Enjoy tuckshop for grown-ups at Fortitude Valley’s hole-in-the-wall Milk Box
As good as pre-made Vegemite lunchbox sandwiches are, there’s no denying that tuckshop day at school was the best day ever. Your hand would shake with anticipation as you carefully wrote your order on your brown-paper bag and dropped a handful of coins in, which, almost like magic, would be replaced with flaky sausage roll goodness come lunchtime. Our midday eating habits may have matured a little since then, but a little spark of excitement still ignites our heart when we hear the word ‘tuckshop’.
So, it goes without saying that Milk Box Coffee and Tuckshop immediately piqued our interest. A tuckshop for adults? We’re listening. Fortitude Valley’s hole-in-the-world coffee shop has set up shop on Alfred Street, in a quaint shipping container opposite the upcoming Gurner FV development. Milk Box comes from Sydney native and hospitality veteran Daniel Quinn, who has given the container a warm and welcoming makeover, complete with uber-cute branding, herringbone timber finishes and an assemblage of potted greenery.
When it comes to food and drink, Milk Box takes the idea of the classic school tuckshop and lifts it to more grown-up standards. Your carton of chocolate milk has been replaced with hot and iced coffees courtesy of Sydney’s Gabriel Coffee, alongside a selection of cold drinks. Forget greasy sausage rolls and pizza roundas – everything in Milk Box’s cabinet is made on site, including saucy bacon-and-egg rolls, chia pudding and bircher muesli pots, gourmet sandwiches and toasties, and fresh colourful salads. You won’t find musk sticks and Ovalteenies in this canteen, sweet treats instead come in the form of house-made caramel slices, muffins and assorted baked goods. Milk Box is ideal for your grab-and-go breakfast and lunch, but if you’ve got time to spare you can take a seat amongst the fiddle leafs under the striped awning.
If you’re ready to ditch that meat pie for a gourmet sambo, head to our Stumble Guide for opening hours and contact details.
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