Small Graces, Big Love. Footscray is one of Melbourne’s most diverse and multicultural suburbs, famed for its Cheap Eats, Market, and Franco Cozzo! Not only does close proximity to the city make it appealing, but it’s also home to some much-loved cafes, such as Small Graces, which is tucked away behind Barkly Street. Small Graces was opened two and a half years ago by Rebecca Howell & Diego Portilla, born out of a desire to acknowledge the nourishment of body and soul that comes from spending time in your favourite cafe. A brief chat with Rebecca revealed just how much value she and husband Diego place in appreciating the small things. They met while working in regional Victoria, where Diego was a Chef in several fine dining restaurants such as the Lake House in Daylesford. The pair wanted to bring that same appreciation for local produce and wholesome eats to the inner suburbs of Melbourne. The menu is dubbed ‘dietary friendly’, with feasible and fresh vegan and gluten free options. This led to the introduction of Califia Farms Oat Milk to the menu, as many locals are requesting the popular milk substitute with their coffee. Rebecca explained that oat milk’s neutral flavour pairs well with coffee, allowing the beans to shine. She has recently become a convert, opting for an oat flat white to kick start her day. It’s always wonderful to see café owners standing behind the products they serve. I highly recommend the Huevos Pericos for breakfast, which is a Colombian style egg dish served on two cheese filled corn cakes, with a dollop of smashed avo.
Find this cosy Footscray café at 57 Byron Street.