This interesting split-level cafe has fascinating knick-knacks spread along the walls, quaint ornaments hanging from the ceiling and objects that grab your attention using vacant floor space in the cafe to add decorative touches without crowding the dining area.
The lower level has the appearance of an antique store. Vintage couches are arranged along one side to relax but be warned, customers sink into these sofas which may create some difficulty in eating and drinking.
The downstairs area is quieter than upstairs and I felt it had a more soothing ambience. Perhaps it was the softer light, maybe it was the charm of this nostalgic era and an escape from busy suburbia. It was a comforting space for afternoon tea.
Outside this relaxing spot, Once Upon A Time has a lovely garden area for diners to sit among the greenery. It was like being invited to a friend's home and relaxing in the patio out the back. It was a very welcoming space.
Our orders arrived. My strawberry smoothie was delicious but it was odd to be served in a takeaway drink container. The two hot chocolates were served in glass cups and my companions enjoyed these immensely.
One companion had two scones with jam and cream. The scones and jam were absolutely delicious. The cream, unfortunately, was a let down. My companion commented that she prefers thickened cream to dollop on scones. This cream looked as though it was sprayed from a can. The cream was thin in consistency.
This was my second visit to Once Upon A Time and I will certainly return again. The service was friendly and professional. The remarkable thing about Once Upon A Time is that while many cafes close by 4 pm, this cafe has late hours till 10 pm, and 11 pm on weekends, which makes it a great place to visit for cuppa and a cake in the evenings.