There may be very little standing between Manchester Press and the hum of traffic blitzing up and down Elizabeth Street, but the open-space cafe is so aptly tucked away that one tends to forget that you’re still right in the middle of the city. Venture down Rankins Lane off Little Bourke Street and you’ll find Melbourne’s champion of bagels and delightful coffee art featuring pictures of rabbits, leaves, men and women.
Chai latte ($4)The chai latte is spicy yet sweet, and comes with a little dish of honey that I promptly mix in.
Wholemeal bagel with ham, cheese and tomato ($8)
Wholemeal bagel with ham, cheese and tomato ($8)My bagel is an absolute cheapie for breakfast – the bagel itself absolutely divine; golden and crunchy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. The filling of slices of ham, with melted cheese and cuts of tomato, is simple but delicious; a bit of a staple. I’ve tried most of the other items on the menu on various other occasions and have to say that the smoked salmon version is my favourite; at $12 a decent amount of salmon is given and is complemented well by a handful of capers. It’s definitely a must try if you’re in the area. Manchester Press Location: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9600 4054