Follow your nose along Swanston street and you’ll end up at the newly opened Waffee. It’s a tiny store that makes just two things: waffles and coffee. The smell emanating from the shop is delicious. Take note Subway with your whiffs of sickly sweet bread – the Waffee smell is sugary but with the delicious aroma of rich coffee thrown in as well.
It’s not just the smell which attracts attention, there’s also a huge waffle making machine in full operation in the front window. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite I don’t know what will.
The waffles are displayed almost like pieces of art in a glass box in the window. It’s a clever all white fit out by Hecker-Guthrie which gives the space a modern Scandinavian feel. I opted for a waffle dipped in chocolate ($3.30) but there are also “premium” options like the waffle with blueberries in. The waffles are soft inside but burnished and slightly crisp on the edges giving some textural contrast. I developed a bit of an addiction to waffles when I lived in Belgium (the home of the waffle) a few years ago and I can say the Waffee waffles are definitely up there.
The coffee is more than an after thought here – made in a gleaming white La Marzocca machine and using Supreme beans. My latté was smooth although a little on the weak side. I’m excited that Waffee is in town – it’s a welcome sugar hit alternative to the many cupcake stores in the city and perfect for Melbourne’s current Wintery weather.
Detail: Waffee, Shop 1, 77 Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD (Ph 03 9041 4594). Also in the Emporium and in Altona.
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve.