This bustling, chic and groovy Italian cafe started life as a record shop more than 20 years ago. Today, this heritage is the wall of mostly jazz and blues CDs for sale to the throng of customers. There are wide windows looking out onto the main street and a warm wooden interior where everyone sits around small tables and feasts on the excellent meals from the surprisingly extensive menu. Try eggs Benedict or parmesan omelette for breakfast, smoked local Tuki trout or crab and avocado salad for lunch, or risotto made using authentic Ferron rice or a hearty Tuscan-style steak for dinner. L’espresso’s exceptional regional cafe food, buzzing atmosphere and Italian open-hearted style has ensured success.
417 Sturt St; (03) 5333 1789; open Sun–Thurs for breakfast and lunch, and Fri–Sat for breakfast, lunch and dinner