Lucky Penny (South Yarra) 7.5/10

What’s cracking fellow café lovers?!

Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! Lucky Penny sits on one of Melbourne’s most well known roads Chapel Street. IMG_0523This fantastic café is opposite the famous Jam Factory and Top Shop, so it is very easy to find. At this café they believe that breakfast can be healthy, hearty or both as they ensure that they only use fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

Lucky Penny definitely pays tribute to  vintage modernism with a strong and rustic Scandinavian vibe, as the whole café is covered in a  light coloured wood and white brick walls.

I met up with my good friend Alex, as I hadn’t seen her in a while. We had been to this café in the past and wanted to give it another go to see if it was as great as the first time. Luckily for us it was just as great as we remembered. The last time we went was a few weeks after they opened, back in 2014. So we were so happy that they were just as good and that they haven’t caved into typical Melbourne café feel and service.

It was great to catch up with Alex and with the relaxed feel at this café we felt comfortable to just sit back and chat all things Real Housewives of Melbourne and the good old days back at University.


They have a fabulous menu, with a great selection of both sweet and savoury dishes that are either healthy, hearty and in some cases both. But I was having one of those days and I completely forgot to take a photo of the menu for you guys, so please forgive me and take my word that they have a great number of meals to choose from.

I ordered a latte, just as I usually would. It was a great coffee; it had an incredible aroma and a rich taste. Lucky Penny use the well known 5 Senses coffee seasonal blend, which is one of the most popular blends. I would have given the coffee a higher score but it wasn’t overly hot when it arrived at the table. I’ve worked in hospitality before and I know that milk can only be heated to a certain degree, but this was certainly colder than it should have been.

Coffee rating: 3/5    3 out of 5

Latte ($3.80)

As it was quite late in the afternoon when we met up, I wanted something to eat which was light and easy. I decided to order the smashed avocado, which was served with chilli oil, sour cream, with a rocket and mint salad and two poached eggs. The avo was delicious, very fresh and seasoned to perfection. I wasn’t a huge fan of the chilli oil, as I found that it was a little to hot for me (even though I love hot food) and I found that it over powered the taste of the avo. I also found that the sour cream was a strange addition to this meal and thought that it didn’t really go. I also thought that the rocket was a bit bitter and took away from the delectable taste of the avo.

Smashed avocado with chilli oil, sour cream, rocket and mint salad and two poached eggs ($17.50)

As Alex wasn’t overly hungry, so she ordered two poached eggs on gluten free toast. She said that the toast was very tasty, which was great, as gluten free bread can sometimes taste like cardboard. The eggs were cooked perfectly and together with the crunchy toast was a great late afternoon meal.

Two Poached eggs on gluten free toast


I couldn’t believe how much space there was in Lucky Penny. From the outside it looks like a very small café, but once we went inside we could see all the space they had. There are a few tables out the front of the café, which over looks Chapel Street. This is a great spot to sit in those warmer months; I’ve sat outside before and loved it! It’s a great opportunity to sit back and relax and people watch, as Chapel Street is always busy and it always has the most interesting people.

The also have very friendly employees that greet every customer with a warm smile and a hearty hello.

Lucky Penny has this Scandinavian vibe with the fresh white-bricked walls and warmed pale wood furnishings. Every piece of furniture in this café was perfectly planned out and the designer deserves a gold star. The great thing about this café is that they have a separate area upstairs for functions. What’s better than having the ability to come to this fantastic café for your next function? With the ability to have your next birthday party, private afternoon tea or brunch for you and a group of your friends and the ability to customize your own special event. (Click here for more information)


Address: 481 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Melbourne, (Vic)

Phone: (03) 9827 5789

Operating Hours: 

Monday –Friday  –8:00 am- 4:00 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm



Map: here 

Lucky Penny 2

CAFÉ RATING = 7.5/10 

Have you visited Lucky Penny before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?

Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.

Until next time,

Happy eating





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