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Malaysians Making It In Melbourne: The Krimper Café – The Epitome Of Location, Location, Location

Malaysians Making It In Melbourne: The Krimper Café – The Epitome Of Location, Location, Location

Malaysian-born, Melbourne-based architect Mun Soon’s café is named after revered furniture maker Schulim Krimper.

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Encompassing mountains, national parks, wineries, and surfing beaches, there’s never been a better time to visit Victoria. Melbourne, the state capital, is also famed for its warren of 19th-century ‘laneways’ and its central arts precinct.

There, Krimper café was established in an over 100-year-old converted warehouse that has lived many lives. It was a sawmill, a cabinet-making factory and at one point even posed as the Guildford Lane Gallery, a contemporary exhibition and performance space.

The brainchild of Malaysian-born and renowned Melbourne-based architect Mun Soon, the concept behind the Krimper café was to allow the history of the building to define its character and tell its own story.

Mun Soon is no stranger to Melbourne’s rich architectural and coffee history having lived in the city for 38 years. The history of the place envelops the cafe. This is achieved through the use of minimal lighting and water-blasted brick walls, paired with Japanese-treated ply that gives the space a warm and welcoming feel.

The large industrial space also boasts a rich history with reclaimed materials such as recycled lift doors, old timer pieces from the original site, and even a 100-year-old lift car and mechanical wheels repurposed to make up the tabletops and a booth.

Giving credence to this history, the café is named after revered furniture maker Schulim Krimper, who never occupied the space but whose work is admired deeply by Mun Soon. So much so that one of Schulim’s original sideboards sits on display within the café.

Krimper boasts a sophisticated menu inspired by the best of French & American-style cooking with coffee being served Melbourne-style courtesy of Proud Mary. 

Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast or lunch, or just enjoying a cup of coffee with friends, Krimper is sure to captivate your senses and leave you wanting more.

Overall the cleverly “unfinished”, rough and rustic detailing creates an early-industrial-era warehouse café, unique in character, human in its sensibility, and a place that respects the perfection that is inherent within imperfection.

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Find Krimper Cafe at 20 Guildford Lane, Melbourne 3000. It’s open from 7.30am – 5.00pm from Monday to Friday, and from 8am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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