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Top cafés in Boroondara/Stonnington

April 26th 2017

As voted by the Fletchers Canterbury office

When perusing the real estate market, there’s one universal question for food and coffee lovers that can be critical for their decision making; are there any great local cafés? Lucky for our head office staff, they’re surrounded by mouthwatering food, freshly brewed coffee and tantalizing sweets–making the hardest decision of the day where to try next! 

“I live, shop and work in the Boroondara area and I love it! As well as luxury real estate, there are stacks of fantastic cafes. If you visit or live in the area, you will never go hungry!” Raves Fletchers Canterbury Director, Tim Heavyside.

To help those unfamiliar to the area–or those looking to stray from their usual brunch spot–our Canterbury staff have you covered for the cafés you NEED to add to your foodie bucket list!

Dish & Spoon (122 Highfield Road, Camberwell)

Acai bowl – or anything off the breakfast menu!
“This has the perfect blend of bananas, kiwi fruit, strawberries and clusters of nuts (yummy almond flakes) carefully positioned in a bowl of South American exotic super fruit called Acai. The breakfast always keeps me going throughout the day with a big smile on my face. Yum!”
Tim Heavyside, Director & Auctioneer

Source: Dish and Spoon Cafe’s Instagram

Juno & May (662 Burke Road, Camberwell)

Gnocchi – or the waffles if I’m feeling cheeky!
“I love this spot because I used to go there when I was a kid (it was a little Italian place). The cafe has awesome interior design – I love the dark walls and light wood tones. My favorite go-to lunch is the Gnocchi, which is super fluffy and always changing with seasonal vegies. It’s very filling and great with a fresh juice or glass of wine. IF I’m feeling cheeky, I’ll go the waffles, which are super OTT and FABULOUS on a cold day – the candied banana is awesome.”
Harley Toyle, Property Consultant

Zouz Cafe (1420 Toorak Road, Camberwell)

Big breaky, cappuccino and an orange juice
“Great coffee and breaky served all day in a casual and modern setting with great service.”
Steven Zervas, Senior Property Consultant & Auctioneer

The Bean Thief (773 High Street, Kew East)

“They make an amazing coffee! Plus they have friendly staff and are a family business like ours!”
Mark Fletcher, Licensed Estate Agent & Auctioneer

Source: The Bean Thief’s Instagram

Jack & the Beans Talk (510 Waverley Road, Malvern East)

 The Jake
“Just an awesome atmosphere, amazing food and fantastic staff!
Albert Hazelden, Property Consultant

Glen Iris Pantry (106 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris)

Eggs benedict
Best eggs benedict going around in a friendly and peaceful environment!
Mark McLoughlin, Property Consultant

Three Monkeys Place (2 Jackson Court, Doncaster East)

The Benedict Trio & a milkshake
“Great service and great vibe. It’s just one of those places you can enjoy a relaxing breakfast or lunch!”
Trevor Buhagiar, Senior Property Consultant & Licensed Estate Agent

Fergus (301 Wattletree Road, Malvern East)

Eggs, smoked salmon & avocado
“We have been going there since they opened. The quality of the food and coffee is always consistent and the staff are terrific!”
Gail Logan, Senior Associate

Our Kitchen Table (134 Burke Road, Malvern East)

“Owners Kevin and Natalie always make you feel welcome!”
Andrew Paterson, Director Property Management

White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster (182-184 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn)

The smashed pumpkin
“The smashed pumpkin is paired so well with poached eggs, fetta and dukkah, then washed down with a delicious coffee!”
Tim Taylor, Property Consultant

Source: Fodmap Foodie’s Instagram

Between Us (141 Maling Road, Canterbury)

Zucchini fritters & porridge
“My favorite menu items are the zucchini fritters and their amazing porridge in winter. When I go out for breakfast I like to order something I can’t make at home and both of these have the ‘wow’ factor! The porridge especially is amazing. Coffee is also really important to me when choosing a cafe and Between Us consistently does a good coffee. They also celebrate all the special occasions throughout the year in a really fun way with beautiful decorations and an added treat with your coffee.”

– Kate Evans, Marketing Coordinator

Zimt Patisserie Bakery Café (171 Union Road, Surrey Hills)

Egg, bacon and tomato pastry
“Zimt has such delicious food!”
Robert Nakos, Senior Portfolio Manager

The High Tea
“Located in a beautiful tree lined street, Zimt’s High Teas are perfect for a special occasion; a tiered stand full of baked sweets, scones, baguettes and croissants. If you would prefer not to have the sit down experience, they also offer a mouthwatering selection of cakes, tarts and macarons for a cheeky treat to take home!”
– Kathryn Leckie, Communications Coordinator

Source: Zimt’s Instagram

Snow Pony (95 Whitehorse Road, Deepdene)

Avo smash: poached egg on toast with hummus, Persian fetta, corn salsa, dukkah, herbs and lime (GF, V)
“A healthy and very delicious breakfast/lunch choice. Snow Pony has a gorgeous outside courtyard area along the side, where you can sip a latte or drink a Prosecco with the sun streaming down on you.”
Nina Pettolino, Personal Assistant to Bradley Brown

Market on Malvern (388 Malvern Road, Prahran)

Acai Bowl & Pitaya Smoothie
“I love MOM café because they cater to so many different food intolerances such as fodmaps, paleo, vegan, dairy, nut and gluten free,  and their chefs are well trained and easy to talk to. Their food is also delicious, good for you and the café fit out looks great!”
– Gabbi Tesoriero, Graphic Design Assistant

Source: Fodmap Foodie’s Instagram

Chatham Foodstore (290A Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills)

Roasted vegetable quinoa salad
“The best place for fresh salads, focaccias and pastries with a stack of gluten free options. Also a great place to pick up some deli produce and gourmet condiments. The rocky road and gluten free choc brownie are heaven!”
– Jasmine Hodges, Communications Coordinator

Axil Coffee Roasters (322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn)

Dark chocolate waffles with peanut butter parfait, salted caramel, candied popcorn & banana
“This meal is perfection and one you don’t need to alter in the slightest. All the ingredients work together so perfectly, but it isn’t for the faint-I quit sugar-hearted people. So flippin’ tasty!”
– Aimee Dennis, Communications Coordinator

Hello Sailor (89 Auburn Road, Hawthorn)

Corn & avocado bruschetta
“Love the roast capsicum mayo, lime and pecorino; something different from the usual smashed avo on toast. They have nice sandwiches as well!”
– Jaffie Yang, Property Management Administration

Miss Frank (200 Through Road, Camberwell)

Smashed avo & egg
“Love it because the eggs are always perfectly poached – simple but delicious. The coffee is also great!”
Brooke Warwick, Property Consultant

Source: Miss Frank’s Instagram

Italy 1 (823 Burke Road, Camberwell)

Hervey Bay scallop, Spring Bay mussels, or the blue swimmer crab & prawn risotto
“Cosy and stylish dining room, offering delicious and hearty Italian dishes!”
Sharn Swann, Senior Business Development Manager

Caffe Romeo (319 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North)

Chicken Wrap
“Caffe Romeo has a relaxed and friendly environment. The owners are hands on and nothing is too much trouble!”
Andrew Paterson, Director Property Management

Auction Snapshot: Saturday 22 April

April 24th 2017

What happened in the eastern suburbs last weekend?

Saturday 22 April
Number of auctions in Victoria: 603
Clearance rate: 78%

The same weekend last year
Number of auctions in Victoria:

Clearance rate: 75%

Auction highlights…

3/19 James Road, Croydon

The contemporary three bedroom townhouse is positioned in a quiet location near schools, shops, cafes and transport, with Silcock Reserve only a short walk away. The home has its own street frontage and driveway, with a covered alfresco deck and outdoor spa at the rear. Features of the home include polished floorboards, a double garage, two living areas and a stainless steel-appointed kitchen. 

Number of bidders: 2
Sale price: $705,000.

23 Tower Hill Road, Glen Iris

The brick Art Deco home is located in a quiet pocket, with Ashburton Shopping Village, transport, a primary school and Watson park within walking distance. Highlights include high ceilings, period lighting, three robed double bedrooms, an auto garage and a rear carport. Vast opportunities are presented; rent the home out, renovate, extend or redevelop (STCA).

Number of bidders: 5
Sale price: Undisclosed

17 Cherrybrook Close, Nunawading

This home is set within a tree lined street within walking distance to Mitcham shopping village, a primary school, Mullauna College, transport and sporting fields. Highlights of the captivating property include a covered decking, a gourmet stone kitchen, five bedrooms—including a guest bedroom downstairs, four living zones and three bathrooms. The master bedroom features his and her walk in wardrobes and a dual vanity ensuite.

Number of bidders: 5
Sale price: $1.59 million
My auction is live streamed on Facebook – click here to watch it!

What’s happening in the market…

From 1 May, the way that residential real estate can be marketed will change considerably in Victoria. The changes to the Estate Agent Act 1980 put in place several new requirements that real estate agents must adhere to when engaged to sell residential property in Victoria. We certainly welcome these changes as the desired outcome is to ensure that all agents across the state are complying with current legislation, to give potential home buyers confidence and help maintain the integrity of the industry.

2 Charles Street, Kew

April 20th 2017

Family brilliance, metres to Xavier and Trinity

Stylishly renovated, extended, and boasting the allure of 2 generous living zones, the icing on the cake of this desirable 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom residence is its surrounding first-class neighbourhood.

A quick and easy stroll sees you reach the gates of Xavier, Trinity, MLC and Ruyton, as well as Glenferrie Road restaurants and retailers, trams and train.

Entertain in the lounge with gas log fire, substantial Caesarstone kitchen, sun-drenched family room/dining, and enticing north deck with plunge pool.

Click for more information about 2 Charles Street, Kew

Alternatively, contact Nick Fletcher on 0403 387 580 or Nancy Jia on 0430 770 820.

107 Church Road, Doncaster

April 18th 2017

Quality Family-Flexible Home in a Premier Locale

The attractive street appeal of this 2 storey home extends through to its quality interior of stylish fittings and generous living spaces. The family-flexible floorplan provides a convenient ground level bedroom and walk-through bathroom to suit guests or a multi-generational family.

The living and dining room is at the front of the home with an expansive kitchen/family area zoned at the rear featuring a bay-window meals setting looking out to the private rear garden. This appealing home on a low maintenance site is well located within walking distance of Doncaster Secondary College, Doncaster Primary School and local shops with city bus on Doncaster Road and Westfield Doncaster minutes away.


Click for more information about 107 Church Road, Doncaster

Alternatively, contact Steve Schumann on 0409 581 190 or Pan Zhang on 0410 070 405.