Your new happy place is in South Melbourne Market
Nutritionist Lola Berry and St ALi founder Salvatore Malatesta have joined forces to open up Happy Place, a superfood smoothie bar and health food takeaway joint, at South Melbourne Market. Describing his new joint venture as a “wellness concept”, St Ali founder Malatesta says his collaboration with Berry came naturally. “I’ve found myself gravitating towards clean eating and leading a healthier lifestyle,” he adds. “I’ve also known Lola for a decade. I respect her work and we’ve worked together on menu items for St Ali for years, so I wanted to work with her on a bigger project.”
Mindful of food sensitivities and intolerances, the café and smoothie bar stocks plenty of raw, vegan, and dairy and gluten-free options. Berry has crafted a menu that is chockfull of superfood smoothies, cold pressed juices, takeaway salads and paleo treats. Expect smoothies like ‘I'm Glowing’ with activated macadamia, turmeric, mango and banana, and the ‘Strawberry Kisses’ with strawberries, cashews, coconut oil and almond milk. The bone broth menu (paleo, of course!) looks like just the thing to wash away the winter blues. The café also focuses on takeaway-ready meals like the Rainbow Yoga Bowl packed with vegetables and gut-friendly sauerkraut, and the Emmami Salad with line-caught cured salmon, kale, and other nutritious ingredients.
Known for her wellness-focused cookbooks including The Happy Cookbook and The 20/20 Diet Cookbook, Happy Place is Berry’s first bricks and mortar business. “Salvatore’s been trying to get me to open a health food café for years – ever since I started formulating recipes for St ALi. The idea driving the menu at Happy Place is that people can pop in for a quick lunch and feel a little bit happier or better, physically and mentally.”
Happy Place is a caffeine-free zone, so you’re going to sip on a turmeric latte rather than a St ALi coffee, and there's "crystal infused water" for some zen thirst-busting.
|Venue name:||Happy Place|
Stall 56, South Melbourne Market
|Opening hours:||Daily 7am-5pm|