Welcome home- Urban Projuice is literally one of the prettiest café’s you will find in Melbourne. A Victorian-townhouse-turned-café, the crisp, white exterior house’s one of Melbourne’s most impressive wholefood menus. Located on Monatague St in Albert Park, these guys seriously care about health and wellbeing, with their produce being fresh, seasonal, fair-trade and mostly organic. They're also eco-conscious, using only produce and products that are sustainable.
Boasting not only indoor dining, UP also has a courtyard, front yard, sidewalk dining and an upstairs eating area. Dog-friendly outdoor areas are a massive draw card (which anyone who lives in Albert Park will understand) and despite always appearing flat out, the table wait is never long.
Menu highlights, you ask? Try the Superfood Breakfast Salad (gluten free/dairy free); two poached eggs (which can be replaced for vegans) on seasonal greens with mushrooms, avocado mash and a sprinkle of super seeds. Another favourite is the gluten free/dairy free/vegan pancakes, which are constantly changing flavours but are currently chai apple with poached rhubarb and coconut sorbet. The Smashed Avo on Raw Sprouted Bread (when Melbourne and hipster health food combine) is also an absolute winner, sprinkled with a special super-food seed mix.
Walking past the cake cabinet without stopping and drooling is almost impossible. If you've got second stomach reserved for anything containing chocolate, the Raw Snickers Bar is a must-try- the likeness to an actual Snickers is uncanny. Try the Sweet Raw Sprouted Bread, which is topped with almond butter, banana, strawberries and toasted nuts. Raw chocolates, cheesecakes and slices vary from day to day, giving diners something new to try every time they visit.
UP’s house made almond mylk is the best accompaniment to any warm beverage. The café offers matcha, turmeric and chai lattes, as well as a variety of herbal teas and RedStar organic fairtrade coffee. An impressive menu of smoothies and juices also offers juice shots (turmeric/ginger shot, anyone?) and kombucha. And if you’re up for it, there’s even organic wine on the menu. Who said healthy eating wasn’t fun?