If you love coffee, plants and flowers, add Deadwood Cafe in Braidwood to your weekend itinerary immediately! Deadwood has transformed a carriage house dating back to 1882 into a thriving mecca for lovers of beautiful things and in this case, you can absolutely judge the book by its cover. The building's exterior is gorgeous with the patina of a long life subtly changing colour as the day goes on and climbing roses and vines draping themselves generously over the aged brick.
As beautiful as the outside is, it's inside the huge wood and glass panelled doors that things get really amazing. The first thing that grabs your attention is the indoor multi-tier fountain complete with its own school of goldfish. It burbles a welcome like no other and in this enchanted indoor garden, it's just the beginning. As your eyes adjust, you'll start to see the amazing selection of indoor plants on offer. They swing from the beams in the roof, burst from the shelves and wait patiently on the floor, all ready to be adopted. They are a mix of exotic, gigantic and tiny, all vying for attention. Once you manage to choose, there are beautiful pots and planters and books about plants on offer too, a quirky mix which sets it apart from the usual offering. On certain days, the store is stocked up with fresh flowers as well so you can take a bunch home to enjoy the magic of Deadwood a little longer.
If you like your coffee near an indoor fountain, try Deadwood in Braidwood
Visiting Deadwood feels a little like stepping into the barn of a creative, green-thumbed auntie who isn't afraid to push the boundaries. Let your eyes roam and you'll spot cow skulls, antiques, artwork and more hanging from the walls, tucked away in corners and sitting in the shadows. Everything has a touch of the unique and individual about it, a quirky but perfect mix of rustic glam. And of course, there's the gigantic iron chandelier to keep you interested too - it's a real work of art and quite mesmerising as it twinkles alongside the sunbeams streaming through the skylight. It's a magical place where you never know quite what you'll find while you wait for your coffee.
Speaking of coffee, Deadwood calls itself a 'sort-of' cafe but don't be fooled. The coffee and food here are absolutely top-notch. You can pick up pastries and cakes with a lot of vegan options as well as Campos coffee and freshly squeezed juice. The flavours are absolutely perfect (the pumpkin spice donuts and Turkish delight cake were our picks and they didn't disappoint!). There's very limited indoor seating so plan to either soak up some sun at the outside tables or takeaway.
Deadwood has rustic charm by the bucketload, plenty of plants to adopt, great food and coffee and a vibe like nowhere else. If you want to soak up some of the enchanting atmosphere on your next visit to Braidwood, make a beeline for Deadwood and enjoy a truly unique cafe experience.
Deadwood Cafe in Braidwood also stocks houseplants
What a lovely place Heidi. Marvelous decor and the coffee and eats sound good. Have passed through Braidwood a couple of times a few decades ago when the only deadwood was on the trees. A return visit is warranted.