The Blackwood Café and Espresso Bar is a café and restaurant located in the Blackwood Shopping precinct in Mitchelton. Those who have visited Blackwood Street before will know that this long, busy street sits within the suburb's residential area and is Mitcheltons' café, shopping and restaurant hub. It almost has the feel of a mall, except that it accessible to cars. Mitchelton can be found 8 kms from the CBD.
What is the cafe like? The Blackwood Café and Espresso Bar is a neighbourhood cafe situated right in the centre of the busy Blackwood Street shopping precinct (just up from Miss Kay's Burger Bar).
It is a straight drive after turning off Samford Road. The cafe can be easily accessed beside a zebra crossing which connects the two sides of the street. I called by the café after a spot of shopping to rest tired feet and refresh with a bite to eat.
Walking off the street, I found that indoor and outdoor seating is available. In a past life, the space was occupied by "Geronimo Jerky". Today, the indoor area is a dining lounge with moody, dark blue besser block painted walls, some funky lighting and fawn curtains. It offers an easy resting spot with its chunky sofas to sink into.
For mine, the pick is the covered outdoor area with an awning and black umbrellas for shade. Individual tables and bar seating gives a deck-like feel and provides a vantage point to watch the passing pedestrians and traffic.
What's on the menu?
The Fruit n Nut Frenchy Photo Courtesy Blackwood Cafe facebook page
The café offers all day breakfast featuring Blackwood Brekkie Fritter $17 and the naughty but nice Fruit and Nut Fudge Frenchy $18, and the Blackwood Hot Pot $18. Lunch includes a selection of café regulars (salads, burgers, wraps, sandwiches) from the cold cabinet or specialties like the Bocconcini Bruchetta $15, and Warm Italian Bean Salad $15 off the menu. Vegan and gluten options are available
What else is there? As well as something to eat for you and your guest, puppy treats are available for 50 cents. While pups can sit in the outdoor area and water bowls are provided, they need to remain on the floor beside their owners (no cuddles on laps allowed). The Jan Power Mitchelton Markets are held on the first Sunday of every month in the Blackwood Street from 6am to 12 noon so a bite to eat at a simple no fuss café might help to finish off your shopping experience.
The café is easily accessible being only a few steps from the train station. Buses also regularly glide past. Street parking is available in Blackwood Street and neighbouring streets.