My Melbourne with Zaadie Fourie
Head Barista, Om Nom Kitchen at the Adelphi Hotel
“When I got here, I started working with some of the specialty coffee houses and became really interested in it,” says Zaadie.
“I’ve always loved St Ali, so when the opportunity came up to bring it to the Adelphi I jumped at the chance.” Now, she splits her time between training the hotel staff — coffee is a new focus with the arrival of Little Nom, the foyer coffee cart — making coffees and pursuing her own studies at RMIT.
“It means I spend a lot of time in the city,” she says. “And the Adelphi is in such a great location. Flinders Lane is pure Melbourne — it’s a hub of culinary and creative culture.
“If guests asked me for a suggestion, I’d tell them to walk through Federation Square and towards the NGV. There’s always an amazing special exhibition on — it really is world class.
“They might also want to take a look at some of the lesser-known galleries along Flinders Lane, like
Three years ago, attracted by the completely different weather, dining scene and arts and culture, Zaadie Fourie packed up her life in Brisbane and moved to Melbourne.
Anna Schwartz or Arc One. That’s one of the things I really love about Melbourne — there’s both a small- and large-scale arts scene.” When she’s not studying or working, Zaadie and her friends like to grab some fresh produce from either Queen Victoria or Prahran Market, buy a bottle of wine and enjoy one of the parks around the city.
“We also like to go to Naked for Satan. Usually we start downstairs and have some of the $2 pintxos [Spanish finger food] then go upstairs to Naked in the Sky for a drink with a view.”
A coffee aficionado's city guide