Yes, I know, I'm probably indulging in a healthy dose of denial along with my buttery croissant and creamy latte, but when you can step off Indooroopilly's suburban streets and into an Avenue des Champs-Élysées style cafe, seriously, who could blame me?
French Twist serves freshly-prepared, classic brasserie fare. Breakfast items range from muesli and croissants through to brioche French toast (of course), while the lunch menu pays homage to the French tartine (open faced sandwich) - featuring fillings including ratatouille, poulet (chicken) and proscuitto. Those with special dietary needs will appreciate that gluten-free bread is also available.
I arrived on the cusp of breakfast moving into morning tea and settled back to watch the passing Parisian-style parade. A group of school mums gathered in the corner with graceful high-backed armchairs to debrief over espresso; a group of workers in high-visibility vests compared notes over two pulled-together pavement-style tables.
That's one of the things I like about French Twist: different spaces are delineated to suit customers' changing moods. I sat at a large wooden communal table loaded with macarons (marked for display rather than consumption) and found myself drawn into conversation with an elderly man who'd stopped by for a pot of tea over which to plan his upcoming trip to the UK. But those who simply want to read the papers over their morning cuppa, there are plenty of privacy-promoting options too.
If you'd rather not order from the menu, you can select from a range of food items on display in glass cases - think quiches, muffins and sweet and savoury tarts. The counter tops, too, are dotted with seasonal treats - on this occasion, delightful iced gingerbread in the shape of Christmas trees. Joyeux Noel!
Getting into the spirit of the season: Christmas tree gingerbread at French Twist. Author image.