HOT: STREAT Cafe, 66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood

STREAT collingwood

Tucked away in the industrial backstreets of Collingwood is a green oasis – the dining hub of hospitality social enterprise STREAT.

STREAT collingwood

STREAT is a Melbourne-based organisation that offers disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood. Since it started in 2010, STREAT has trained more than 520 disadvantaged youth in hospitality across five cafe sites in Melbourne.

STREAT collingwood

Their newest permanent site is a former manor from the 1860s and houses an expansive cafe, on site artisan bakery, coffee roastery, meeting spaces and function rooms.

STREAT collingwood

The best part is that it’s surrounded by a lush garden, a stark contrast to its industrial neighbours.  

STREAT collingwood

Other family-friendly facilities include high chairs and shelves of toys and books, though Baby 2.0 spends most of the time exploring the garden and trying out the hammocks and deck chairs

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STREAT collingwood

STREAT collingwood

The food is absolutely stunning in terms of presentation and flavours. I highly recommend the Matcha parfait, scorched yuzu marshmallow, rice crunch ($18.50). I’ve never had a dish like it before in terms of the melding of flavours and textures and it’s like a (sort-of) healthy dessert on a breakfast plate.

STREAT collingwood

Also generously proportioned and healthy is are the white corn tortillas with broccoli molé, pickled carrots and roasted cashew crema ($16). The produce is super-fresh and while the dish is vegan it is full of fantastic flavour that a non-vegan will still enjoy.

STREAT collingwood

Baby 2.0 happily devours a giant flaky sausage roll ($12) and then for dessert we have a Genderbread Person. It’s not your typical gingerbread man and costs $12 because all profits allows a young person who identifies with being LGBTIQ to participate in the program. Each Genderbread Person comes inside a little booklet explaining the concept and Baby 2.0 and I have an interesting discussion about what makes up how a person feels about their gender.

STREAT collingwood

Hipster Collingwood is not an easy place to find a family-friendly place to dine and the spacious STREAT ticks all the boxes. Delicious food and coffee, wonderful surroundings, friendly staff – and a place where every dollar counts towards helping a young person in need.

HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs;
  • toys;
  • Courtyard;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids;
  • Note parking is difficult to find in surrounding streets.

STREAT, 66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood (03) 9629 4222

Monday to Friday, 7am – 4pm

Weekends, 8am – 4pm

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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