Hankering for an Illy espresso from a shiny La Cimbali machine, a cafe shakerato or a Nutella crepe? Head over to Merchant, a sleek Eurostyle cafe located in the 800 block of Common Street. Since opening last fall, Merchant has offered a French/Italian cafe menu of morning pastries, salads, crostini, sandwiches, and crepes, served with coffee, teas, and wine. Italy and France coexist on the wine list as well as the menu: duck confit, salumi, olive oil tuna, pancetta, proscuitto, pancetta, and cheeses find their way into the salads and sandwiches.
A bonus: Merchant’s minimalist red and white interior is a breath of fresh air, uncluttered and bright. I just wish I spent more time in the CBD; I’d happily stop at Merchant for all my (considerable) espresso needs.