I was a bit pessimistic about the cafe scene in the Melbourne CBD but hanging out with some of the younger staff members at work, I am starting to find some real gems.
Pearson & Murphy's at the RMIT campus may not be a precious stone but it allows you to reconnect to the whimsical freedom of University days even if it is only within the 45 minute work lunch break. Although at $9.50 for a chicken baguette, you do see more lecturers than students.
The place feels warehousy with high ceilings, old-world black prints on the walls and decked with cool coffee paraphernalia.
The tuna patty was very good and everyone else thought the bread of their baguette was decent.
This place also caters for corporate functions - now back to the real world.