Skinny Legs Cafe


It is a long time since I have been to Aireys Inlet – probably close to 30 years – and so, today was an opportunity to do something a little bit “beachy”. I found two adjacent cafes and chose one at random and stood waiting to be served for over five minutes while the person behind the counter faffed around. Given a complete lack of interest in me as a customer, I walked out and went next door to Skinny Legs Cafe. It reminded me of the sort of places that you see in just about every surf or seaside-based film or soap opera, selling a broad array of food that is more likely to please the passing suffer crowd than someone looking for a quality gourmet meal.

My coffee was brought to me in a timely fashion (I wonder whether I would have beens served next door yet?) in a cup that whilst not a genuine tulip cup, in a cup that many of the hallmarks of the tulip including a relatively small surface area and an appropriate capacity. The coffee came with a crema that was not the best crema I have ever seen but certainly covering the top of the coffee completely. The temperature seemed to me to be just about perfect.

The flavour was there or thereabouts – certainly not the kind of coffee experience that would make me rush back purely for another cup, but certainly good enough to accompany a meal, should I ever be passing through the township again in the near future.

Three and a half stars seems to be the ideal rating for this – not fantastic but certainly acceptable. I can’t give you a rating for the cafe next door – I suspect that I might have still been waiting.


Address: 87 Great Ocean Road
Suburb: Aireys Inlet 3231
Web Site:
Telephone: 03 5289 6006
Open: Seven days per week
Price: $3.90
Coffee Suppliers: Lavazza
Headline: My first trip back to Aireys Inlet for years and so I went for something a little “beachy”. Coffee was certainly OK, although could be improved. Not surprisingly, the menu looks like it might cater primarily for surfies!
Coffee Rating: Three and a half stars