If you live in Melbourne, you’ll know that a new café seems to open almost every week, especially in the Fitzroy/Collingwood area. While the prospect of seeking a new café out can be fun and exciting, sometimes you just want to return to a good old favourite. For the We Know Melbourne, team, one of these long term favourites is Cibi. Located off the main strip of Smith Street, this café is easy to miss, but as soon as you enter you feel like you’re reaquantained with your long, lost , best friend.
Cibi (Japanese for little one) is fitted out with modern interiors, plenty of design reading material and an ever so homely feeling. There’s even an gallery/shop where you can purchase Japanese ceramics, teatowels, and other homewares.
The café caters for those looking for a breakfast with a difference. You won’t find your regular eggs and avocado on toast here. Instead the menu serves a traditional breakfast. We opted for the Ultimate Weekend Special: Grilled sliced salmon fillet, free range egg omlette Tamagoyaki, seasonal green vegetables, potato salad, CIBI Tsukemomo (home made pickles), Natto (fermented Soy beans), Umeboshi (sour plum), Nori (dried seaweed), served with organic brown rice & hearftful miso soup. Now this may sound like a lot for breakfast, but believe us when we say that it’s just the right away to feel like you’ve had a good, nutritious, hearty breakfast. We couldn’t get enough of the miso soup!
Cibi, 45 Keele St, Collingwood
Mon- Fri 8-4pm; Sat – Sun 9-4pm.