Small Axe Deli
1/625 Sydney Rd., Brunswick
Small Axe Deli is easily our favorite spot in all of Melbourne for a coffee and a bite. You cannot help but feel a thrill walking through the doors into the tiny, monochrome-tiled space packed floor-to-ceiling with Italian pantry items, Sicilian olive oil, and, at Christmas, towering panettone boxes. The whole place buzzes with energy, and the food—porchetta panini, saucy meatballs, salumi, and cheeses—is comfort on a plate. Stop in for a midafternoon espresso or a thimble of limoncello and leave with a bag overflowing with syrupy balsamic vinegar, preserved artichokes, and bottles of Sicilian olive oil you couldn’t bear to leave behind. Images courtesy of Tim Grey.