I can’t think of a better match for this freezing weather than a fresh waffle in one hand and a coffee (or hot chocolate in my case) in the other.
Waffee Waffles + Coffee is my new waffle destination in the CBD, with their original Altona shop expanding to a prominent Swanston St storefront and soon another store in Emporium.
Waffee in Swanston Street is a small cafe that you can smell before you see it. Nothing beats the aroma of baking dough on a cold day!
In a smart move their waffle-making operations are on display in the window so you can admire the quick flip-flip of the Belgian imported waffle machines as they turn out perfect, golden, Belgian style waffles straight onto the tantalising rack.
Inside the cool Scandi-chic Hecker Guthrie designed interior there are only a few tables and stools so it’s not a place for lingering. Make your waffle choice from the counter – original, chocolate glazed, cinnamon, chocolate stick, blueberry and white chocolate – then wait for a steaming parcel of sweetness to arrive.
As a true waffle-ite I’m a purist – no chocolate, strawberries or cream allowed! Waffee’s original waffle ($2.80) is thick and fluffy with a crunchy golden crust thanks to the crystallised pearl sugar – typical of Liege style Belgian waffles.
In the interests of research I did back to back waffle tastings with longstanding waffle vendor Waffle On (Degraves St) and the Waffle On ones are a little bit softer and more buttery in flavour. I don’t think one is necessarily better than the other, more of a personal preference. In my experience in Belgium the waffles will differ from town to town, even street to street.
Team your Waffee waffle with a coffee from Coffee Supreme or a silky Belgian hot chocolate for a delicious wintery treat.