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Black Cat - Lounge Groove on Brunswick Street!

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Very hipster! Walking down Brunswick Street we stumbled across Black Cat on a lazy Saturday afternoon. As we’d been walking for about an hour this was the perfect café to visit.

We made a beeline for the large welcoming mismatched lounges. Once we’d done that we were so comfortable we didn’t want to leave in a hurry.

It was then I checked out the grungy room to discover the odds and sods arrangements on the walls and about the place. It looks and feels like the lounge room from the 1970’s (yes I can remember – only just). Someone told me Black Cat was famous for being pioneers in this kind of feel and look. I’m told they are an iconic part of Brunswick Street and indeed Fitzroy (around for decades).

I wondered whether they’d sourced their lounges from Lost and Found on Smith St. Wouldn’t be a bad idea. Certainly they didn’t appear to be sourced from the funky establishments on Church St Richmond. What I love is that you can let it all hang out on these grungy lounges without worried about too much etiquette.

Being a sunny Melbourne day we were tempted to sit outside in a really cool little area with dark timber benches under foliage. Cats like to venture outdoors…

The coffee here is actually great and they take it seriously! Popular as a bar and it’s a place that hums in the evenings (with a DJ some nights). As far as food goes it’s a little light on…

A popular hang out with locals! Always seems to be packed. During the day it’s a great place to check your emails, lounge around, meet friends, and drink coffee.

The ambience is great as this is a busy part of Brunswick Street. Filming takes place here for Offspring, which makes the place even cooler than it is.

Black Cat, 252 Brunswick St Fitzroy  Food 8 Coffee 8.5 Ambience 9


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David Hagger is a bald headed man with a penchant for finery, convivial dining, and festive culture. He honestly believes Melbourne is an impressive global city.


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