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Adrift - Byron Chic in Chelmer

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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader and Pinterest addict who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.Step Into History.com.au is designed to help children experience history.
Published February 4th 2014
Update November 10th 2017
Adrift has changed hands. It is still a cafe though.

Update September 5th 2016
Now Tocco Italiano Pizzeria and Cafe.

Can you fall in love with a shop?
After driving past this "corner shop" for weeks, I finally had time to call in. WOW. I thought it was a cafe, but it actually sells clothes, homewares and gifts. The cafe is just a side line, but what a delightful side line it is.

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Can you be in love with a shop??


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Cute quirky cafe on Oxley Rd


Situated on the corner of Oxley Rd and Harte St the shop itself has been there on Oxley Rd for ever! In the 60s it was a Butcher Shop owned by a butcher named Len - hence the name Len's Corner which has been lovingly kept. The shop has seen many incarnations over the years including a real estate agency, a computer shop and a music store.

It sits alone on a corner opposite Milperra High School and has off street parking, although at midday there was plenty of parking on the street. The staff were friendly, welcoming and very helpful without being pushy.

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An array of homewares and gifts temptingly displayed.


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Racks of scarves in every colour.


The shop is a bright colourful fiesta of clothes, scarves, toys, candles and much much more. I bought some adorable felt finger puppets made in Tibet. I was tempted by some magnificent felt shoulder bags and several light bright summery tops which were quite reasonably priced at $79.95.

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Tiny Felt finger puppets made in Tibet.


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Colourful summery clothes fill the shop.


I ordered a Mocha and raspberry and yoghurt cake which was delicious. All the tables and chairs are mismatched and quirky, but each one had fresh flowers and was very clean.

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Delicious food in a funky atmosphere.


The atmosphere is relaxing in spite of being on a busy road. The outlook across the wide footpath is two huge old trees. Surprisingly peaceful.

I'll be taking all my friends there for a browse and a relaxing snack.

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Stroll under the shady trees across the road afterwards.


Adrift has two other stores however neither of those has a cafe.
999 Stanley St East Brisbane and Shop 116, Reading Newmarket Shopping Centre 400 Newmarket Rd.
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Why? Great shopping and great coffee
Phone: (07) 3278 1779
Where: 80 Oxley Rd, Chelmer
Your Comment
Thanks Lynne, looking forward to trying this cafe out asap.
by Lucy (score: 3|1145) 1406 days ago
Growing up in Chelmer, I remember when this was a butcher's shop. Always struck me as odd, being the only shop standing there alone, rather than being in a block. Mum used to buy meat there. There was a swamp across the road, which became a rubbish dump. When the dump closed, Sherwood Football ovals were built. Groceries were bought at the supermarket at Graceville 5 ways and packed in big brown paper bags, before the advent of plastic bags. Environmentally, they were ahead of their time!
by Roscoe (score: 1|11) 1405 days ago
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