Life in Brisbane is a rolling celebration. I'm here to invite you to the party. I'm new to the game of free-lance and excited to throw my passion into something.
Published January 20th 2018
Update June 28th 2018
Maleny Village Artisan Market is now under new management and called Maleny Lane: www.facebook.com/MalenyLane
As is often the way during Brisbane summers, I wake up in my camper in a sweat with the sun wrapping around my window, demanding that I get up and enjoy the day. In an attempt to escape the heat by some small measure, I make my way up into the foot of the Glasshouse Mountains, to one of my favourite haunts, Maleny. Once parked and on the peruse for my first coffee of the day (uncharacteristically, at around noon), I stumbled across the Maleny Village Artisan Market.
A colourful archway lures you in with ease and grace
Quintessentially Maleny, kitsch and wooden with an artsy feel, the market proudly takes place in the middle of the main strip. Bustling with locals, each vendor proudly displays their wares and there is something to suit every taste. Beautifully designed without pretence, the handmade wooden furniture flanked by crocheted blankets (like gran gave you), give the place a cosy and casual ambience.
The handmade furniture adorned by glowing green succulents set the scene.
I went immediately for a succulent-veiled coffee nook, suckered in by the promise of chai. And with one look at the place, I knew it was going to be good chai. I was not disappointed. It was, in fact, so good that I had two large, dirty ones. No regrets. I followed with vegan brown rice sushi, one sauteed field mushroom and the other a beautifully marinated tofu - both filling, delicious and extraordinarily fresh. The Mexican loaded potatoes looked (and smelled) to die for and the French-style crepe "restaurant" was rustically chic. It is a carefully curated space that so clearly reflects the love that locals and business owners hold for Maleny. Live music, a warm vibe and plenty of smiles, teamed with good food and impeccable coffee - I look forward to returning.