This weekend I found a place that fills my stomach with butterflies and adds a cute, permanent blush color to my cheeks. This place makes me want to forget all my hopes and dreams and make it my usual Sunday spot. No more exploring Melbourne trying out new places. No more barraging strangers and friends alike to tell me their favorite places to eat. Every weekend would be all about Giddi Up.
Giddi Up is so simple, calming and welcoming. I stopped by early Sunday for a quick breakfast on my way to South Melbourne Market, but found myself staying half the morning.
The relaxing sounds of a bustling cafe are subtle but present: The coffee machine smack, the milk steamer going nuts, the clinking of freshly washed water glasses, the friendly staff taking orders. Combine all of that with excellent music and even better food, and you, my friend, have found the way to my heart.
I tried downloading Shazam so I could copy the ambience at home, but it didn’t work. So I grew some red hot chili peppers and asked, it was a pre-made playlist featuring Wild Child and Noah and the Whale. Oh! What a coincidence. That’s what’s playing through my Sonos right now.
As far as food goes, I tried the smoked salmon, ricotta and avocado plate and completely devoured it in my mom’s honor. It’s a plate I know she would obsess over, just as I did. I can’t wait to take her in December.
Bottom line is that I know myself. I know I have fallen under this type of enchantment for one too many cafes in the past and have never been able to change my ways. I am who I am and I’ll always see as many cafes as I want.
Giddi up, I want you to know though, every time I go to a new cafe and it fails me I will think of you.
269 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Open 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 8am