This is what backstreets are for
Just when you thought Fitzroy couldn’t manage any new slick openings, Backstreet Café has arrived on the scene and we like, a lot.
The café and bistro is open 7 days for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between and is brought to us by Birdman Eating’s Tim Tehan. You’ll find it on the corner of Kerr and Napier Street, at the base of those swanky Artist Apartments, and if ever you could manufacture a café rivalry – it’s here. The new spot eyeballs the little bluestone cafe ICI – which ensures a face off between those enjoying renowned ICI porridge and chef Tobee Powell (ex Birdman’s) baked eggs.
A nice change from those all-too-bright stark set ups, the lighting is dim. Inside, find a swish marble bar, communal with high stools, a scattering of black bronze rimmed tables and bentwood chairs and some cosy banquette seating. All set on a rather unique pale wood lazer cut floor. Outside, a mini veranda with tiny alcoves is perfect for people watchers, those with pets or wanting to catch some extra rays.
Sourcing beef from Coldstream Cattle Company and pork from McIvor in Tooborac, this corner spot also boasts a charcuterie and downstairs drying room for cured, smoked or salted meats, deli and provedore. They will also soon be selling take-home meals that are sure to have mouths watering.
Where: 152 Kerr St, Fitzroy
When: Mon-Fri 7am-10.30pm | Sat-Sun 8am-10.30pm
Phone: 03 9417 1212