Opened in January 2013, The Attendant is an underground coffee shop on Foley street, just moments away from Oxford street. There wouldn’t be anything special about it if it wasn’t for the fact that it is a former Victorian men toilet. Originally built around 1890, it was then closed in 1960 and remained unused for over 50 years before it was turned into a coffee shop.
As weird as that might sound, it actually turned out to be a good idea. The place is really tiny with only a few places to sit but there is a good vibe about it. The original urinals, made of porcelain have been kept – don’t worry, owners reassure that the place has undergone a deep cleaning before the opening, now make up a seating line with green seatings that match the original floor tiles from the Victorian times.
Even though the place’s success has mostly to do with its unusual past, The Attendant is also known for serving very good coffee from Caravan roaster. The food menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches and breakfast options. The staff is very friendly and always ready to talk about coffee – and they seem to know a lot about it!
It’s a shame that the place gets easily busy and warm and with the few seating space is not the ideal venue for a relaxing break or for a catch up with friends. However, it doesn’t happen every day to have the chance to have a good coffee in a Victorian toilet so if you are in the neighbourhood, don’t think twice to check it out at least once.