If you live near Park Road train station in Woolloongabba you're probably wondering where all the cafés are. Don't be afraid – one is tucked neatly away underneath the Ecosciences precinct, next to the Boggo Road Gaol.
Although a bit tricky to find, Café Eco serves up a nice drop of Merlo Coffee and the staff are friendly and efficient. They also throw together a nice little take-away – one that doesn't lose its consistency or flavour after a brisk walk.
Moreover, the café functions as a cafeteria for the precinct above it, and the Dutton Park police station just down the road. The food is refectory-like but the emphasis seems to be on affordability and Café Eco does that well. A Roast of the Day special or a Burger and Chips are under $10 each.
The position, despite the surrounding rail and road hubs, is actually quiet and comfortable with a smattering of trees and a view out over the city or towards the back of Dutton Park State School. For those heading in and out of UQ via the Green Bridge, Café Eco might be a good option for you for the stroll across.
Finally, Café Eco is plonked right in the middle of a developing area as the Boggo Road site is refurbished and built upon. At the moment, there are no visible signs of such renovating and the Boggo Road Gaol is an impressive feature, standing at the top of the hill just across from Eco.
All in all, a decent café in a convenient location – unfortunately closed over the weekend though. If it's a really delicious brew that you're after, however, there are some better options either at UQ or on the other side of Woolloongabba, such as Desmond & Molly Jones.