I'm a total foodie and Mum of two young children. I'm always looking to share my culinary and/or family-friendly experiences around Brisbane.
Published July 3rd 2015
The Canvas Art Café & Drive-Thru at Woolloongabba finally opened its drive-in window last Friday. I took my children for a spin through the café and was pleasantly surprised. It was convenient, had nice coffee and service came with a smile (and even a phone number, but not as it sounds). Surely the first drive-thru café was developed by parents of young children. Two children averaging two trips in the car a day would mean over 5800 car seat buckles for parents each year. Now that my gorgeous but frustratingly independent two year old wants to get herself in and out of the car for every trip, while often singing "Beep Beep Buckle Up" by the Wiggles, I am more than happy to do a few less buckles without missing my daily coffee fix.
The Canvas Art Café and Drive-Thru is located in front of the Canvas Art Factory on 73 Ipswich Rd and is open 7 days/week. It does not have the most scenic outlook across the carpark and Ipswich Rd but there is plenty of parking and seating for those wishing to visit the art factory and stay awhile, with the store selling a broad range of artwork and custom made canvases printed in house. You even get a free coffee with any canvas purchased.
The café currently serves sandwiches and pies and will soon offer a range of cakes and muffins. They offer the usual decaf, soy and lactose free options, and smoothies/juices will be added to the drinks list in summer. I enjoyed my coffee (Schibello black label) and my daughter practically inhaled her free babycino. I found it refreshing when café owner Sam Perez said it was insulting to have to pay for one (it happened to be his number I got, by the way).
The Canvas Art Café and Drive-Thru also supports a number of charities with Sam promising to donate $1 from every coffee sold this weekend (Fri 3rd-Sun 5th July) to the Starlight Foundation. There will also be a fundraiser in July/August for the Donate Life charity for organ donation. For further details visit the café's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thecanvasartcafe
There are already a few drive-thru cafés around Brisbane, including Merlo (Fortitude Valley), Di Bella (Bowen Hills) and Zarraffras (Richlands, Acacia Ridge, Boondall). With the Canvas Art Café and Drive-Thru now open, East-siders don't have to cross the river or drive far to find one.