it was a cold rainy winter’s morning in melbourne today and with my husband booked in for haircut, i made a point of choosing a cosy looking cafe right near the hairdresser. that way he could eat and run, and i could sit back and relax while i waited for him. win for me. i love bridport st, albert park – it is full of fantastic boutiques + beauty salons, a fantastic pub (a pre-requisite for melbourne), a whole food grocer, deli, fish + chip store and also my favourite burger place (andrews). i can now add ‘great cafes’ to that tried and tested list.
hapsburg empire is located on the bridport + montague st roundabout with gorgeous seating outside (not appropriate for today’s weather unfortunately). inside, the decor is homely + comfortable – beautiful displays of crockery and i loved the tiles on the front counter. i pulled up a seat on the big bench table, where there was plenty of natural light and a huge pile of newspapers for me to make my way through (contented sigh… i love saturdays).
the coffee was strong, bold and consistent. exactly what i needed to kick-start my lazy morning. my husband ordered the mango smoothie and loved it. creamy, smooth and delicious.
bacon + eggs – poached + scrambled varieties
this was your classic, traditional bacon + eggs. poached eggs were excellently cooked, with soft yellow yolks. scrambled eggs were like i remember my dad making them for me as a kid (in a good way!). generous serving sizes of bacon, which were a perfect balance of crispy and soft. definitely a well-executed aussie breakfast staple.
birdseed granola, cashews, honey + seeds served with a side of milk (you also have the option of adding yoghurt + stewed fruits). the granola was tasty – you could definitely taste the honey and the additional crunch from the cashews was delicious. i took my time eating this one, and as the milk soaked in it got even more tastier. i also thought the presentation was really cute, served on a wooden board along with our bucket of cutlery.
the cafe had a beautiful-looking cabinet of food – fresh rolls, cakes + baked goods… and seriously how delicious do these sweet treats look?! there were also fresh donuts and mini bee-stings (not pictured). the service was very friendly and it was lovely to see the staff engaging with the regulars – asking about their week, recent travels etc. i spent a couple of hours relaxing and reading the paper and did not feel rushed in the slightest to leave. hapsburg empire has the perfect “local” feel – unpretentious, casual and relaxed with good quality fresh food and consistent coffee. now if only i actually WAS a local! 😉
verdict: unpretentious and relaxed – the perfect “local”
5 thoughts on “hapsburg empire, albert park”
what a lovely cafe!! were the prices reasonable?
they were! $14.50 for bacon + eggs. $7.50 for granola. we definitely noticed it was cheaper than our usual weekend brunch 🙂
awesome!! i’ll have to make a trip down there myself! thanks for the great review 🙂
i hope you enjoy!
I love these guys! They use to own Hausfrau in Yarraville and have always been brilliant. Good to see the reasonable prices moved across the bridge with them, they’re much missed here.