Thanks to a unique inner-north location, nestled in the middle of a residential strip on Lygon Street, Naughty Boy cafe has quickly established itself as one of the locals. Serving up Allpress coffee, colourful brunch and mouth-watering InstaShakes, it’s the perfect spot to indulge in Melbourne’s amazing cafe culture.
Head Barista, Brodie Roberts, has always had a passion for great coffee. Honing her hospitality skills at some of the Hunter Valley’s top cellar doors, Brodie soon moved to Melbourne to join the forefront of Australian cafe culture. Catch her behind the La Marzocco machine and she’ll whip you up an impeccable espresso, milk-based coffee, cold brew or AeroPress, with some pretty impressive latte art to boot.
Collingwood-based roaster, Allpress Espresso, is the supplier of choice, selected for its boutique blends and dedication to consistent quality. Allpress turns top-grade Arabica beans into caffeinated gold thanks to its unique hot air-roasting technology, an experimental method that resonates well with Naughty Boy cafe.
The house blend of choice is the Allpress Supremo, a popular number combining beans from Brazil, Colombia and Papua New Guinea. It’s a bold yet delicate blend with sweet berry notes and a chocolate finish. Naughty Boy also offers single origin coffee from all over the world, which rotate weekly, according to seasonal availability.
Naughty Boy’s food menu is a diverse span of healthy and indulgent meals, offering something for both the sweet and savoury inclined. Health nuts can enjoy an acai bowl topped with fresh fruit and house-made granola; or tuck into a colourful poke bowl, packed with Ora king salmon, brown rice and cucumber kimchi. For something on the naughty side, don’t miss the American-style burgers with Naughty Boy’s special sauce and beer-battered chips. There’s also a seasonal French toast, hotcakes, and house-made treats for those with a sweet tooth.
Designed exclusively for Naughty Boy by its in-house pastry chefs, the famous InstaShake milkshake creations have to be seen to be believed. They’re served in a mega mason jar (with a handle for easy grip), filled with a gloriously sweet, milky concoction, topped with an assortment of crumb, cookie, slice or other baked treats. Flavours change seasonally, but you can expect the likes of salted caramel, Nutella, or Kinder Surprise.
Housed in a quaint, Victorian-style corner building, Naughty Boy is all business on the outside, and party on the inside. The space is bright and welcoming, featuring industrial exposed brick walls and wooden furniture, allowing bright plates of brunch and colourful drinks to shine. Industrial-inspired lighting and a bold Naughty Boy mural, created by street artist Michael Fikaris, take centre stage.
Although the food may be naughty, the team’s social conscience is anything but: the cafe has long supported Streetsmart for action against homelessness, sponsored events at Melbourne University, Monash University and Queens College, and often provides support and gift vouchers for local community events.
Breathing life and fun into the sleepy end of Lygon Street, Naughty Boy cafe is not to be missed for great coffee and brunch, whether you’re feeling naughty or nice.