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Birrang Coffee & Gallery

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
Lover of all things interesting and new
Published October 9th 2016
Go for the coffee, check out the art, and stay for the games
Birrang is an aboriginal word meaning A journey to another place. Birrang Coffee which lies up Earnest Street from South Bank combines coffee, snacks and light meals with a wonderful art gallery.

Birrang Coffee in South Bank
Birrang Coffee in South Bank


The coffee shop has a hole in the wall feel, being in a formerly commercial building, but creates a wonderful welcoming atmosphere with a range of seating, including small tables, larger wooden tables for groups and a bright red sofa.

The big red sofa at Birrang Coffee
The big red sofa at Birrang Coffee


The back of the coffee shop opens up into the Henderson Gallery, which is a wonderful art space run by Robert Henderson. Paintings are found both inside the gallery and on the walls of the coffee shop. Both paintings, which often range in price of the thousands or more, and cheaper prints are available for purchase.

Opening night at the Henderson Gallery
Opening night at the Henderson Gallery


What normally brings me here is the art, though there are also art classes in the gallery space or free coffee appreciation classes in the coffee shop.

Birrang Coffee on Earnest Street at South Bank
Birrang Coffee on Earnest Street at South Bank


Of course, there is the coffee, using Cleanskin's Old School Blend, which gives a rich combination of flavours reminiscent of chocolate, caramel with fruity undertones. The cake selection is pretty good, along with a range of slices and cookies. The light meals are perfect for lunch or an afternoon snack - think filo pastries, quiches and savoury muffins for the light meals.

Some of the selection of cakes, snacks and light meals at Birrang Coffee
Some of the selection of cakes, snacks and light meals at Birrang Coffee


There is also a shelf full of books and board games, so it is a great place to come and sit and relax with your friends with a game, or hang out by yourself with a book or just use the free WiFi.

Books and Games at Birrang Coffee
Books and Games at Birrang Coffee


The main drawback of the coffee shop is the location. While only a short stroll up Earnest Street from South Bank, construction work means you have to walk on the other side of the street past the coffee shop, then cross and walk a short distance back. However, it is a welcome relief for the overly commercial and perhaps pricey options found in South Bank and so is worth the small effort to visit.

Go on a journey to another place at Birrang Coffee
Go on a journey to another place at Birrang Coffee
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Why? Go for the coffee, check out the art, and stay for the games
When: 6:30 am to 4:30 pm, 7 days a week
Phone: (07) 3844 2610
Where: 92 Ernest Street South Brisbane, Queensland
Cost: Coffee shop prices
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