Meander down the light-filled laneway to discover something a little different in Dromana this summer. It’s a much-adored laneway, and rightly so. Rustic brick work contrasts with the mural-adorned walls across the way. If you take a seat at one of the mismatched vintage tables staggered along the laneway, you’ll even steal a glimpse of Port Phillip Bay. Or step through the other front entrance off the footpath at Laneway Espresso Little Treasures to find an eclectic assortment of antique collectables, retro art pieces, and artworks by local artists.
“The idea was to make this café your third home,” said owner Jim Mavrogiannis. “Your first home is your house, your second home is your workplace, and now you’ve got a third home here at Laneway Espresso Dromana.”
Anyone can see that Jim is passionate about the food his venue plates up, and it’s contagious, much like his laugh that echoes throughout the unique venue. It’s a comfortable atmosphere that has all the coffee drinkers and brunch fanatics feeling at home and kicking back. They don’t just come for the food, they come for the atmosphere and it’s a beautiful thing. Without a doubt, food is the talking point, with friendships started over mutual admiration of freshly made smashed avocado with cherry tomatoes and feta with dukkah and a balsamic glaze, or the roast pumpkin served with Danish feta, onion jam and poached eggs finished with roasted nuts. Conversations at the large vintage share tables flow with the music, so we believe Jim when he tells us that couples have met at his very own communal tables.
“Atmosphere is so important. The vibe has to be right. You’ve got to enjoy where you are. It’s everything that I ever wanted; the design is how I envisioned it. I like the way it is and I’m happy that it works so well.”
It’s the epitome of café culture here, with every last detail thought out — from Jim’s assorted collection of vintage teaspoons to the quirky sugar jars and vibrant watering cans filled with plants. It all came to fruition, even the layout of the trendy space complete with a kids’ corner. Here at Laneway Espresso it’s about doing something different, from the croissant burger to the standout coffee, which has received awards from Bean Hunter for the past three years.
It’s open Monday to Friday from 6.30am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7am-5pm.
LANEWAY ESPRESSO DROMANA
A: 167 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana
T: 5981 4624