De Clieu

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 21st October 2010

De Clieu, Gertrude st Fitzroy

Details details – fantastic industrial light fittings, and the prettiest spring Dogwood blossom

OK so I don’t want anyone thinking that Gertrude st Fitzroy gets my attention all the time… I realise I just blogged the gorgeous new Mud Store etc…  but, what can I do?  I can’ t help it if cool stuff keeps popping up here!

Gertrude street’s latest resident is De Clieu – the newest cafe from Melbourne coffee gurus Mark Dundon and Bridget Amor, whose other excellent establishments include Seven Seeds, Brother Baba Budan, and previously St Ali (now under new management).  There are rave reviews all over the interwebs already… never has there been a more highly anticipated coffee shop in our caffeine-crazed city!

De Clieu seems a little more refined that Dundon’s usual ventures – ie a slightly more pared back look, less plywood(!), and amazingly, no exposed light globes  :)  Not that I don’t love a bare lightglobe but it’s always nice to see something new!  Six Degrees designed the fit-out, so not surprisingly, it’s lovely.  Best bit is the inside / outside ledge seating.  ALSO TDF favourite Beci Orpin designed the nautical-esque identity and business cards.  They’re circles!  That’s enough to win me over.

The only thing is, everyone I know is calling this place ‘Seven Seeds on Gertrude st’ because no one seems to know how to pronounce De Clieu, (me included).  Maybe someone will enlighten me with a phonetic explanation!?

De Clieu
187 Gertrude St

Inside / Outside ledge seating is a winner.  Especially with cute girls perched on it.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Thursday 21st October 2010


  • Looks great. Charmaine

  • Anna 5 years ago

    I’m thinking you pronounce it ” De Kli-u”. I’m guessing they named it after Captain Mathieu de Clieu, a naval officer at Martinique.

    ” Upon visiting France for personal reasons, he was determined to introduce coffee cultivation to Martinique. The captain began his efforts in obtaining a coffee plant to take back to Martinique. It was with the help of a “kindly office of a lady of quality” that he was able to do this.” …


  • Amy 5 years ago

    that makes perfect sense anna, always good for a little history lesson. O I do love that inside – outside ledge seating. Great work guys at De Clieu and also to you Lucy love your work !

  • Treadgold 5 years ago

    This is fabulous. The lights really jumped out at me, I am a sucker for a gorgeous pendant….everything else oozes style too..what a street!

  • Diane 5 years ago

    A coffee fiend friend of mine pronounced the Clieu like clue, although I have no idea whether this is accurate or not. The place looks great though; I can’t wait to pop over for a lovely coffee!

  • Lucy 5 years ago

    Ahhh it is so nice to live in Melbourne – the cafe city. I lurve the pendant lights. They remind me of yoyo biscuits….mmm

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