Small Graces is a bright and cosy Footscray cafe by chef/owner and Footscray local Diego and his partner Bec.

Small Graces‘s menu focuses on seasonal and wholesome food, with a few Colombian flourishes harking to Diego’s heritage. Diego uses ingredients that are ethically sourced with minimal processing. Vegetables feature heavily and dishes can be adjusted for vegan diets or food allergies.

Minimal sugar is used to sweeten dishes. Case in point is the sweet potato waffles ($16) which are accompanied by naturally sweet caramelised banana and not syrup. If you’re concerned the sweet potato flavour is not evident at all – instead the root vegetable gives a solidity and crispness to the waffles. I love the addition of black sesame ice cream too (my favourite ice cream flavour).

Another sweet option from the all day menu is the porridge made with quinoa, tapioca, coconut milk, puffed wild rice, rhubarb and mint ($14). It’s warming and filling, like a hug for your insides, and very pretty to boot.

I’m told by the friendly staff that next time that I should try the house made nut and seed granola. 

The glass cabinet contains daily salads and fresh sandwiches that you can take away. They can also provide catering. 

The bread is by Seddon’s Sourdough Kitchen, eggs come from happy Burd Eggs and coffee is by Kensington’s . Not being a coffee drinker I recommend the Raja chai latte made from real brewed tea and spices ($4.50) and served in custom-made cups by Lisa of Asaka Ceramics. 

And remember if you BYO cup you’ll get a 50c discount on your take away coffee.

Small Graces is a welcome addition to Footscray CBD, which is filled to the brim with restaurants but not very many good quality cafes. 

For other Footscray CBD cafes try Rudimentary.

Small Graces, 57 Byron St, Footscray
M-F 7am–4pm
Saturday 7.30am-4pm
Sunday 8am-4pm