Amongst the busy strip of shops and bustling cafes of Chelsea is the local’s favourite, Straight and Narrow Café.

This café was established in 2017 and it has gone from strength to strength. With some creative decisions made during the pandemic, this business was one of the very few in Melbourne to actually expand and thrive during Melbourne’s lockdowns.

This is café is Chelsea’s perfect go-to spot for friends catching up, coffee lovers and brunch enthusiasts. Good quality meals and drinks are extremely important to the vendors. Having teamed up with Axil Coffee Roasters, customers really are getting the best of what Melbourne is renown for.

Pivoting during COVID and taking some risks have really paid off for this café.  As a result, the team opened a fully stocked bar in the courtyard, serving delicious Asian fusion food, paired with a carefully selected range of wines and craft beers to perfectly compliment their famous baos. With many events planned they were able to secure many live bands to come and play on weekends.

This café has also added catering as part of its repertoire. They have had the opportunity to cater to many locals and businesses alike. With online catering menus entailing lunch options such as wraps, paninis, baos, fruit, and dessert boxes. Customers have found this an easy and practical way to order for their events.

When purchasing this business you are inheriting the innovative ideas that have come with this and are able to simply enjoy the success. There is also the option to further expand on this business model. Some of the ways that this can be achieved are by extending night-time trading hours to Thursday and Sunday nights as well as incorporating more live music events.

With an excellent social media following, great Google reviews, and Facebook reviews, this café is really a dream come true not only for an experienced café operator but also for someone with limited experience. Contact Nick to arrange an inspection of this amazing café.


  • Monthly rent of $6513 (inclusive of GST)
  • Long-term lease in place
  • Trading hours are: Mon-Sat 7.30-3 pm, Sun 8.30 – 3 and Fri-Sat Nights: 5.00-8.30 pm
  • Employees consist of 3 FTE and 8 Casual staff
  • Weekly takings of $13,000
  • Business under management
  • The venue is licensed for 80 patrons
  • Liquor license until 11 pm on weekends
  • All equipment will be included in this sale
  • Consuming 25kg of coffee per week