After an hour or two's observing the birdlife foraging for breakfast on the lakes of Mill Point in Perth, I was getting rather peckish myself. My hosts suggested we waddle ten minutes up the road to the Millpoint Book Caffé. What a find for a bibliophile! We were lucky to snare a table as it is wise to book at weekends.
There were books as far as the eye could see, with an eclectic collection of tables to allow the serving of refreshments. One could choose to eat amongst the myriads of books, or retreat to the outdoor setting.
Breaking away from my usual brekkie fare I chose the pancakes, but was a little disappointed in their texture. Although I was not expecting crepes (which may be a wiser variation on this theme of fruit and maple syrup), I found them a little tough and chewy. A pancake should be light and fluffy. Not so in this case.
Can a business serve two entirely different purposes? There are plenty of examples of book cafes throughout the world. My experience has been that gourmet fare cannot be expected when the primary purpose of a business is to sell reading materials. However, I am happy to combine two of my favourite hobbies when needs must.