Blink and you’ll miss them! These are the Hole-in-the-wall places you need to try.
This tiny little haven is a caffeine-lover’s dream. Secluded yet conveniently located, Espresso Garage gives live-giving elixir in the form of well-blended coffee, humble breakfasts, and energising treats. Smoothies are served in nostalgic glass milk bottles and coffee is served by the bowlful in a gorgeously quaint setting surrounded by splashes of electric red and charming wooden stools. Staff are gracious and good-humoured with a host of regulars that love returning to this sunlit spot. Whether you need a quick snack like a banana or an absurdly delicious breakfast like the Haloumi Delight, Espresso Garage is a great place to refuel and relax.
Don’t let the name fool you; this little coffee hub caters for the carnivorous and the healthy herbivores in addition to the sweet tooth-inclined. Yes, you’ll find delicious little flower-topped cupcakes and probably the most decadently layered cakes you’ve ever had the pleasure to stumble across, but you’ll also encounter all-day breakfasts including avo and Persian feta on toast, quinoa goji porridge, and a pulled pork sandwich to rival all others. Find them on the corner of Grey and Little Stanley Streets.
Burrowed behind a concrete pillar walking down Grey Street, you’ll stumble across a window lined with posters, shelves of books, and t-shirt prints peeking through the glass. At Title, you’ll find a cool, cosy space that celebrates the left-of-centre and champions the unique. This is a place where you’ll want to waste half the day browsing through hard-to-find vinyls, film noir collections, and classic books that will challenge your way of thinking. Always quirky and never dull, Title is one of those places that ensnares your attention from the moment you lay eyes on the space.
This younger sister to Ole thrives in the veil of night time. With rich, dark furnishings and embellishments plus a full menu of sangria, The Sangria Bar is a great location for an afternoon of escapades that travel into the night. The place is brimming with scrumptious Spanish bar food, an infectiously vibrant atmosphere, and all manner of red and white sangria for your tipple tasting pleasure.
The Great Aussie Sweet Company
Diet be damned! You simply won’t be able to resist the shelves and shelves of lollies, jellybeans, chocolates, and sugar-coated treats from this candy wonderland. Boasting a genuine bubblegum dispenser, nostalgic lolly shop signs, and even a scooter parking bay, The Great Aussie Sweet Company takes you back to an era where high school blazers and courting reigned supreme. Treats range from far and wide, including English toffees and milk duds. Do yourself a favour and pop in to the Stanley Street Plaza store.
You’re walking down Grey Street when suddenly the smell of freshly cooked bread hits your senses. Trying to pinpoint where the aroma has floated from, you spy a bustling little restaurant flanked by a few tables and some people enjoying a casual chat and a coffee. Sneakily nestled into the corner of Grey and Tribune Streets is the home of this aromatic bread and its devilishly delicious infusions: Baba Ganouj. Get your meats off the grill and onto some traditional Lebanese Saj bread, topped with cheese and tahini sauce, or grab a mixed platter to share. Perfect for lunch and a fast, satiating dinner, Baba Ganouj is one hole in the wall you should definitely uncover.