By Jo Rittey


A month shy of their third birthday, and the crew at Touchwood in Richmond have more than proved that, despite the meaning behind their name, superstition or luck has very little to do with running a successful café.


For the hospitality dream team responsible for unleashing Touchwood on the coffee-drinking public, this wasn’t their first rodeo. The group was behind Armadale’s Coin Laundry, Prahran’s Tall Timber, Richmond’s Pillar of Salt and Street Trading Co in Port Melbourne.


Touchwood, however, is it’s own beast. And a massive one at that. It just keeps going back and then back again to a very lovely courtyard. With a capacity of 120, it’s just as well the custom made Synesso Hydra is a workhorse-slash-work of art. Over the last three years it has certainly pulled through its fair share of 5 senses coffee. Nowadays, in keeping with the rainbowmania that has hit Melbourne cafes, you can opt for a healthy pink, golden or green latte if you are giving caffeine a miss.


In terms of food, there’s the full array. Not only is there avocado smash, there are two versions of it; vegetarian or a smoked salmon or bacon with feta. You could go the way of the waffle, which many have done and come back for more; wholemeal waffles with fresh berries, peanut butter mascarpone, maple syrup, almond flakes and strawberry dust. If you feel more inclined to broaden your intercultural understanding, then give the breakfast tacos or nasi goreng a whirl. These have been stalwarts on the menu for a long while.


Lunchier-type food might well be your bag and if this is the case, then hang around until 11.30 am and toss up between some very healthy and delicious sounding salads, prawn tacos and a wagyu burger cooked to perfection.


It’s a good vibe down at Touchwood. Taking time out and breathing deeply seems calming here with all the recycled timber on the floors, counters and tables.  The staff are friendly and things run like a well-oiled machine. Touch wood these guys will be around for a long time yet.




480 Bridge Road, Richmond

Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm

Sat – Sun 7.30am – 4.30pm





Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders. www.conversationwithachef.com

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