Jungle Juice

I’m all set to explore lots of new places in Melbourne this year but I am also looking forward to visiting some old favourites.  One of these is Jungle Juice, a tiny cafe in Hardware Lane which I have been going to for years.  I had barely been back in Melbourne a week and I found my way like some kind of homing pigeon to what must be one of Melbourne’s smallest cafes and kitchens.

Crates serve as outdoor seating at Jungle Juice
It was great to see that pretty much nothing had changed.  You can still basically touch both walls of the cafe while standing in the middle of it, there was still the Little Golden Books covered menus and the same things to order, bagels or my personal favourite the Jungle Juice Club Sandwich ($11).  The club sandwich is a towering creation with chicken breast, bacon, lettuce and tomato wedged between slices of toasted bread.  It puts the club sandwiches at most hotels to shame and gives a nice holiday feeling to any lunch time.

Little Golden Book covered menus

The bagels were also just as good as I remembered with the classic flavour combination of a BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) ($10.50) hard to go past with its crusty bronzed bagel shell and dense breaded interior packed with the good stuff.  

BLAT bagel

On the drinks front, Jungle Juice does excellent freshly squeezed juices, granitas and homemade lemonade which sadly errs on the side of being a little too bitter.  They also have a La Marzocco coffee machine so you know the coffee is top notch.

Homemade lemonade

It’s good to be back Jungle Juice, I missed you.  


Details: 20 Centre Place, CBD, Melbourne Vic 3000, Australia, (Ph +61 3 9639 8779) Mon-Fri 7am-5:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am-5pm.
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve.

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  1. Initially, I thought Jungle juice was some kinda concoction…..then to realise that it’s a name. LOL!! That burger looks good.

  2. Nothing better than going home and finding somewhere you love still has it.

  3. Oh my.. I must walk pass that place nearly everyday and I miss it! Thanks for that! We should meet up and investigate hidden cafes one day!

  4. Kay – It does sound like a good cocktail!

    Tori – Agreed.

    Ms IHua – Sounds like a plan.

  5. Very jealous of all your Melbourne posts now you’re back home – absolutely love the city and all the little coffee places in the lanes.

  6. Katy – Yes it is the hidden stuff that is often the best in Melbourne.

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