45 Little Hoddle St, Richmond VIC 3121
When it comes to good coffee, North Richmond doesn't come straight to mind. What does, is Victoria Street and its many top-notch Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai restaurants; and some of the less savoury going-ons of the area. It really is a diverse and grungy spot, and this is why two of the Worcere crew decided to move here from Adelaide.
But what is one meant to do when in need of coffee? To be sure, the area is a bit light on when it comes to great coffee and nice spaces. No biggy, as the best of Fitzroy and Collingwood are but a short walk away. But, there is one exception to all this. It's called Long Street Coffee.
Situated in a long laneway, a street back from loud and bustling Hoddle Street, Long Street sums Melbourne up in a way. It sits in an old workshop. It reeks great design. The coffee is spot on. The food is interesting, inventive, and fairly priced. The staff - couldn't ask for nicer people. So yes, it's a trendy little coffee shop down a colourful and functional alley way. And it's gets all the stuff it should get right, right. And it's in North Richmond and I'm proud to call it my local.
How does it measure up against the Worcere criteria for a coffice, you ask? Very well indeed. There's a mix of tables for a start - 2s and 4s and a couple of large communal tables. So, if you're by yourself, there's bound to be a spot to park your butt without feeling like a pain in one. There's a power point and power board in the middle of the back wall. You'll have to sit at the corner or back communal table to access it though. And make sure you don't unplug anything. WiFi comes to you via a decent and relatively fast iiNet free connection. To access it you'll need to agree with the obligatory terms.
The crowd is young and creative. I think there's a few creative firms situated on Regent Street that have backdoor access into Long Street. On my visits there's always been someone wondering in preparedly with their favourite mug (they've obviously watched War on Waste!)
The thing I love most about Long Street is that it is, genuinely, down to earth. You can go in, sit and drink some coffee for a while, do some work, and they welcome it. Likewise, they're always up for a chat. The food too, very honest. How's mince, toast, and poached eggs sound? Yeah, there are some other fancy ingredients in there, but why not? At it's heart good, honest, welcoming.