SMÄK Food House
87%Overall Score

I had originally found SMÄK Food House on Instagram and have keep it on close radar ever since. With a morning to spare in South Yarra, I decided to check out this hidden gem once and for all. 


SMÄK, which is pronounced ‘smark’ is Swedish for ‘taste’. Located down the quite end of Chapel Street, this cafe may be a bit hard to find if you aren’t sure where to go. Tucked behind the Olsen Hotel, here you will find a small cafe with a minimalist Scandinavian-style fit out.

Concrete floors, natural light timber and white wire chairs fill the arrow cafe. To contrast the simplicity, greenery accents fill the space to create a warm and welcoming vibe. You’ll find a range of table set ups, from bar stools along the window, to cafe style tables to outdoor seating to offer a bit of variety for everyone. 

I found the service friendly and attentive from the moment I walked in. I was quickly greeted with a smile and asked to sit where I please, while he grabbed some water and menus for the table. Coffee was ordered straight away and with only a short wait, arrived at the table just as a decision was made on what to order.


I’ve noticed recently that I’ve started to become a bit of a snob when it comes to my coffee. I ordered a Piccolo while I looked through the menu, and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived a short while later, piping hot. Serving St Ali Coffee, flavouring was full-bodied, strong and rich with a wonderful creamy finish.

Known for their healthy meals, here you will find a number of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options to cater for the current trends and those a bit more health conscious. SMÄK also try and focus on using as much local produce within a 100km radius as possible.

Todays breakfast was the ‘Cacao Chia Porridge’ served with apple, rhubarb, ginger, vanilla, fresh banana, berries and lemon balm. I was expecting something quite sweet with all the fruit, but was loving how amazing all the flavours worked together, creating a slight cacao finish to tone down the sweetness.

Overall, I was so glad I was able to finally check out SMÄK Food House. The service was genuine, the food was healthy and tasty and I loved the simplicity of the space.

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