Vegan madness at Monk

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Sipping on some vino lounged on our balcony this sunny sunday afternoon, is the perfect time to write about one of our absolute favourites.. that being Monk. Crammed up behind safeway in the beautiful area Balaclava hides this little vegan delight which we have got to know quite well.

We fell in love with this gem around a year and a half ago, while obsessing over their vegan granola served with almond milk and fresh berries. Monk definitely had struck us with their well known vegan spell, and we have been encapsulated by their meat free beauty ever since….

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 Squashed up on their tiny tables and their communal bench, you can’t help but feel a sense of community amongst your neighbours as you all devour Monks delicious vegan meals. To name a few of our stand out menu items… they would most definitely be the smashed avo and their mushroom dish. They are also known for their pancakes (which we are yet to try), and their heart warming chai lattes. But, our all time favourite feed would most definitely have to be their carrot cake. It is just so ridiculously good that we can not even begin to describe it. I MEAN.. HOW DO THEY GET IT SO SPONGY, CREAMY AND SWEET?! You simply have to go and try it to understand our feelings towards it.

You can certainly say that Monk attracts a crowd different from the norm. Vegan hippies, ‘clean eaters’ , yogis and the locals of Carlisle street like to sit and sip coffee at this room sized cafe.. oh and us the crazy avocado sisters of course.. You may see us there on sunday afternoons. We guess the crowd Monk attracts is what we really like about it. Makes it unique to the rest of the Melbournean cafes.

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Finally, this cafe would not be a stand out if it weren’t for their outgoing, chatty and uttermost friendly vegan loving staff. They can make your day. Like they have made ours on several occasions.

So please just for us, go and try Monk. You will love it.

202 Carlisle street, Balaclava 3183

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Marvellous Muffins at ‘Melbourne Street Organics’

 

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It was back last spring when we first discovered Melbourne Street Organics. This little hideaway use to be a gorgeous health food store but now, has transformed itself into an up and coming cafe, serving breakfast, lunch, vegan treats and coffee. Well done guys!

For us, this is the perfect place to snuggle down for tea and cake, watching the busy life of high street and gaining ideas for recipes using the stores fresh produce. 

This visit, we opted for the blueberry and chia vegan muffin with a peppermint tea. To be honest with you, we are actually writing this post sitting, crammed at a tiny wooden table, right next to the Kombucha and probiotic shots (definitely recommend the strawberry shot!). 

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Everything about this little nook screams cute, even their patterned plates and tea cups. Which, might we add, are colour coordinated. Today, it was a navy blue and white theme. Bless.

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In addition to all the delicious treats, they stock literally all possible ‘milks’. You can have whatever milk tickles you fancy

——– Almond, cashew, rice, oat, full fat, skim! ——–

When it all comes down to it, the utter most attractive feature of this cafe is its peacefulness. Sitting down alone comfortably reading a book is actually hard to achieve in many loud, busy and chaotic Melbourne cafes nowadays, yet Melbourne Street Organics definitely have this covered.

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So, grab a book and take a seat in this organic sanctuary with a vegan cake and your choice of milk coffee.

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1430 High Street, Malvern

M + S xx