Sunday, 4 September 2011

South Melbourne

Just 2 km from the city, and on my side of the city, South Melbourne is home to the South Melbourne Markets, South Melbourne Football Club, apparently Australia's most successful football club in history (pretty bold claim), television production studios and formerly the home of John Reid "Gentleman Jack" McGowan, an Australian boxing champion who lived in South Melbourne in the 19th century. It is Melbourne's oldest suburban areas and famous for its well-preserved Victorian era streetscapes. 
It is also the home of  Named after Ali ibn Umar al-Shadili, who was a 14th century mystic considered the patron saint of the coffee port of Mocha (in Yemen). Perfect for those who love coffee, the approach to St Ali is part of the pilgrimage. Down a side street with walls are covered with art, St Ali is a warehouse treasure trove. There is a mind-boggling range of coffee beans from all over the work. You can sample the nuances of flavour as you would a wine menu. Being a little overwhelmed and surrounded by hipsters, I stammered out a safe bet order...flat white. 

 Good coffee.

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