In 2015 the fifteenth store on Mornington’s Main Street was transformed into the busy, health focused café now appropriately named, Store Fifteen. The minimal storefront is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, tucked away at the beach-end of the street; locals know exactly what to expect, and the place is always packed.
Store Fifteen is as good (for you) as it gets. It’s a favourite among early risers, opening from 6.30am and caffeinating hungry customers every day but Monday.
Step inside and a quick look at the menu is enough to make any health conscious bruncher weak at the knees. The team have worked to create a delicious, seasonal menu; never leaving out the crowd favourites like the fruity peanut or mushroom toast. New additions like quinoa porridge (surprisingly delicious!) and the crumpet stack mean there’s always something new to try.
Almost everything is made fresh and in-house – even the almond milk – and as much as possible, is locally sourced. A Store Fifteen classic is the pressed juices. They're made in big batches and sell out most days, no matter the weather – we recommend the ‘yellow’ or ‘red’ juice. Because of the limited seating inside, the menu is designed to be enjoyed easily as take away; the space is buzzing with people from open till close most days, even in winter.
The venue definitely doesn’t discriminate, seeing everyone from businessmen to dog walkers to lazy-day tourists daily trying the crowd-pleasing menu. Unsurprisingly, the avocado toast is the most ordered dish, although the new addition of the Dal is enjoyed most by the staff.
There are three main things that set Store Fifteen apart from their local competition. “We try our best to be accessible, sustainable and health focused”, we were told. They’ve reduced their use of plastic, encourage people to reuse their jars and cater to all kinds of dietary needs. Owner Sian Lee and the team have nailed the demographic and positioned the cafe in the health and lifestyle space since the beginning, introducing superfoods and getting on the sustainability bandwagon.
Store Fifteen is self assured; they know what to offer and they do it well. Whatever they find themselves in next, we’ll keep heading down to number fifteen main street.