Situated in the heart of Balaclava, Glass Merchants is definitely not your usual Southside haunt. Converted from an old glass factory and fitted out with brick work, colourful pop art, and my personal favourite – neon signs! – the cafe manages to create a vibe that’s industrial yet warm and welcoming at the same time. Complete with high loft-style ceilings and plenty of natural light, it is certainly an impressive space. Not surprisingly, it can also be hired out for functions or parties!
The menu is packed with old-school classics (think eggs with baked beans, bacon, and chorizo) as well as contemporary necessities (parsnip, haloumi and kale fritters, anyone?) so you can just as easily brunch there with your arm candy as you can with your girl squad – there’s really something for everyone.
I personally went for the ricotta and blueberry hotcakes with cinnamon mascarpone, maple syrup, fresh strawberries and saffron coconut. I can honestly say it was one of the few times I’ve been out for brunch recently and haven’t suffered from food envy! As much as I love the sweeter options, I usually end up feeling sick and sorry for myself after smashing down so much sugar, but these hotcakes were light and delicious without being sickly sweet.
If you’re looking for a cafe with a laid-back vibe that offers a variety of dishes to please a range of palettes – from the brunch lover who wants a gram-worthy dish to the brunch purist who just wants a good old fashioned fry up – then this is the place for you.
Glass Merchants – 280 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
In collaboration with Glass Merchants. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.