Crossley Street

Bourke St, Melbourne

Crossley Street is better known as the corner of Pellegrini’s. This old-school Italian cafeteria is said to have welcomed the first Espresso machine to Melbourne in 1954, the start of Melbourne’s coffee craze.

Little has changed since the cafe opened in 1954, and the decor and style of menu remain old-school; it’s a local favourite for a quick bite.

Crossley Street was previously named Romeo Lane, and part of the red light district, while local lore says it was also home to an opium den.