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Grounding your own coffee

Nick Giannopolous's Melbourne

Thursday, September 25, 2003
Australia's favourite wog-boy shows us his favourite coffee haunts in Melbourne.

There's no doubt Melbourne prides itself on having a great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. Those who live there know exactly where to find them, but for visitors, it can be a little tricky. What better way to get the necessary information than from someone who was born in Melbourne and knows exactly where to go?

In fact Nick Giannopoulos was born in Fitzroy. That's exactly where you'll find Brunswick Street, which is a blend of chic and bohemian style and home to Mario's, a favourite of Nick's for morning coffee.

Mario's Nick is one of Melbourne's best baristas and can really make his coffee beans sing. There is an intriguing board full of pictures of artists and actors who visit Mario's.

Pireaus Blues, also on Brunswick Street, has been voted Melbourne's best Greek restaurant for the last two years by The Age Food Guide, the local foodies' bible. Apart from the delicious Greek delicacies, their coffee is strong and sweet, just the way they enjoy it back home.

A short journey to Bourke Street takes you to Pellegrinis, Melbourne's first espresso house. Diners can sip their wine while watching Mama Sisto preparing fresh pasta. When it opened in 1954, newly-arrived Europeans were particularly delighted to find food and coffee with some of the oomph they were used to, rather than the comparatively bland Australian food of those days. We've come a long way!

Coffea on Elizabeth Street is a café where you can watch and smell coffee beans being roasted to perfection. Enjoy drinking the coffee of your choice while deciding which beans you want to take home for your own special brew.

When he isn't buzzing around Melbourne drinking coffee, Nick Giannopoulos is busy with his television, stage and film career, which took off with the live theatre comedy hit Wogs Out Of Work, which toured for three years.

Acropolis Now was a huge stage success and led to a sitcom created by and starring Nick. The stage sequels, Wogarama, Wogboys and Wog Story, have all toured nationally, breaking box office records.

The Wannabes marks Nick's debut as a feature film director, opening yet another chapter in his successful career. Find out more about The Wannabes!


Around and about in Melbourne.


Mario's Café
303 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Ph: (03) 9417 3343

Pireaus Blues
310 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
Ph: (03) 9417 0222

66 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph: (03) 9662 1885

Coffea519-521 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph: (03) 9326 7388

Qantas: 13 13 13

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