It’s rare to find a big backyard in inner city Melbourne, so westside families in-the-know head to Est 1906 where there is plenty of space for little ones to roam.
The shopfront on Charles Street looks narrow, but you’ll be surprised to discover that the cafe expands into numerous dining sections – a huge main room, a secluded back room, a front room that can double as a meeting room and even a sunny courtyard.
Husband and wife team Kevin Ji and Grace Wang took over Est 1906 in 2018 after running other hospitality businesses. Living in Spotswood, they wanted to own a local venue where they could form relationships and really get to know their customers.
Local residents working from home also like to take advantage of the airy meeting area, with a communal table, high benches looking out onto the street and free wifi. There’s a readily available supply of coffee, biscuits, pastries and even gelato.
On the menu proper you can expect cafe standards with an occasional Asian twist. Currently their most popular dish is a Japanese prawn pasta, a perfect light meal for warmer months. The kitchen garden even supplies the parsley, lemon and spring onions as garnish.