Category Archives: Balaclava

Batch Espresso

Another cafe serving Coffee Supreme. They also are the first to offer fresh-baked date scones. Is it because of the Kiwi owner? Nice scones and good quality espresso. Warm and cosey atmosphere right in the hub of Carlisle St, Balaclava. There are some nice Kiwi touches and an interesting piece of artwork on the wall made from old road signs.
Batch Espresso
320 Carlisle St, Melbourne, VIC 3183, AUS
Opening Hours
Monday-Thursday 7am-5pm, Friday 7am-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 7am-5pm

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Wall Two 80

This cafe gained notoriety for the graffiti on the Nelson St wall.  There is just a geometric designed street art there now.  The cafe entrance is on Carlisle St, but there is a ‘hole in the wall’ servery on the Nelson St side with bench seating alongside ‘The Wall’.  Staff are very efficient and friendly.  Coffee is Genovese, which is a strong Italian coffee and can very easily taste burnt if not brewed gently.  The home-made muesli bars are particularly yummy as a gap-filler.  Balaclava is a suburb with an eclectic mix of cultures with Carlisle Street being the hub.  Close to the train station and Chapel St.

Wall Two 80
280 Carlisle Street Balaclava, VIC, 3183, AUS (corner of Nelson St)
Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 7:00 – 18:00, Sun 8:30 – 18:00

Spotted at Monk Bodi Dharma


Tucked behind the main Carlisle St shops down an alleyway, hard to find but well worth it. The cafe is small and cosey with dark, warm timber furnishings. It is vegetarian, but not vegan, and has a hippy, flower power feel to it. Espressos are quite a distinctive experience, Columbian bean, intense body with high acidity. They do set menus
Mond Bodi Dharma
202 Carlisle St, Balaclava, VIC 3183, AUS
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 7am – 5pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 8am – 5pm
Friday night dinner 6.30pm to quiet