Food – A Thousand Blessings

251 Highett Street
Richmond Vic 3121

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After not lunching in Richmond for ages, I found myself back there for the third consecutive week and thought it was the perfect opportunity to tick A Thousand Blessings off my list. This popular cafe has been on my ‘to do’ list for longer than I can remember and as soon as we were seated at one of their communal tables I immediately understood why it has experienced such ongoing success. Housed on a leafy back street, the cafe itself is bright and fresh with a somewhat minimalist and rustic fit out. There is no artwork in sight, with the decoration and texture in the space coming by way of large timber feature walls. Continue reading

Food – Friends of Mine

506 Swan Street
Richmond Vic 3121

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Each weekend, Richmond is abuzz with hungry Melbournians looking for somewhere to brunch with friends. As one of main café hubs in town, people descend on the area in their droves, so its not uncommon to have to wait and queue for a table at some of the more popular eateries. That is pretty much the point at which they lost me. I love brunching, but I absolutely despise having to wait around and queue for a table, especially when there are so many great cafes in town. I’d rather move on to another place where I can get the same quality food and a table right away. For this very reason I usually steer clear of Richmond as it has become somewhat renowned for the brunch wait and that’s time I just don’t have to waste.

So this past week when I was invited to brunch at Friends of Mine I was immediately apprehensive, but as it turns out my concerns were completely unfounded. Set in a charming old corner shop in a quieter part of Swan Street, Friends of Mine occupies quite a substantial space with loads of character and lots of seating both in and outdoors. Continue reading