Once all the novelty and commotion has subsided, you’ll be able to tell a cafe’s no flash-in-the-pan fad by the daily influx of locals who bike/skate/drive, rain or shine, for a dependable endorphin/caffeine/culinary hit. Three years after opening, that’s Vintage. Nothing says ‘sunny disposition’ better than cheery yellow wallpaper, big windows, retro-laden arrangements of curiosities and a hit of aircon to ease your 40 degree summer blues.
The coffee? Byron Bay specialty savants Marvell Street Roasters now provide a blend exclusive to Vintage and sister cafe Elk. We’ve never seen owner Andrew Whiting in a bad mood – every week he and the gang put their noggins together to brainstorm new lunch combos like salmon and beetroot salad with vino cotto dressing. Breakfast changes by the season with menu cards snazzied up by local designers – frankly it’s not hard to see why this place is still the cat’s pyjamas three years on.
A: 1/43 Alfred St, Mermaid Beach, Qld, 4218
H: 6-4 (Every day)
P: 07 5527 7878