Do you have any secret hideout you keep to yourself or restrict to close circles? I’ve got a few - and Roller Door is one of them. Tucked away in Stawell St. in West Melbourne, I’ve actually passed it many times on the way to and from home, without realising that there’s a cozy hidden cafe in there. With such a small shop front, you can’t really blame me though!
Roller Door has a small and intimate indoor seating area with a mini library complete with a few card games (like Uno!), as well as an outdoor courtyard that reminds me of Fandango and Red Door Corner Store. I haven’t been out the back yet as it’s been pretty chilly but from what I can see, it would be lovely to sit out there when the weather gets warmer.
It’s such a rarity these days to find a cafe with a nice atmosphere, where you can sit and catch up with a friend leisurely without being surrounded by a million hipsters or waiting staff that are way-too-cool-for-us-normal-folks. Coffees are generally strong, though my soy latte was not as creamy as I would have preferred.
I can’t really comment food-wise as I have only had a croissant here once - but it was fairly good. Nothing to complain about. The cafe always smells delicious whenever we’re there, so I would be keen to try their other offerings. Staff are always friendly, too!