Top Paddock

Conveniently located outside the building I’m interning at, Top Paddock is my go-to coffee place in Richmond, and so much more.

Firstly (and clearly the most important factor), the coffee is fab. It’s a little pricey, but quite normal for the area, and definitely worth it!

When you first walk in, the cafe has a ‘to-go’ counter from which you can satiate your caffeine cravings. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, grab one of the little treats (vegan options, obvi) to take with you!

The rest of the large space is for dining in, with extra tables outside for sunny days (or those brave enough to face the winter chill). Your mouth will quite literally water when reading the ‘eat in’ menu, but if you don’t want to face the ever-present crowd of Melbournites that flock to the cafe, the take away options are equally amazing!

— Daisy xx

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Wild Yam Cafe

With an overwhelming selection of mouth-watering eats to choose from, there’s no way you can leave Wild Yam with anything but a full belly and beaming smile.

What can I say? The service is top notch and the food, oh the food… your taste buds will go to foodie heaven! You’re sure to get a ridic amount of satisfaction for a great price – from salads to warming curries, you’ll be filled with goodness! Now you know I love my veggie burgers and fries as much as the next girl, but when it comes to the nitty gritty, there’s really no substitute for healthy, wholesome food.

If you’re still wondering what sets Wild Yam apart – two words: coconut ice-cream. Y E S. Buy it, love it, thank me later! And of course, they’ve got a bunch of other goodies for sale too… so don’t walk, run, to Wild Yam Cafe in Mordialloc (you won’t regret it).

— Daisy xx

Soul Press

This cute hole-in-the-wall space is one of my new found loves.

The Edithvale health hot spot is the perfect place for your post-yoga brunch with the girls. Not only has it got the most amaze juices, smoothies and acai bowls, it also doubles as a health food store – win! You can nourish on the spot, then stock up on some goodies for later.

You’ll find the fridge packed with raw treats and salads, while the walls are lined with all your faves (think: Pana Chocolate, Loving Earth, Eco Tan, and the popular Beach People roundie towels).

Located on Nepean Highway, it’s super easy to get to by car or train – it’s just across from the station! – so you’ve got no excuses for skipping brekky on your way to work or uni.

— Daisy xx

Pana Chocolate Shop

Pana Chocolate. Noun.
1. A food in the form of a solid block, handmade with raw and organic ingredients; predominantly raw cacao. 2. A place, state, experience, and tangible source of supreme bliss.
Synonyms. Confectionary, dessert, heaven, joy, ecstasy, delight, cloud nine, perfection.

You get the idea! In case you missed my review of the Pana Chocolate bars, Pana is a healthy and conscious brand of chocolate that satisfies all of my sweet cravings. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that they had opened a dessert shop.

In Melbourne.

Somewhere I can actually travel to by train; only 15 minutes from my university (woo hoo!).

Walking into Pana Chocolate for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the stunning simplicity of the place. White walls and light colours give a positive vibe, and the space is small in a way that makes it feel cozy and personal. The intimate setting is reinforced by the small bench parallel to the street-facing window – with only a few bar stools, it’s a far cry from the typical over-crowded café.

As for the treats… there’s a small cabinet full of delicious chocolate creations to choose from, hot cacao with almond milk in a glass urn, and walls lined with beautiful ingredients available for purchase (to name a few). The selection in the cabinet has a few staples, but the raw cheesecakes are always changing – in case you need another reason to return!

Prices range from around $3 for the smaller truffles, up to about $8 for the cheesecakes. They’re kind of pricey for the size, but in my opinion definitely worth it for the taste and quality. All of the yummy desserts can be packed up into a little take-away box for you to enjoy later on (or on the train home, if you’re anything like me!).

They also make celebration cakes to order… you can choose from their set range, or request a new combination. Small cakes (four serves) are $29, medium cakes (8-10 serves) are $50, and large cakes (16-20 serves) are $95. Again, while this sounds expensive, I think it’s reasonable given the quality of the ingredients and cake itself.

Visit the dessert shop at 491 Church Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121. For more mouth-watering visuals of what they have to offer, check out their Instagram page!

— Daisy xx

 

A Vespa Wheel (raw wagon wheel), Mango Ganache, Raw Brownie & Raw Lamington.

Mint Chocolate, Pear and Goji Ganache, Raw Snickers, Hazelnut Truffle (raw Ferrero Rocher), Vespa Wheel & Mini Cheesecake Pop.

Small cakes – Chocolate & White Choc and Raspberry.

 

Ground Organics Cafe

Source: Ground Organics (click photo to open)

Source: Ground Organics (click photo to open)

Good food and even better weather… could your local cafe get any better than this?!

As you step into this beach-side cafe and take in the rustic and authentic vibe, it’s easy to see the passion for health and happiness that inspired its creation.

Located in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, the beautiful beach views only metres away make Ground Organics even more inviting. Although I visited in winter, I was lucky enough to experience the cafe under a beautiful blue sky – yet with the genuine warmth of those who work at the cafe and its peaceful ambiance, I imagine it would be equally as enjoyable at any time of the year.

The menu is FAB, providing healthy and organic options for all kinds of dietary needs (think vegan, gluten free, raw and paleo). When I saw that they had an entire page just for smoothies, I felt like I had died and gone to healthy foodie heaven! Throw into the mix great coffee, cold pressed juices and raw cakes, and you have a selection so delicious it’s almost too good to be true.

A variety of inspiring and educational books and DVDs (some for sale and some for leisure) add to the atmosphere of Ground, as does their range of natural beauty products also available for purchase. And to top it all off, the cafe hosts regular screenings of documentaries focused on health, happiness and wellbeing that will really get you thinking about yourself and the world in a new way.

If Ground Organics was my local cafe, I would go every day! Definitely one to visit if you’re ever on the Sunshine Coast.

— Daisy xx

The to-die-for menu.

Ground’s ‘Cleanse’ green juice and a dirty chai with almond milk. Coffee note: you have the power to manifest what you dream of.

The ‘Vitality’ green juice and delicious vegan Amazonian Acai.

A raw vegan tiramisu and a ‘Longevity’ super smoothie. Smoothie note: can I embrace sadness as much as joy?

Find out more about Ground Organics on their website, Facebook page or Instagram account.