Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Niagara Lane

Stopped by Le Belle Miette today.

The pastel colours are so beautiful and really lightened up my mood. Today I went with:

72% Cocoa Single Origin Chocolate (Venezuela)
‘Bastille’ – Moet et Chandon and Blackcurrant
Cherry Blossom & Sake
Mariage Freres Earl Grey Chocolate

Perhaps my palette was still contaminated from the buttery crossiant this morning but I couldn't taste much other than 'sweet' and the strange flavour of the chocolate macaron. Forgive me for the awkward description - as one does when they can't put their finger on something - but on engulfing the little treat there was the initial wave of chocolate, then a light slap across the cheek, an unpleasant intrusion. Will be back to confirm whether it was a one off.

As we were exiting Hardware lane, L wanted to duck through another alleyway we hadn't explored before and came across an interesting cafe in a basement with an open window to showcase the interior.

Rather intrigued, we stood outside discussing the place for a few minutes and eventually a man who I presume was the owner came out. L had a short chat with him about how the place looked to be some sort of secret organisation; he humourously informed us we would have been shot at~

After photographing the exterior, we ordered our respective coffees and made ourselves comfortable in the couches by the open window.

 Apologies for the dodgy picture, my height rendered me unable to capture all the furniture ^^; The patterned mats were a nice touch to the crates.
 Did I mention the place was owned by architects?

Gentle music floated about the room and made for a very relaxing atmosphere. Oh Melbourne, the wondrous places you have within your lanes.
The menu was rather cute as they were renamed after architects who worked there (or more specifically, the floor above). Setting wise, this place was fantastic.

Mind you, the coffee won't be the greatest one you'll have, but it's only $3. Comes with a side of free Wi-Fi.

31 Niagara Lane

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