A trilogy of sandwich boards with the promise of coffee, barambah milk and a dog-friendly environment in upper Kennedy Terrace led the way to me visiting On Pointe Cafe. On Pointe is the new kid in the Paddington cafe scene, having opened in April 2018. The cafe is located beside a dance studio (DANSING Pty Ltd) which explains the name and the reference to the ballet term meaning to be on the tips of your toes.
The lush garden courtyard The outdoor seating area at the front of the cafe was the first area I saw when I arrived. With pup at my side, the space was roomy and the ideal place for us to grab a table. A wooden deck is shaded by white, outdoor umbrellas and what could only be described as a garden oasis of shiny leafed bromeliads, restful palms, flowering gingers and expansive figs.
Fairy lights are entwined beneath the umbrellas for that extra touch of sparkle. Each table is adorned with its own freshly, potted plant and hanging baskets also drape from the arms of the umbrellas to extend the greenness.
The children's garden Also at the front of the cafe is a special garden just for the kids. Six pink and white toadstools resting on a bed of pebble stones find shade under a giant Moreton Bay fig. The garden will have the little ones searching for fairies, while onlookers can watch them play from a wooden garden bench seat.
Now for something to eat On Pointe offers counter service and a menu to satisfy breakfast and lunch hunger. A brekky roll and coffee is $10.00. The range of yummy fresh, home-baked goods from fluffy muffins ($4.00), croissants, cookies, slices and cakes are also very tempting.
I chose a chai latte ($4.00), made on barambah milk, which was delivered by friendly barista Andrea, soon after ordering. It was tasty with a warm hint of spice. For a slight twist, Turmeric lattes are also within reach.
Gluten-free and vegan options are available. As a point of difference, there is no charge at On Pointe for extra shots. Nice touch guys.
Check out the views to Mount Cootha Inside the cafe has polished floors and a generous amount of seating with French cafe chairs. An abundance of sunlight filters in through the glass windows offering a wonderful view of the hills of Mount Cootha.
Wifi is available at the cafe as is street parking in Kennedy Terrace and Lizzie Street. If you decide to leave your car at home, the Brisbane City Council 377 bus also passes by the shop. Paddington is located on the edge of the city centre, just 3kms from the CBD. On Pointe is open 6 days. So were they "on point"? That's a yes from me.