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Mixed Business Café, Clifton Hill

Mixed Business Café, Clifton Hill

| On 29, Nov 2014

This hidden away eatery is a true diamond in the rough.

The sweet fragrance of peonies from the flower shop next-door waft through the café, mingling with the delicious aroma of herbs from the kitchen inside. Mixed Business is situated amongst industrial buildings on Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.

The theme at this gorgeous Café is ‘keep it simple’. Décor stays true to the Melbourne trend of rustic woodwork and one colour palette. There are three daily specials and a set menu that includes a regular favourite; the roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad. I am a person who loves variety but every time I am at Mixed Business I cannot go past this salad. The texture is varied—currants provide a sweet mix to the tang of Greek yoghurt. By the end of the bowl I am full to perfection and ready to tackle the day.

I also chose the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, it sounds simple, but it was delicious. The gruyere cheese meant that it didn’t solidify the way that normal cheeses do and the dijon pickle on the side added a pleasant tang to an otherwise homely sandwich.


Staff are attentive and friendly. During my visit I spoke with the manager, Eve, who gave me a brief history of the café. It has been open for seven years and while they are building a steady customer base, it is the regulars who keep the doors open.

The coffee is beautiful. The baristas use a blend of beans from Seven Seeds, out of North Carlton. It is strong without being overwhelming—just the way coffee should be.

While it does not make my stomach sing with happiness, as Grub Food Van did, Mixed Business is guaranteed to satisfy the soul.




What Organic (where possible), locally sourced fresh food. All day breakfast menu included.

When Closed Mondays, Open 7:30am- 5:00 pm Tuesday- Saturday and 8:00am- 5:00pm Sundays

Where 486 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill

Cost $10-$20


Review Overview



A place to go when you are in doubt, guaranteed to impress.