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Inside the Melbourne Cafe that’s filled with Taxidermy Treasures

Daseti Cafe in Melbourne - Taxidermy Wall

Sometimes the best discoveries happen completely by accident.

That was certainly the case when I came across Daseti Coffee Bar in Thornbury last week. It was my first weekend in Melbourne, I’d just completed a 10-hour drive down from Sydney the day before and needless to say, I needed a coffee. Well, about 45 coffees.

I was driving back from a friends place in Preston Sunday morning and Daseti caught my eye. It wasn’t until I walked through the door, though, that I realised all of my interior styling Christmases had come at once. This place was decked out with some of the most interesting stuff I’d seen in a while. So naturally, the camera came out!

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As you can see from the photos here, Daesti is like no other. It’s also more than a cafe. It’s a place where you can buy taxidermy, grab a coffee and get your hair cut (there’s a salon attached to the cafe and it too has some pretty killer decor), making it a triple threat you definitely need to take a look at. It’s a great place to get some styling ideas for your home, actually.

What I love about this venue is that it’s not spooky. I’ve done store tours on the blog in the past where taxidermy went in a bit of a dark direction (the giant animal heads at Seasonal Concepts were like this), but this cafe is more curious than it is creepy. And the ham, cheese and tomato toasty wasn’t half bad either.

It was a bit of a chilly morning when I was there, but I still checked out the soon-to-be-bustling back courtyard, which I suspect will be amazing to enjoy brunch in over the coming months. It’s part industrial but with a little nod to a Balinese Zen aesthetic. There were also some gorgeous plants outside that I wanted to bring home with me to decorate my rooftop with.

>>> Check out Daseti on Facebook here, or visit them at 304/306 St Georges Rd, Thornbury.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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