We all know the feeling- life gets so busy; we don’t stop to nourish our bodies, let alone our souls! It was a dilemma for Freddy Raftellis, so he decided to take action.
Freddy will be familiar to many foodies around Melbourne for his popular Westgarth café ‘Gypsy Hideout’. In the midst of a pandemic, he decided to return to his happy place (Collingwood), and opened Nourish on Smith Street in October. After success with the Nourish concept regionally, it was fitting to bring it to the big city.
This nutrient dense, and flavour rich café specialises in dietitian approved macro bowls, sushi, cakes, salads, and juices. Of course, a café needs quality coffee, and Freddy has trusted Reverence with delivering the goods. Fun fact- Freddy’s café Gypsy Hideout was Reverence Coffee Roasters first customer when they launched over a decade ago; and Gypsy’s much like barista K is now head barista at Nourish. I had the pleasure of going behind the scenes with K, to sample Reverence Coffee’s latest single origin beans through the Mavam.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Freddy, who spoke of his belief that convenience doesn’t have to be unhealthy, and can be fresh and affordable. All food is organic and freshly made onsite, with nothing processed or tinned. It’s then conveniently and sustainably made available so that we can all nourish our body, mind, and soul. Put simple, it’s healthy fast food, and they can cater for all food intolerances.
Apart from the delicious food and coffee, I like that Freddy offers loyal customers the option of nominating a charity to which he donates to each month, with recent recipients including Minus 18, and Saint Mary’s House.
You will find Nourish at 118 Smith Street, Collingwood.
Collingwood. They open 7:30am until 4:00pm daily (Closed Sundays).