Coffee, Interior Design
Built into one of North Melbourne's old auction houses, Auction Rooms was the first to patent that bustling communal vibe, with its long share tables circling the copper-plated barista bench, little two-seaters next to the tiled open kitchen, and a conservatory-style outdoor area, overgrown with leafy tropical plants. The café doubles as a roaster, serving up Small Batch coffee, and featuring a rotating selection of daily blends, courtesy of ex-owner and Small Batch maestro, Andrew Kelly. The menu is a compact one-page wonder. New dishes come and go, but the belly-warming classics endure.