Saint Monday, Yackandandah

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I’m currently in Albury, taking a week off work, sleeping an absolute ton, trying to read for pleasure (a hobby oft neglected when I’m working, as all my brain energy goes on work) and catching up with the parentals.

Mum and I decided to go for a day trip to Yackandandah and Beechworth, just to get out of the house and have a drive in the pretty countryside around the area.

In Yackandandah, we had breakfast at the delightful Saint Monday, a new-ish cafe set in what must have been a very old one — all wood, brick and history.

It is a really wonderful space, with a good ethos underpinning it – the menu features foods from neighbours and local suppliers, the cafe tries to minimise waste (even letting people borrow a keep cup if they forget one for their takeaway coffee) and clearly has a community-minded spirit. There were magazines or papers to read a plenty, and I particularly liked the communal knitting idea (though did not have enough confidence in my skills to have a go!)

The menu was great. I went with the “Magic Beans” – homemade beans on sourdough with a side of delicious local bacon, and mum went for the brunch classic of mushies on toast. They were both great, but the baked beans were really fabulous. There was something in them that made them extra delicious, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

The coffee (and hot chocolate, mum doesn’t do coffee) was also very good.

We really enjoyed our visit and would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a little trip out of Albury, to kick back and relax. Their blog is worth a read as well if you are interested in the thinking going on in cafes that are working to be sustainable.

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