I was genuinely surprised to discover that Tin Roof Ballarat was established in 2016, because as I sat down and surveyed this beautiful café on the corner of Lydiard and Macarthur Streets in Ballarat’s Soldiers Hill, I had convinced myself that it had newly opened. This delightful haven shines like a showroom Tesla.
Inside it’s a classic black and white combo, shot through with greenery and local artworks for vibrancy and eye appeal. Seating is café classic; awaiting your attention is an enticing cake display and gleaming coffee machine and the broad smile of your barista. Outside, there’s plenty of extra seating protected from the weather by transparent shades and warmed from above by gas heating.
Move to the menu and you’ll discover an eclectic collection of all-day-brekkie staples, plus pizzas, gyros, Asian bangers and toasties. And the coffee. Aaah the coffee. You have to give it a go.
Tin Roof Ballarat is in Soldiers Hill, and that’s not as remote as you may think. You could walk to Tin Roof from Ballarat station in five minutes, and wear off a delicious brunch by a stroll along Macarthur Street to the lake afterwards. Open til 3pm daily, Tin Roof Ballarat comes highly recommended.