Once in a while, you find somewhere hidden in the laneways in Melbourne that you want to tell the world about. Every now and then, a gem of a café or restaurant, bookstore or undiscovered designer reveals itself and you wonder how you ever survived without it before.
Today I visited Liaison, a café on Ridgway Place up the top end of Melbourne, where I was presented with fabulous coffee, divine breakfast offerings and superb surroundings off the beaten track of Melbourne’s main grid.
In true Melbourne tradition, the best finds in our laneways are the ones most easily missed. Ridgway Place would pass you by if you didn’t know where to look. Just off Little Collins St, between Exhibition and Spring, the cobblestones of this alleyway lead to Monaco House where Liaison has set up shop.
A small outfit with limited indoor seating, Liaison feels like an exclusive space that you are privy to even know about. One of Melbourne’s great finds, the coffee here is fantastic (as verified by Kayne West, www.threethousand.com.au/eat-drink/liaison) and the breakfast dishes a great start to the day.
My thrill at being offered gluten free muesli with fruit and yoghurt was not lost on my companions, who also enjoyed croissant with tomato and cheese. Other pastries and various toasts were on offer; a limited menu but sufficient and fitting for the space and style of Liaison.
Quirky graphics of people in various states of running, walking and biking move across the shopfront and this motif is continued on the business card – symbolic of the people who are no doubt flocking to this treasure. Get in before it the secret gets out.
22 Ridgway Place