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Published November 5th 2020
Grab a coffee under the bridge
Tucked beneath Brisbane's famous Story Bridge, Moonshine Coffee Roasters cafe delivers a quality brew for visitors to the inner-city site of Kangaroo Point.
A friend who regularly visits and enjoys Kangaroo Point as a Brisbane local, suggested we catch up for a coffee at Moonshine Coffee Roasters. After a quick scan on the socials, I was keen to experience it for myself. Here's what I discovered.
Walking along the river-end of Main Street at Kangaroo Point brings you to small but punchy Moonshine Coffee Roasters cafe,
The first thing to notice is that Moonshine is shaded by an ancient and expansive Moreton Bay fig tree (or Australian Banyan) growing on the curbside directly outside the shop. Standing directly below the tree gives you an appreciation of the sheer size of the massive truck and majestic limbs. This tree must have seen many major changes in the growing development of this inner-city suburb over its very long life. It creates quite an entrance.
Keep looking up and you will see a less recognisable view of the steel cantilever style Story Bridge. It captures the interest of bold bridge climbers testing their skills to get arguably the best view of the city. And of course, it also lights up the night sky in a variety of changing colours and provides a postcard feature for Brisbane. It's easy to be distracted from your coffee order while standing directly below this super structure and hear the rumbling of the traffic over this bustling river crossing.
Enough sightseeing. Now for coffee. This is one of two Moonshine Coffee sites in Australia. The team roast their own coffee at their other facility in Federal in the hinterlands of Byron Bay.
The shop is small (with 1 person service) but nonetheless stylish with its popular black and green palette with wood trimmings giving a fresh and appealing look. Three steps from the curb takes you to the open window and counter where you can find the main range of tea and coffee styles as well as chai and turmeric lattes all ranging from $3.00 - $6.00. There are also a small selection of cakes, slices, toast and spreads and pastries, and juices to go with your cup of Joe.
The cafe has a limited amount of seating at the front. A table and chair set up and a pillowed covered bench seat and pretty beach umbrella to provide additional cover to the protection of the tree's canopy.
Ideally situated for a take away, the Kangaroo Point cafe is just a few short steps from Captain Burke Park at the end of Main Street. With its hard to beat views of the Brisbane CBD, park benches overlooking the river with the city cats whooshing past and with the passing traffic of the Bridge overhead, the park is a perfect place to sit and enjoy your cuppa if you decide to get a takeaway.
If you want your Moonshine experience to keep going beyond your visit, you can also purchase coffee, merchandise (caps, t-shirts and tote bags) and equipment online.
There are several ways to get to the cafe. Driving of course, via the Bridge with largely metred street parking is available in Main Street. Or you can cruise in by taking a City Cat ferry and exiting at Thornton Street or Dockside.
If good things come in small packages, then Moonshine Coffee Roasters is one of those parcels. Good coffee, friendly service in a must-do location make it worth the visit. Moonshine Coffee Roasters is open 7 days and is located at 98 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, just 2kms from the CBD.