Madame Sousou is the Fitzroy equivalent of a classic French bistro, and plays the part very well – dimly lit and decorated in an eclectic antique style, the cozy atmosphere was well-suited for a nice Friday night dinner.
When it comes to Melbourne cafes, a good rule of thumb to keep in mind is: the harder it is to find, the better the food. This is certainly true of Chez Dré, one of my all-time favourite spots to pop in to for a relaxed Sunday brunch. Housed in a spacious converted warehouse just minutes away from the South Melbourne Markets, the entrance is actually found down a cobbled alleyway off Coventry Street. The modern French-style menu showcases a range of simple but high-quality ingredients, and the display counter also boasts a wide selection of beautiful breads and viennoiseries, all baked in-house. The weekly specials and seasonal menu changes allow for variety and choice, as well as encourage return visits. Perhaps this, along with their no booking policy on weekends, is why there is always a big bustling crowd of hopeful diners awaiting their turn to eat at this ever-popular café.