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    I have just read lots of threads on similar subjects, but as businesses change all the time I thought I should ask again. Besides, the only one I saw mentioned in the CBD is Brother Baba Budan (this was news to me : will certainly try them out next time Im in town, which isnt that often.)

    Im expecting some cyber friends from Canada. They are coming on a cruise and are only here for a day. I asked them what they would like to see, sent them some links, and they chose a shortened version of this: http://tinyurl.com/34d9ma They (surprisingly ;D) dont want to go on a cruise and as they have to get back on board their ship by 6pm, no evening activities either. They also said that they will get force fed on board the ship, so wont want to eat much. I thought (having parked the car at Crown) Id take them up the Eureka Towers and have a stroll on Southbank, etc. then perhaps get on the City Circle Tram (it will be a Monday, so no Vic Market) and get off when they show interest in something. So, I need some recommendations of good cafes along (more or less) that route. Having found them on Google and checking in Melways, Brother Baba Budan is a bit out of the way. Besides, it would be handy to know a few, so that I can take them to one whenever the urge for a coffee beckons. We are supposed to be famous for our good coffee, I wouldnt want to take them somewhere where they serve dishwater. ;D The website also suggests eating a pie at the Bourke St Mall, but not being a connoisseur of pies, I wouldnt know where to buy an edible one of those, either. :-)

    Any help would be appreciated

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    If Im anywhere in the CBD, I visit BBBs. Its sooo worth the trip!!!
    http://www.brotherbababudan.com.au/
    http://stali.com.au/

    In my opinion, Melbournes (bohemian) uniqueness is in the suburbs; StKilda, Elsternwick, Carlton, Fitzroy, Richmond, Abbotsford, Windsor.

    The river is beautiful south of the CBD , the sports precinct (MCG), Shrine of Remembrance are also lovely.
    http://www.shrine.org.au/content.asp?Document_ID=1

    Definitely try the sweet things around the corner at Cafe Vue. Rather cheap for how yummy they are.
    http://www.vuedemonde.com.au/cafe-vue.aspx

    For a serious meal Ild go up to Carlton, so many more dining options. A gastro pub might be unique to the Candians.

    If in the area, A Minor Place = wicked lattes
    103 Albion Street, Brunswick

    Brunswick St is unique and has great atmosphere, although not a suburb for the clean freaks. Atomica Caffe does good coffee. 268 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

    p.s. a drive along the Citylink is a good way to see the city from afar; especially from the Bolte and West Gate bridges

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      So, pray tell, what is a clean freak????

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        Someone who is obsessive about keeping things clean.

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          I see - not a coffee related term then - as in, clean taste.

          I take it then that the above reference means that the Brunswick St locale is more for the grots...

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            Brunswick St is grungy, bohemian, dirty, filthy... a punk subculture... depends on your perspective.

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              Brunswick street is much, much more eclectic than Lygon Street....but watch out for the drug addicts begging spare change...and the syringes they later leave behind.

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                eclectic Brunswick, mmm, yes, but traditional Italian coffee... Cafe Trevi in Lygon St.....old fashioned , but great for the bacon and eggs breakfasts too!

                and, although a bit the other way, Ackland Street?? or Church Street, Richmond? lots of nice shops, apart from the cafes...

                L

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