Who wants to milk a cow…

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in Brunch, Cafe, Melbourne | 0 comments

Who wants to milk a cow…

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Years ago (pre teen) I lived in New Zealand for a few years and one of the earliest memories of my time there was being invited by a new chum to visit the Dairy. Great – NZ has cows as well as sheep.

When told to bring money I think I may have recoiled a little – was I going to have to pay to pat a cow? Nope. Can you imagine my surprise upon walking into a Milk Bar and being told that was the Dairy! Phew.

But don’t you miss the thrill of going to your local Milk Bar (Dairy, corner shop, off license) and ordering pick and mix or chewing gum card packs? Garbage Pail kids anyone?

Well if you are wishing you could re visit the years of old Grigons & Orr have a gorgeous cafe channeling a ye olde style Milk Bar. There is something about this North Melbourne establishment that makes ever ones eyes light up.


They do amazing breakfasts, cute cakes, cupcakes and milkshakes! They also sell those random items you might just run out of – sugar, milk, batteries, vegemite, jelly and a whole random swag more.


The things I find most charming about this place are many. The old fashioned milk bottles turned water bottles often with strawberries on the vine or fresh mint leaves gently flavoring the water is endearing. The blanket box by the front door for outdoor patrons is too sweet and the souvenir teaspoons to stir your tea make me feel cosy inside. The fact that they also sell tick tock biscuits and pick and mix sweets just wraps it up in string. These are indeed a few of my favorite things.


Located an easy walk from The Queen Victoria Market and plenty of parking and space to pop your bike this place should be on your to go list. While it does get busy around brunch o’clock and the majority of the seating is outside it’s worth the wait!

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