By Jo Rittey


Wide Open Road in Brunswick is a warehouse slash workshop sort of space with shared tables, smaller tables, bars for perching, and booths with the comfiest looking seats in the house. Slick black glossy tiles are the stroke of chic amidst a general functional seventies vibe.


There is a mixed bunch of patrons; a pram, some tattoos behind ears and the obligatory laptops on table for those here alone. The servers are calm and efficient, effortlessly gliding between the kitchen, tables and coffee service area with a smile.


Coffee is king at Wide Open Road. As it should be, it’s a roaster after all. And you can have coffee any old way you can imagine; the white and black and single origin options, then you can flip the page and marvel at all the possibilities of cold brew there are, as well as filter, pour over, and batch brew. Plus there’s the added bonus of being able to watch the roasters at work in a play school kind of way through the square windows at the back of the café. If you hang around until it’s midday somewhere in the world, you can even get grown up drinks.


The food’s good too, although you won’t get much change from a $20 for the breakfast and lunch dishes. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Wide Open Road pride themselves on their use of quality local products and the good stuff costs money. Anywhere that casually has okonomiyaki casually nestling up alongside harissa white bean puree on toast and zucchini tacos gets the big smiley face stamp in my books.


Roasting coffee in Brunswick since 2009, Wide Open Road is a northside mainstay you shouldn’t miss.



274 Barkly St Brunswick




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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