Market Lane Coffee's latest cafe has opened in Collins Street with eucalyptus-green walls, copper-trimmed bar, moody lighting, dark timber booth seating and a cake coup – they're the first wholesale customer for North Melbourne bakery star Beatrix.
Market Lane co-owner Fleur Studd says she has been pursuing Beatrix's Natalie Paull for five years; Paull has come around just in time, supplying lamingtons, yo-yos, fruit crumbles and almond jaws – shortbread sandwiches filled with soft caramel. The cafe also has pastries from Noisette.
Coffee is the Market Lane seasonal blend for Schulz Organic milk-based espressos, a daily single origin for black espresso and three or four dedicated singles for filter brews, which, with the usual Market Lane attention to the tactile, are served in hand-made mugs by Japanese ceramicist Yumiko Iihoshi.
The new venue, in Portland House at the Parliament end of Collins Street, is Market Lane's most sit-downable: as well as the leather-cushioned booths, wire-frame Trent Jansen Tidal chairs and tables are set, Paris-style, on the Paris end footpath (with soft woollen throws to cushion bony Melbourne bottoms).
Open Mon-Fri 7am-3pm.
8 Collins Street, Melbourne, marketlane.com.au