District North

October 21, 2016

District North

(03) 9372 9116


Mon – Fri: 7:30am – 4:00pm

Sat: 7:30am – 4:00pm

Sun: 8:30am – 4:00pm


678/680 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds

This once run down building in Moonee Ponds which was previously Smoken Joe’s has been taken over Andrew D’Aprano who has created District North and taken this area by storm!


D’Aprano grew up on the hospitality scene, working in his family café in Essendon which was one of the first to kick start Melbourne’s breakfast scene 20 years ago!! After this he went onto work for San Pellegrin and has now created this incredible space of his own.


Entering the café, the perforated metal bars with built in glass cabinets, white walls and light timber tables ensure a warm and welcoming feeling. D’Aprano has focused on creating light and open spaces, ideal for young families and casual weekday brunches.


The café is built on D’Aprano’s want to offer something in the area that he was unable to find. With a young family of his own, he wanted to create the space as outlines above – light, open and focused at young families.


The food is a modern Australian focusing on vibrant dishes with a twist! Importantly the dishes are focused on being healthy and ensuring the simple things are done right, this café is sure to deliver!  Coffee is the Ex Wife blend from Code Black.


‘Under Promise Over Deliver’ – D’Aprano’s motto for this café – we certainly felt D’Aprano and the team over delivered.


One of our favourites Gin Cured Salmon – rosti, pea tendril, apple, zucchini, radish, herb, smoked labne, poached eggs – we think you should get down and check it out!!


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