The 10 Best Designed Cafes in the World

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Victoria, Australia

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If it weren't for the hint in the name, you may not guess that this cafe used to be part of a prison.

Located in Coburg, just eight kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, the 475sq/m cafe sits within the stone perimeter walls of the former Pentridge Prison. Before it was closed in 1997, the Australian prison housed notorious criminal and crime novelist: Chopper Read.

Biasol Design Studio added pale timber struts and plywood furniture to the bare concrete space, providing accents with pastel and monochrome paintwork.

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According to Biasol, the considerable contrast between the building's former function and its new one inspired a contrast in terms of colours and materials.

What do we love about it? The eccentricity of sipping a cup of coffee in a former prison, surrounded by a modern and fresh, yet authentic decor.

(Photos: Martina Gemmola)

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