Michele Curtis is a professional chef and award-winning food writer. Titles include annual publications 'The Foodies Diary' and 'The Foodies Guide', as well as the bestseller 'In The Kitchen' and 'What’s For Dinner'.

Michele Curtis opened her first solo operation, Frankie’s Top Shop, in the historic old kiosk site in Cowderoy Street, St Kilda West in February 2017. After being closed for several years, Michele fell in love with the building, its history and proximity to the water and a new life was brought to the building.

Partly named for the previous owner Frank, who ran the milk bar here for 20 years, and partly for Michele’s pet dachshund, who maybe spotted from time to time.

Frankie’s is, simply put, a neighbourhood cafe, serving fabulous coffee, breakfast & lunch. We pride ourselves on our friendly consistent service and feel that our customers are very much part of our family.

Our ‘pandemic’ deck is here to stay, allowing guests, and their dogs, the opportunity to dine outside comfortably.

Frankie’s serves the food Michele herself likes to eat – clean, seasonal, no fuss meals. A large open kitchen brings the energy and action of the kitchen into the cafe, with fresh, bold bright whites with dark green and black. Timber shelves are also stocked with Michele’s favourite grocery items, which are also utilised on the menu.