Greenfields is a gorgeous cafe inside Albert Park with prime position on Lakeside Drive and luscious green (naturally) views of the golf course and lake.
The cafe is spread out over three expansive dining areas.
My favourite spot is a table by the wall-to-ceiling glass windows where you can bask in the sunshine and be sheltered from the wind. The decor palette is a soothing mix of earthy tones and greenery.
When the weather cools down a cosy corner is set up with a fireplace and squishy couches.
At the main entrance is the bar, which still retains a clubby feel with a low ceiling and wood and brick.
The outside deck is an amazing space with the Lakeside Bar, a bar and grill kitchen…
….wicker lounge seating on the ‘sunset deck’ and an ‘Instagram corner’ – a swing chair that seems to attract every camera in the near vicinity (including mine).
The deck segues seamlessly into a large lawn, perfect for a game of croquet or boules or simply rolling down the hill!
The menu is available all day even though it’s split into ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’. ‘Eat colourfully’ is the inspiration and our meals reflect that philosophy.
I start with a Maya Choc shake with almond milk, avocado, cocoa, banana, honey and cinnamon ($9.50). It is thick and creamy though not as chocolate-y as I am expecting.
Full marks for the steamed fish of the day (rockling) with ginger, chilli, shiitake, greens, soba noodle and miso salad. It’s a light and refreshing way to start the day and the balance of flavours is just right – not too tart, not too salty ($24).
For dessert Lady AB and I share the photogenic summer melon granola ($17) with watermelon, fresh berries, puddles of soaked chia seeds and a crunchy sunflower seed granola.
If you’re walking your pooch around Albert Park there’s even doggy treats and a ‘puppucino’ on the menu.
For families there’s plenty of pram space, high chairs, a small kids menu of toast ($5), herbed butter soldiers ($4.50) and ham and cheese jaffle ($9) and some colouring-in to keep kiddies amused if they’re not running amok outside. There is a disabled toilet where you fit a pram to change a baby.
There’s plenty of parking on site as the carpark is shared with the golf club (weekends $2.60 all day). Note that with the Grand Prix many of the roads inside Albert Park are closed so you’ll need to access from Queens Road, heading south to north.
If you’re visiting Albert Park make Greenfields your breakfast, brunch or lunch spot, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a restful spot away from the hum of the city (just not during Grand Prix!) with a delicious ‘clean eating’ menu and bucolic views. Yoga and meditation classes are coming soon.
Also on Sundays from February to April, the Lakeside Bar opens for ‘Sunday Safari’ from 12pm onwards with live music, outdoor lawn games, BBQ and picnic baskets. Veuve anyone?
If you fancy a play then head to Albert Park Community playground inside the park.
- Pram access from street level;
- High chairs;
- Disabled toilet;
- Textas and paper on request;
- Standard menu suitable for kids;
- Children’s menu; and
- Street parking.
- On Sundays, the Lakeside bar will be open for ‘Sunday Safari’ from 12pm onwards with live music, family orientated games, BBQ and picnic baskets. Acoustic music will kick off from 2pm and DJs from 4pm.
- Yoga and meditation coming soon.
Greenfields, Cnr Lakeside Drive and Queens Rd (access via Queens Rd), Albert Park
Wednesday to Sunday from 7am
Note closed from 13 March to 3 April, 2017 for F1 Grand Prix.