I'm not a coffee person but I can surely appreciate the art of it and if there's one thing Melbourne is known for, quality coffee would be high up on the list. The CBD is filled with cafes at every corner competing to be the best of the best. I was at FilmNeverDie Cafe when I really should have been completing assignments but spending time somewhere that has been built up upon a community of not only coffee lovers but photography enthusiasts and hobbyists was so much more appealing. Gary started FilmNeverDie as a small shop in the back of his garage, alluring different photographers and newbies to a small but varied world of film photography with a wide range of 35mm, medium and large format cameras. Since then, he's opened up his own cafe on Bourke street as a collaboration with Magnet gallery (formally Photonet) and Hunter Studio as a space for all sorts of creatives.
Magnet Gallery (next door) is currently holding an exhibition with Michael Coyne's series of Yi people, China. The trio blend well together, creating a very chill and welcoming atmosphere that allows for the flow of creativity and visual consumption of inspiration. To grasp its vibe is to be there will coffee or a good hot chocolate you can pay for as you feel. Peter is one of the baristas and I'm sure you wouldn't leave without satisfaction.