Self Preservation

Self Preservation

Self Preservation, Melbourne

It’s not often I venture south of the border for reasons other than work so what brought us here to Melbourne was the need for a speedy local getaway and a catch-up with family. With two hours to kill before A and M’s arrival from Queensland, I thought I’d take Mr K out to Pelegrini’s and treat him to one of the gutsy coffees I last had in this town. As usual they were packed. A little too packed so we decided to try the place two doors down.

Self Preservation, Melbourne

Without the scattering of small round metal tables and old green and yellow folding chairs on the footpath, it probably would have gone unnoticed. On first glance I wasn’t quite sure what the set-up was. Gallery, cafe, jewellery shop, wine bar?

The narrow, dimly-lit space showcases an eclectic mix of handicrafts and unique pieces of contemporary jewellery and a bunch of artworks in the small gallery space out the back. A communal table sits down the centre of the room with a raised plinth strewn with glasses and jugs of water and a large chunk of the front wall is taken up by the menu scribed in chalk and shelves of local wines.

Breakfast options range from free-range eggs to barley bircher and there are some lovely filled rolls and pastries to have with the creamy coffee. I could already see us coming back here at night for a glass of wine with cheese and olives. Love the lights made from tea cups and saucers. What a great little venue.

Self Preservation, Melbourne

  • Self Preservation
  • 70 Bourke Street
  • Melbourne 3000
  • 03 9650 0523
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