yarraville then you have no doubt discovered Corner Shop and it is probably your local breakfast haunt. If you don’t live in Yarraville however have visited Yarraville village and have brunched or lunched at the Corner Shop, then perhaps like me, you too are just a little jealous of your Yarraville local friends.
Corner Shop is a superb local cafe, right in the midst of the adorable Yarraville village. Every time we head to “the village”, I can’t help but feel that I am somewhere completely different and not in Melbourne at all. It has narrow streets, lots of cute and quirky shops, a beautiful old art deco cinema and some wonderful restaurants and cafes (with more and more popping up, just like Corner Shop’s sister cafe around the corner Wee Jeanie). The novelty of visiting Yarraville and hanging out in the village has not worn off for me yet, and I really look forward to visiting the area.
Corner Shop is a small-ish local cafe, situated on you guessed it, a corner and is from the same team who originally created Le Chien in Seddon. Their every growing family of cool west-side cafe culture now also includes Wee Jeanie in Yarraville and Bruin in Williamstown.
There are tables on the street and a cute courtyard out the back which is a popular spot with local pram-pushing Mummies. The interior has a cool laidback vibe, in muted tones and with a hint of retro vintage industria. Pots of Chai are served up in copper teapots and water is served in recycled amber coloured glass bottles. The look, the vibe and the fit-out feels very Brunswick to me. I like it a lot. It’s groovy, it’s hip and it’s cool, but it still has a laidback, local, community feel that fits in with the overall village vibe.
They offer highchairs (the space saving and convenient strap-on-to-the-chair variety), however there is no change table, entertainment or kids menus. But kids ARE made welcome with smaller “kid” size portions, the trusty babycino, gingerbread daisies and other sweet treats, and of course friendly staff. If you have busy toddlers in tow who need a little room to move then inside could be a little tricky, and the sunny, sheltered courtyard out the back might be your best bet. However if you have a little bubba who is content in your arms, capsule, pram or a sling, or well behaved charges, then the big communal table at the front is a cool spot to eat, drink and people watch.
The Coffee Supreme coffee here is very good and I have heard from some of the locals and regulars, that it could very well be the best in the West (although I think The Pint of Milk in Newport might be giving them a run for their money!). The food is tasty and fresh with a hint of a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean vibe. Brekkie (served until 1pm) includes Bubble and Squeak and Baked eggs. Lunch includes pides, the most amazing zucchini fritters and delicious salads with all kinds of yummy ingredients including rocket, haloumi, roasted carrot and pomegrante (all served in gorgeous organic looking hand made ceramic bowls)
Just so you know, it can get super busy on weekends, as locals and the day-tripping tourist folk from “over the bridge” fight it out for a table. If you do have to wait for a table, then our tip is to spend some time with Olivia, the Gruffalo, Max and the Wild Things, browsing in the cute and cosy The Younger Sun Bookshop next door, or take a peek at cool kid’s boutique Chalk just around the corner on Anderson St.