Vacation Cafe in the city’s downtown district.
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Melbourne has always had a heated love affair with coffee, and the arrival of Vacation Café in the city’s downtown district, a block east from the stately pile of the Flinders Street Railway Station, will do little to dampen the mood for a good cup of java. 

Local design studio Therefore gutted the former Mama Wong’s Chinese restaurant to create a stripped back austere space, the arched doorways and hard plastered walls adding an unexpected monastic vibe. White floor tiles with random pastel-coloured triangle corners and elongated steel joinery finished in pink and blue provide the high ceilinged volume with an intimate scale, while slender Mattiazzi chairs and angular Muller van Severen wall lamps add depth. 

The café’s location, meanwhile, makes it a convenient pit-stop for coffee on the way to the nearby Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens, though regulars stop by for a bag of fresh beans, and a side order of wagyu pastrami sandwich spiked with zucchini pickle and mayonnaise to go. 

A vacation rest space in Australia.

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A beautiful area of cafe.

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A elegant dining area.

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A modern part of vacation home.

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.