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 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.
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
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