Adelaide-based writer with a passion for good coffee, beach walks, bike riding, the great outdoors and writing about my experiences!
Published May 8th 2012
What better way to spend a few quiet hours than with a great cup of tea or coffee and a good book? A new approach to the traditional coffee shop recently opened on the Broadway at Glenelg South and includes - you guessed it - a bookshop.
The Mockingbird Lounge is a second-hand bookshop and coffee shop in one. The shop consists of three rooms with the entrance area a shop front and serving area. The back two rooms, lined with book shelves and groaning with near-new books for every taste and fancy, are intimate meeting spaces to relax, flip through a book and enjoy a relaxing coffee.
A natural instinct when walking through the Mockingbird Lounge, is to scan the shelves, pick out a book, read the cover and skim the first few pages! In no time, my friends and I were doing just that and to be able to enjoy a latte at the same time was a real treat.
If you are after something a little more, Mockingbird Lounge will provide a high tea, complete with sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and other sweet treats.
Mockingbird Lounge also runs book clubs. For a $10 monthly membership fee, readers are placed into a book club of six which meets once a month at The Mockingbird Lounge. All book club members are given 'a book of the month' to read and meet at book club to discuss the book and enjoy a cuppa at the same time. With a growing list of 45 titles to choose from, there is sure to be a book your whole club can agree on to read!
The Mockingbird Lounge also sells a selection of homemade gifts, jewellery and greeting cards and included a display of paintings by South Australian artist, Marie Hart, daughter of the well known artist Pro Hart.
To be precise, Mockingbird Lounge also serves meusli with fruit and yoghurt, toasted sandwiches, date loaf with maple and ginger butter, fruit toast, ham, cheese and tomato croissant and soup of the day with toast.... yum!