Blue Lotus Cafe

Cnr Musk Ave & Carraway Street
Mon-Fri: 6.30am-5.45pm
Sat: 6.30am-3.30pm
Sun: 7.30am-3.30pm

Blue Lotus ticks the big boxes for me on a weekend - sizeable breakfasts, good coffee, reasonable prices and a very short walk from home.

In spite of its bright, funky decor (I love the big graffiti wall at the back), the vibe at Blue Lotus is generally pretty subdued. Not in an unpleasant way - it's usually full of locals, sometimes with bags of shopping or toddlers in tow, or eating their brunch in Lycra with their bike chained up beside the takeaway counter outside. 

Service can be a little slow but is always friendly and there are heaps of posters and brochures for upcoming events that I like to flick through if there is a bit of a wait. I think the longest I have waited for food there around 10 minutes. Coffee service is always speedy.

I've never eaten from the cabinet but it seems to be pretty standard fare - muffins and filos, and big cookies in the jars on the counter. I have had their individually-wrapped banana bread and it was a bit dry, but nice - no nuts, hurrah!

The cooked breakfasts I can certainly vouch for - big servings and standard price ($14-16) for the area. They serve DiBella coffee and they do it well.

If you're looking for somewhere to sit down on market day, Blue Lotus is just around the corner from all of the madness but close enough to still see, smell and hear the markets.