5 Lire (North Melbourne) 8/10

How’s it going café lovers?


Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! After seeing a photo of 5 Lire’s Nutella Pancakes, I knew I had to go and try them. To be honest, 5 Lire was one of the first cafés I put on my ‘must try’ list and I’ve been waiting to find the right time to go.

I asked my friend Beth if she would like to come and, after showing her some of 5 Lire’s Instagram photos, she was more than happy to tag along.

5 Lire was quite a drive from my side of town, but we both felt that the drive was worth it. We found that parking can be quite challenging, as most of the parking along the street in front of the café was taken. We managed to find some parking in the street behind 5 Lire, so be sure to have a look there.

5 Lire is quite a small café; they only have a handful of tables, so I would recommend getting there before 10 am, especially on the weekend to avoid having to wait for a table.




I thought that 5 Lire had a fantastic menu. They had a great selection of both savoury and sweet dishes to choose from. I loved that they had more than two sweet options, as most cafés in Melbourne only seem to have. I also thought separating the sweet and savoury dishes on the menu made it a lot easier to find what you wanted.

The menu photos were taken in October 2016 and therefore might have changed.

5 Lire Menu (October 2016)
5 Lire Drinks Menu (October 2016)

I ordered a cappuccino and I thought that the overall taste was fantastic. It had a strong coffee taste and a rich and creamy consistency. It arrived at the table within 5 minutes of ordering and was a perfect temperature. I would definitely order another coffee from 5 Lire.

Coffee rating: 5/5   5 out of 5

Coffee ($3.80)

Beth ordered a chai latte, which she thought was quite tasty. It wasn’t anything special, but it was better than others that she has had in the past. She said that there was a good amount of froth and the drink itself was smooth and silky.

Chai rating: 4/5   4 out of 5

Chai ($5)

Beth ordered the Espresso Martini, which was cacao and avocado mousse topped with coyo and a crunchy coco pop coconut granola.

This was a very unquie dish that we’d never seen before and Beth was excited to try something different. She said that she enjoyed the rich mousse and it was a great take on the classic chocolate mousse. She said that the mousse had a smooth consistency and that every mouthful went down like silk.

Beth personally found that the coconut granola was a little over powering and it took over the delicious flavours that the other elements added to the dish.

She thought that the coyo was a great and that it added an interesting flavour to the dish. She just wished that there had been more of it.

Espresso Martini – cacao and avocado mousse topped with coyo and a crunchy coco pop coconut granola ($15.50)

I ordered the Ricotta Hotcakes, which were buttermilk hotcakes topped with Nutella inspired Semifreddo, Pariya Persian chocolate fairy floss and scattered with the wild chocolate cacao and orange crumble.

First of all the name is a little confusing, as they are called ricotta hotcakes but they are made with buttermilk. Usually they are made with either buttermilk or ricotta, so 5 Lire should properly clear that up and state what they are actually made of.

The pancakes were cooked perfectly, as they had a slight crunch on the outside but were soft and fluffy on the inside. I loved that there was a generous serving of the Nutella on each pancake, as most cafés only put the sauce on the top pancake and the rest end up dry. There was definitely enough Nutella to go round, and you never felt as if you might run out.

The Semifreddo was sensational and had to be one of the best Semifreddo’s I’ve ever tasted. I’m sure they could box it up and sell it and make an absolute killing. I also thought that the addition of the Pariya Persian chocolate fairy floss was fantastic! It had a great flavour that wasn’t overpowering. I loved the texture of the fairy floss, as it was soft and didn’t have that gritty feel that other fairy flosses have.

Overall this dish was FABULOUS! If you are a Nutella fan, then this dish was made for you. Your taste buds will think that they have died and gone to Heaven. This dish is not for the faint hearted, and if you aren’t a fan of sweet or rich foods then I would suggest you pick something else. It is incredibly rich and I struggled to finish it, but I definitely would order this dish again.

Ricotta hotcakes- buttermilk hotcakes topped with Nutella inspired Semifreddo, Pariya Persian chocolate fairy floss and scattered with the wild chocolate cacao and orange crumble ($17.50)



As I said at the start, 5 Lire is a very small café with only a few tables inside and a handful of tables outside. I can imagine this café would be very popular on Saturday and Sunday mornings with all the locals, so I would recommend getting there before 10am to avoid having to wait for a table. Both Beth and I felt that the environment in 5 Lire was very relaxed. We didn’t feel rushed, but that might be different during their busy periods.

The staff members at 5 Lire are all very friendly and made us feel very welcome. We liked that they had a window looking into the kitchen, as we could see how much time and effort went into plating each dish. The only thing I didn’t like about this café was their lighting. I felt that it was a bit dark inside, especially right at the back where we ended up sitting.



Address: 116 Errol St, North Melbourne, Melbourne, (Vic)

Map: here

Phone: (03) 9329 2249

Facebook: here

Website: here

Operating Hours: 

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Friday  –7:00 am- 4:00 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Norma loves Joe info 


5 Lire Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Have you visited 5 Lire café 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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