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Stanley Mt Waverley

‘Don’t Forget the Dreaming Days’.

2018 saw the opening of a multitude of cafes around Melbourne. One in particular caught my eye, and its proximity to my home was just one of the many reasons why. Having lived in the South East of Melbourne all my life, it’s always exciting when a café opens in the suburb next door to my own. This venue in particular was 2 years in the making, with an opportunity arising when a corner milkbar shut its doors one final time.

Julien & Kristy Moussi, along with Jack Franklyn, breathed new life into this site that’s hidden on a residential street in Mt Waverley.

True to form for the trio, homage is paid to the buildings former occupant, with suggestions of milk bar items cleverly placed within the venue, such as branding based around the classic Allen’s Fantale font. A wire framed stand  greets visitors at the front entrance, with an ode to the ‘dreaming days’, where little legs sprinted to the milk bar, pockets filled with candy, and fingers stained with sticky blues, yellows, red, and greens.  

The airy fit out is care of Ritz & Ghougassian, who used warm timbers and concrete prominently throughout the venue, with splashes of greenery that accentuate the fresh welcoming feeling.

Coffee is thanks to the team’s roasting arm, Inglewood, with the Roosevelt Blend for milk coffee, and rotating singles for black coffee. Today’s Ethiopian Guji worked a treat as a cold brew, with hints of pineapple, and a chocolate finish.

The menu is a bag of mixed lollies, with something to suit everyone, from Hong Kong Waffles, Beef Brisket Benedict, Detox Bowls, and Beef Burgers served with a Milkshake.

The Stanley will have you daydreaming about your next visit to this adored local at 63 Stanley Avenue, Mt Waverley

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