When it's a rainy horrible day in Melbourne there is nowhere else I'd rather be then in a cafe near a window reading comic books, drinking great coffee and watching the world go by. I love the bad weather because I look forward to heading down to Dukes Coffee on Chapel street to sip, relax and enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer.
From the moment you enter Dukes is warm and inviting. You are always greeted by someone lovely who will help you find a seat even when it's super busy. I always grab the bench near the window so I can watch people running around in the rain outside.
Dukes coffee is some of the best I've had in Melbourne. It's single origin, house blend is roasted right here at the back of the cafe. I always get a soy flat white, it's never been burnt or had the soy milk overpower the coffee.
The rad thing about Duke's is that they can cater to all tastes. Being vegan, eating breakfast out can be boring. Most places add too much to their food, leaving me with no options other then toast with avocado. At Duke's they are nothing but accommodating. I always order the home made baked beans on sourdough. It comes with butter and feta, but the staff make it hassle free when ordering without. And let me tell you, this dish is delicious. A deep tomato based sauce with a bit of a spicy kick is mixed with butter beans and topped with chives. Soo delicious.
Liam's breakfast was soo flippin wizard. He had sourdough with hummus and avocado topped with poached eggs, candied bacon, dukkah and watercress.
The candied bacon is apparently magical. They are generously thick slices of sweet candied bacon, not crispy but mouth wateringly tender. If your going to eat meat, this is the way to go.
Several cups of coffee and two full bellies later it was time to get back to reality. Dukes always seems to relax me, take me away from stress and plonks me smack bang in the middle of a fantastic mood for the rest of the day.
If you nerds need somewhere rad to read the latest Aquaman comic you can head there too:
169 Chapel St,
Windsor VIC 3181