By Jo Rittey


Coco and Thyme is big, but somehow cosy. I know, I know. That makes no sense whatsoever. But it is, nevertheless, true. It’s all lofty ceilinged, concrete floored, industrial warehouse and yet, it’s not just the name that creates a somewhat cottage feel. There’s a lot of wood and a big pot of flowers and it’s warm.


The staff are friendly from the moment you step in the door; acknowledging and welcoming. Richmond roasted Veneziano coffee is quickly made, on the table and is velvety smooth with all sorts of milk chocolate, cashew, sweet spice and honey flavours going on. Yes really.


The menu takes more time. Not only is the regular menu full of interesting and creative dishes, there are specials too. So many choices. Would it be Breakfast Thyme, with its fried egg, sujuk, labne, sumac spice, mint, vine ripe tomatoes, cucumber, olives or zataar flat bread or the St. Benny; panko crumbed choux potato, pulled ham hock, poached eggs, apple cider mayonnaise and cared apple? Then there’s the fact that Coco and Thyme don’t just do Smashed Avo, theirs is Smashed, Poked and Poached, no less, and includes goat feta and spiced seeds.


All of these are great options but on this chilly May morning, the special almond milk porridge with banana, toasted cinnamon walnuts and honey wasn’t too big, nor too small, and in a fit of Goldilock expansiveness, was just right.


The lunch menu also looks great and I can guarantee I’d be ummming and ah-ing over a decision on that one too.


If you’re a local, lucky you. If not, hop on your bike or grab your Myki. Coco and Thyme is a destination worth travelling to.




203 St. Georges Road, Fitzroy North


Mon – Fri 7am -4.30pm

Sat – Sun 8am – 5pm


Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders.



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