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Published November 27th 2020
You'd be foolish not to enjoy Forest Hill's fine fare
Forest Hill sounds enticing but where the heck is it and why would you go there? The words emporium, vintage, bohemian, coffee and cake should be sufficient. But in case you're still not sure, here are my top four reasons to visit Forest Hill.
My first reason is a double delight. As you turn off the Warrego Highway at Forest Hill-Fernvale Road, you will discover the Meaning to Stop Cafe. I am still asking myself why it took me so long to stop here. Check out my article detailing all the wonders you will find at this place. To double the fun, right next door is the Unique and Fabulous Emporium. My article on this retro heaven will give you a few more reasons to visit Forest Hill. Trust me, you're going to want to make a day of this.
Meaning to Stop Cafe and Unique and Fabulous Emporium
If you can find the strength to walk away without buying all of the coffee, crystals and collectables, just a short drive down the road is the township of Forest Hill itself. As you round the corner leading into Victoria Street, you pass the first of two pubs and the train and heritage corner with informative signs. Now, here is reason two. Once you reach Forest Hill township, find a park, get out of your car and just look. You are in handmade heaven. There is an incredible range of boutique, handmade, recycled and upcycled items for sale in the local stores.
Queen B's Collective offers handmade jewellery and clothing, bath products, photographic prints and cards, reloved and painted furniture, antiques and vintage furniture. A few shops up the road is Little Bits and Pieces, which is aptly named as they sell everything pretty including clothes, china, craft, scarves, jewellery, soaps and more. They also have a tea room set up with hot and cold drinks, cakes and brownies. They use Elva Organic Coffee which is Australian made and grown without chemicals and pesticides.
Reason three is food. You will, of course, have worked up an appetite by now and need brunch or lunch so stop in at Cafe Sorella. It took me a while to take my eyes off the cake displays and dutifully order something more nourishing. I chose the mushroom breakfast and the poached eggs were cooked to perfection. The lovely soft yolks ran down mountains of mushrooms on sourdough.
Don't just sit at your vintage table and chairs while waiting for your order, take a wander around their store. Think coastal chill mixed with country chic with clothing, homewares, furniture, jewellery, books and stationery. You're sure to find a gift for that hard to buy for person.
To finish off your foray into Forest Hill is reason four. Cake. It was a hard decision as there were a number of delicious offerings in each shop but I chose the aptly named wicked cakes at the Forest Hill Post Office Cafe 4342. I must admit I am not a big fan of cake but slap a menu in front of me with the words baked cheesecake and I'm done. I won't say how fast I devoured this moreish morsel because it was good.
So there you have my top four reasons to visit the town of Forest Hill. Only 30 minutes from Ipswich and just on an hour from Brisbane. Escape the city, enjoy good food and coffee and check out the high-quality wares, all with a dose of country fresh air.