Wide Open Road, Brunswick

Wide Open Road

Wide Open Road – one of Melbourne’s coolest coffeehouses. Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

The coffee, food and vibe bases are covered at this classic inner-north coffeehouse. The bones of a 1950s industrial building provide a clean, open space that has had a minimal but stylish fit-out with a lot of subtle use of timber, especially in the curved ceiling. Subtle natural light enters through old metal windows and there’s plenty of feeling in the worn timber tables.

The roastery out the back works through a range of seasonal single origins and blends. A batch brew of Honduras El Ocotillo is extremely clean; tasting notes of milk chocolate and raisin show up in the cup as sweet chocolatey flavours and a muted, jammy acidity that does just enough to make this coffee sparkle.

Wide Open Road’s classic Bathysphere blend now has a couple of regular partners. Berimbolo is the black coffee blend, and in a short black it’s sweet and juicy with complex fruit flavours, a nice mouthfeel, some lemonade tang and a savoury finish. It’s rich and rounded and a little grungy in a good way.

Wide Open Road

The Bathysphere blend is lovely in milk. Photo: the Coffee Cities Project

Shady Lane is the blend for milk coffee. In a magic it has plenty of bitter dark chocolate flavour, a hint of sweet Cherry Ripe fruit and a cacao-bitter finish to balance the sweetness of the milk.

The food menu is full of Melbourne cafe classic tastes, from the brioche French toast with caramel and lime bananas to the famous fish finger sandwich with smashed peas and pickled cucumber.

Wide Open Road is a madhouse on the weekend and usually humming during the week: you’ll find Brunswick girls in Ray-Bans playing backgammon alongside the beanie’d, the bearded and the trucker-capped, with a soundtrack as alt-rock as the name would suggest. One of Melbourne’s coolest coffeehouses.

Wide Open Road

Where 274 Barkly Street, Brunswick East
When Mon–Fri 7am–4pm (kitchen closes at 3pm), Sat 7am–5pm (kitchen closes at 4pm), Sun 8am–5pm (kitchen closes at 4pm)
Food ★★★★☆
Coffee ★★★★★

1 comment

  1. Wide Open Road is good, but the Coffee at Foxtrot Charlie (they roast their own as well) is one of the best in Brunswick… & one for the serious connoisseur! Check them out if you haven’t already. My favourite local!

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