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Milo & Maisie Coffee Co.

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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published November 17th 2021
Visit a convenient community cafe in Paddington
Milo and Maisie, a new family-owned café, comes to Brisbane's inner-city suburb of Paddington to further build community and with a firm eye on bringing its own style of caffeine excellence.

Milo and Maisie Coffee Co. is owned by Stu and Jen, who moved to Brisbane from Melbourne in 2018. If you visit, you are likely to see Stu working his barista skills behind the machine.

Some Brisbane café regulars may recognise that Milo and Maisie replaces The Fox and Rabbit Café, which was previously on the same site at 139 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington. This is one of a trio of small businesses in this part of the street and is cushioned by a Luca Jade Hair on one side and La Pinsa Italian restaurant on the other.

I caught up with a friend at this little café for some mid-morning caffeine and here's what I found.

What's in a name?
When choosing a name for a business, it's always good to have something meaningful to its owners. This brings a sense of themselves to share with others, has memories from their past and space to create new ones for their customers.

That's exactly what this café has done. You see, Milo and Maisie is named after two important members of Stu and Jens' family – their first baby Maisie and their much-loved, but now passed English Springer Spaniel, Milo. If that wasn't cute enough, look out for their two cherub drawn little faces which have made it onto the shop's signage and logo.

The Layout
As I walked down the slight slope of Kennedy Terrace, I found the shop, greeted my friend and we looked for a table. Visitors have two seating options; there's inside the single, corridor style shop with its clean, light wooden mid-century modern influenced meets scadi decor or outdoor on the curbside. A Devil's Ivy plant is making a statement along one side of the wall.

The music playing in the background inside is comfortably 80s and I was quick to recognise Australian rock royalty INXS, Paul Kelly and Men at Work alongside international icons The Cure, Queen and David Bowie.

We chose to sit outdoors. As well as fresh air and the Queensland light, sitting on one of the black French-style café chairs outside on the curb offers the additional pleasure of taking in some almost touchable views of the ever-expanding Brisbane skyline with rows of skyscrapers poking their heads up towards the clouds.

What's on the menu?
Milo and Maisie is counter service. On placing my order, I was surprised to hear the sing-song sound of Stu's Irish accent over our brief momentary chit chat.

The menu appears to aim at light breakfast items and something to have with your coffee. What's a cafe without Avo on Toast, right? But, there's also Smoky Beans, Ham and Cheese Toastie or Croissants, Toasted Granola, and Crumpets.

Milo and Maisie serves up local coffee from Parallel Roasters based in Sumner and some of Brisbane's best French pastries and artisan bread from the historic, brick bakehouse Crust & Co in Wilston. That makes for a firm foundation.

The menu also features some treats from other local suppliers like Paddington Jams and Sauces and Wholly Crumpets.

The Standout
It's the little touches that makes a place and for Milo and Maisie, there were two in particular for me. Firstly, the lightly glazed pottery cups, saucers and plates which present the food and coffee and also appear as jugs and bowls throughout the cafe.

Sadly, they are a little too special and Stu tells me that some customers have liked them enough to take the odd saucer home with them. I hope that this is a rarity at a time when, more than ever, small businesses need to be supported.

The second standout is the simple but spectacular key-shaped light hanging over the counter. What does it mean? The key to success? The key to a good coffee? Or maybe it is not a key at all. You decide!

What else?
A visit to Milo and Maisie is made easy with free parking available along Kennedy Terrace and its neighbouring streets. A bus stop directly outside also means you can ditch the car and take a ride on public transport.

Milo and Maisie Coffee Co is open 7 days:

Thursday 6am–12pm
Friday 6am–12pm
Saturday 7am–12pm
Sunday 7am–12pm
Monday 6am–12pm
Tuesday 6am–12pm
Wednesday 6am–12pm

Overall, Milo and Maisie is a pleasant, community cafe to stop for a coffee and a bite to eat. It's comfortable, friendly and convenient.
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Why? Coffee and community
When: Thursday 6am–12pm Friday 6am–12pm Saturday 7am–12pm Sunday 7am–12pm Monday 6am–12pm Tuesday 6am–12pm Wednesday 6am–12pm
Where: Kennedy Terrace, Paddington
Cost: moderate
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