Hoppers Crossing isn’t on most Melbourne itineraries: it’s a far-flung western suburb, almost at the end of the Werribee train line.
The train trip is worth making for close-up views of Melbourne’s western rail yards, oil refinery infrastructure, a quick glimpse of the mid-20th century military architecture at RAAF Williams, and the chance to race the Geelong-bound freeway traffic on a suburban train – and win.
Also making the trip worthwhile is Corinthians, a cafe nestled on a corner beside a strip of Indian grocers, tattoo parlours and beauty salons.
The name comes from the New Testament: The first epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians, in particular chapter 13 – the love letter chapter, the chapter that gave us the stuff about putting aside childish things and seeing through a glass, darkly.
Verses from the chapter are painted on a wall inside, along with a large map of the world showing the countries where the cafe’s 5 Senses coffee originates. There are hanging Edison bulbs, dark timber, a big communal table, and a buzzing, neighbourly vibe.
5 Senses batch brews
Coffee comes as espresso brews of the 5 Senses Crompton Road blend and regular single origins, and also as filter from a Marco batch brewer, while the menu is full of cafe brunch favourites with some neat twists – spiced pumpkin donuts with apple compote, coco-pops of puffed rice dusted with dark drinking chocolate – as well as more down-to-earth combinations of eggs, sourdough toast, kaiserfleisch and more.
Where 37 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing, phone (03) 8742 4009 When Mon–Fri 7am–3pm, Sat–Sun 8am–3pm