There are only a few things you want from a cafe on the weekend — good coffee that lobs swiftly before the no-caffeine headache hits, an abundance of newspapers and a menu of rusted-on faves plus adventurous options should the mood strike. Oh, and a small to non-existent queue would be ace, too, thanks.
Glass Merchants largely fits the bill. Once a former glass factory from which its name derives – it plays the industrial chic card for all it’s worth. The big, airy warehouse space is fitted out with wooden booth seating, vintage school desks and cage light fixtures. A long bar runs along one exposed brick wall, where neon signs promise ‘Cocktails and Dreams’.
It belongs in Balaclava — a bit grungy, a bit underground cool, a little left of centre and very eclectic.
Glass Merchants hopes to lure the crowds off Carlisle Street with an all-day breakfast menu that hops and skips between old-school favourites and health-conscious alternatives. Bircher muesli with a dollop of pale yellow passionfruit curd competes with runny-yolked, eggs Benedict topped with apple-cider hollandaise. Every Melburnians favourite, the mighty 'smashed avocado' arrives on dense quinoa and soy bread with an artful smattering of red chillies and cherry tomatoes – it’s pretty……...and tastes as good as it looks too !!!
For a cool cafe that serves up food that matches its atmosphere, make sure you pay the Merchants of Nelson Street a visit!
See below the contact form for the Glass Merchants menu
(please note: not all dishes may be available at all times)