Cafe Bagatelles

Open until 6pm

2.01002 reviews


687 Rathdowne Street, Carlton, Victoria


(03) 9349 3422

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8:00AM - 6:00PM
8:00AM - 6:00PM
8:00AM - 6:00PM
8:00AM - 6:00PM
8:00AM - 6:00PM
8:00AM - 6:00PM
8:00AM - 6:00PM


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6 reviews · 12 years ago

Bagatelles, to be frank, is pretty terrible. Many moons ago it was better than bearable but it has since slid into lazy ignominy, no doubt relying on passing trade to keep going. As the previous reviewer said, the staff are slow and self-obsessed and if you're really lucky you'll get to hear the proprietor berating his staff for making a rubbish coffee then go ahead and make a worse one himself. The coffee is awful, the food a spectacular endorsement for for every other cafe on the strip, including the almost-as-risible Rathdowne Street Food Store. The atmosphere is tense inside and crowded and rickety out. Avoid.

24 reviews · 2 followers · 12 years ago

Highly unrecommended. On recommendation from a friend I stopped in at Cafe Bagatelles on Rathdowne Street to drink coffee, eat breakfast and do some writing. Upon walking in I was ignored by the staff and although the cafe was not even half full, finding a seat was difficult as the tables and chairs were so tightly jammed together. There was terrible elevator music playing and there wasn't enough air flowing resulting in a very stuffy vibe. I managed to order coffee from a too-cool-for-school waiter with ridiculous facial hair and before long was brought a terrible excuse for a cafe latte. The coffee was burnt, as was the milk. I tried to push through using copious amounts of sugar to mask the nastiness but in the end gave up. The food was overly greasy and over priced and so I left feeling queasy, still needing coffee and having done no writing. You might have a better experience than me but given all the other options in that part of town I wouldn't be risking it.

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