We first discovered Long St Coffee through their Instagram feed, a beautifully curated feed of breakfast dishes mixed with smiley happy faces. Upon clicking on to the website we discovered that the cafe not only dished up delicious food and coffee but also did so to make a difference.
“Long St Coffee is a social enterprise that provides 3-month hospitality traineeships to young people seeking asylum and refugees in order to improve their employment prospects.” The cafe first opened over a year ago now and was founded by husband and wife baristas Francois and Jane Marx.
Housed in a converted garage space on a quiet residential street, Long Street Coffee is just a short walk from the North Richmond Station. The Saturday morning that we were there, we had no problems finding a seat, but got busier as the morning progressed. The space feels like you have walked into a good friend’s living room (with a great hip-hop soundtrack) where you are happy to catch up over coffee and breakfast without the need to rush out the door.
Long St Coffee serve Proud Mary Coffee and delicious matcha shakes if coffee is not your thing. There’s also an all-day breakfast menu for those that like their sleep-ins and a lunch menu serving sandwiches and salads. We opted for the zucchini, mint and halloumi fritters with smoked salmon, poached eggs and lemon aioli and the presentation and the flavours were spot on.
Once you’re down with the meal, have a chat with the staff and hear their stories or shoot a hoop outside through the basketball ring on the outside wall. It truly is a breakfast with a difference.
Where: Long Street Coffee, 45 Little Hoddle St, Richmond
Visit the website here.