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Wilston Village certainly can well claim the tag of "village". This now busy strip along Kedron Brook Road has seen commercial shops opening their doors for business since the 1920s. Today, Freja's Cafe is one of its newest residents to move into the hub and occupies a corner spot in the village, just 5kms from the CBD.
The name Freja is originally from Denmark so it's fitting that the design, look and feel of the cafe has a Scandinavian flavour while taking advantage of the desire to enjoy the outdoors. A palette of white, black, soft grey and lightly grained timbers underpins the look.
The first thing I noticed after stepping inside and up to the counter was the abundance of filtered light and the bright, airy feel that the cafe has created. The second, well probably the first if I'm honest, were the trays of fresh pastries which rested on the counter. Three cheeky potted plants hang from the ceiling, adding a touch of green and a classic bell is perched above the front door.
Freja's has two covered outdoor eating spaces: a side courtyard and a deck at the entry, so visitors can overlook the comings and goings of this inner north, suburban shopping precinct. I sat at the front of the cafe beside a rich, succulent garden to catch the morning sun. A soft, homely cream knitted blanket with pom poms lounged on one of the chairs beside me providing extra warmth.
A pair of grey comfy, buttoned occasional chairs with cushions are available inside in the corner of the cafe for casual lounging. The side courtyard has wooden bench seating, a small, wall garden and an open window to the inside.
I fell victim to the pastries (it was always going to happen) and selected a lightly toasted, flaky and mouth-watering French croissant which are made fresh daily at the cafe. It was served with a spoonful of creamy butter and glazing strawberry jam ($5.00) and was delicious. The dough for Freja's Danish pastries, which are made on site, is imported from France. Oh, did I mention that co-owner, Freja, is a pastry chef.
Other things to look out for at Freja's
Freja's is certainly dog-friendly. My pup was warmly invited to come on in and greeted with a smile. He was even offered a Schmackos treat. That extra touch made us both feel special. I also spotted a black cocker spaniel at the adjourning table with his owners who looked to have been enjoying himself too.
A safety clip is available to park your dog while you order and a doggy water bowl is located at the entrance.
Freja's also offers a customer loyalty program. Buy 7 coffees, collect stamps on your coffee card and get the 8th one free. That's gotta be a good thing. The cafe is open 6 days (closed on Mondays) and street parking is available in McGregor Street and Kedron Brook Road.
Pup and I really enjoyed our visit to Freja's. We went hoping for good food and friendly service and they delivered it big time. Some flavours of France, the look of Scandinavia, the feeling of Queensland all comfortable friends alongside one another. What a great mix.