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HOT: Red Door Corner Store, Northcote

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While the demise of the neighbourhood milk bar is a sad testament of our time of mega-malls and supermarket duopolies, the silver lining is that Melburnians have managed to transform the humble corner store into fantastic cafes such as Red Door Corner Store.

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Red Door Corner Store has retained some of the old-fashioned shop signage and the interior coffee and serving bench is reminiscent of the old shop of yore, when you’d be served by girls in beribboned aprons and mop caps reaching for the back shelves for your essentials.

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And given the cafe’s name of course the predominant colour scheme is a bright, cheery red.

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The cafe serves all day breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week. On sunny days there is a contest for the outside pavement seats or there’s a leafy back courtyard (which is also heated). The interior is quite small so you may struggle to get a pram in, but staff are friendly and helpful.

Other kid-friendly features include high chairs and a neat box of toys and books.


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The menu is focussed on seasonal, free-range and local produce. We share a delectably spongy brioche French toast ($18.50) and housemate crumpets with jam ($9). The French toast is dessert-masquerading-as-breakfast and is amazing! Think champagne poached strawberries, orange blossom custard, saffron and cardamom poached pear, mint, toasted almonds, maple crème fraîche. Sweet, sticky, crunchy, creamy, all at once. It’s also extremely filling.

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If you have a sweet tooth there are more house made treats in the cabinet.

There’s a lot to love about cosy, delicious Red Door Corner Store. It’s so good that locals have asked that I keep it secret – but good things should be shared, no? Plus if you have an Entertainment (Formerly Entertainment Book) membership, you can buy one meal get one free on your bill.

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  • pram access (limited, you might better sitting on the pavement tables);
  • high chairs;
  • toys and books;
  • kid-friendly standard menu;
  • back courtyard;
  • free street parking;
  • walking distance to shops of High Street Northcote; and
  • if you have an Entertainment (Formerly Entertainment Book) membership you can buy one meal get one free on your bill.

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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