Opposite a primary school in Fitzroy North lies Mary Miller Cafe. Mary Miller opened in August 2017, the first cafe for Marie Antonopoulos, who opened it with her partner Sarge Michael from Project281 cafe in Brunswick.
Needing a complete transformation from the previous cafe, the 10 day turn around involved a complete repaint to white, fitting out plenty of green plants and enlisting the artist Mona (a former staff member from Spain) to style the walls with a story that involved decorative flowers and plenty of birds. Take a walk out the back and you will find a sun-filled courtyard and more greenery growing in the planter boxes. It is safe to say that Mary Miller is very pet-friendly, with a dog water station and seating on the street for your best furry friend.
The previous Chef of the Glass Den designed the menu, and in their typical style, there is a lot of colour in the dishes. Shortly after opening the cafe, they realised that the local area had a lot of demand for vegan food. This influenced the menu at Mary Miller, which now has a wide range of vegan options. There’s even a blackboard of vegan cheeses and other options to introduce into your meal. Marie’s daughter plays a large role in tasting the new vegan options that make it to the menu.
There is something for everyone at Mary Miller. Choose from bircher muesli, mango smoothie bowl, vegan B.L.A.T. with Hello Friend Foods haloumi and vegan bacon. Or, a traditional smashed avocado, vegan ‘heaven’ BIBIMBAP, Poke Bowl or vegan chicken pop burger.
There’s also the magical Veggie Patch dish which looks like it sounds. It has a bed of smashed pea on garlic toast, king oyster & enoki mushrooms, roasted roots, baby beetroot, with vegan feta, fresh herbs and edible flowers. It’s almost too pretty to eat!
Of course, no Melbourne cafe would be complete without great coffee (by Founder Coffee Co.). Or you can grab a fresh juice or smoothie. Pop in and visit Mary Miller next time you are looking for a great bite to eat.