The muraled exterior of Grace Café is enough to encourage the average passer-by to check the place out. Head inside and the first thing you’ll notice is the vintage inspired, kitschy décor that feels like you stepped into grandma’s house – if your grandmother brews a mean cup of coffee and has a plethora of baked goods displayed. The coffee is impressive as is their selection of other beverages including hot chocolate, teas and cold drinks like cola, ginger beer and juices.
However, what is even more impressive are the baked items which are made from scratch in house as well as the food menu that covers basic café fare such as a variety of toasts and breakfast dishes. While there’s nothing wildly impressive on their food menu, the quality gets two thumbs up.
The overall atmosphere is also worth mentioning. There is always chill music playing in the background and the sound combined with the décor creates a place you want to stay at for a while. Bring your laptop, sit, enjoy some coffee, food or a sweet treat and let the time pass. Just get there early to claim a seat. The place can get pretty busy during peak hours. This is somewhere you can sit out front and watch the world go by without being trampled.
If you are visiting the Rose Street Artists’ Market on the weekend, give this place a try: it’s opposite the carpark. Open daily until 4pm.
Grace Cafe is located at 74 – 76 Rose Street, Fitzroy.