Crepes and coffee, chocolate in blocks and chocolate that’s hot. A tempting proposition, but it’s good to know that West Melbourne’s Cafe Metsa ticks all those boxes and the ones you’d expect from a warm and inviting cafe set into a lovingly restored terrace down Victoria Street. Cafe Metsa is the kind of place you step into, especially in winter, and breathe a sigh of relief when you learn it’s never too late for breakfast, that you can get yourself a galette, or find a surprise up on the specials board.
Cafe Metsa wears its heart on its sleeve, proudly brewing up Melbourne’s very own Naked Espresso blends for a loyal flock of regulars down Victoria Street, stocking hand-made chocolates from local boutique chocolatier Ganache, and stirring up seriously rich hot chocolate (mugs, cups, iced or affogato’d) from Fraus. This heady offering alone leads us to conclude that the chocoholic and caffeinated proprietors at Cafe Metsa are pushing all the right buttons from their headquarters in West Melbourne, but there’s certainly more than arabica and cocoa on offer here.
Crepes and galettes are Cafe Metsa’s foodie forte, with a list of classic crepes dominated by sweet stacks smothered in organic maple syrup and Belgian dark chocolate or even infused with flavoured hot chocolates from Fraus. The galettes – gluten-free buckwheat crepes – are aimed at those Melbournites with a savoury tooth, with highlights from the menu including a delicious Italian-inspired bruschetta galette with fior de latte mozzarella and prosciutto in the mix, a chicken and avocado option, and a satisfying salmon surprise variety. Galettes feature in the breakfast selection too, with the vegetarian option subbing asparagus for the bacon atop eggs and piles of daybreak sundries centred on two big buckwheat crepes. This West Melbourne cafe inspires repeat visits with its inspired chef’s recommendations and daily specials too – whether or not you’re local to the hood we recommend you pin Cafe Metsa to your list of regular haunts.
Love this cafe. I’m a coeliac and there are great options here for me. Yuki and Brendan are great. I w ill keep coming back Merryl
Menu is very good with lots of interesting choices and taste options catered for. Service was a little slow but good atmosphere and very pleasant staff. Would certainly recommend the hot chocolates!