Open Book Cafe is a very cool coffee venue secretly hidden away in Everton Hills, on Brisbane's north side. You'll know you're there when you see the rainbow sign on the footpath declaring "coffee, food, funk, love," which basically says it all.
It's a cosy little place with bench seating and a tempting-to-sit-on rainbow coloured verandah. They serve very reasonably priced breakfasts, brunches, lunches and excellent coffees/teas/gourmet hot chocolates/milkshakes. From French toast to eggs Benedict, omelettes to nachos, there is something here to fill every belly. I've now tried most dishes on the menu and have to say, each one tastes fantastic.
The cafe's interior walls are covered in bright jazz-themed murals and the vibe is definitely cool and groovy. They have free WI-FI access, but the entertainment draw card is likely to be the classic Space Invaders machine sitting in pride of place by the front counter. Each time I've visited, the game was being played non-stop by various excited customers (games are free but donations are welcome).
There is a good selection of books to exchange (or purchase for the grand sum of $5), which somehow gives the cafe an air of intellect. So, don't forget to bring along some well read books and maybe take home something new and different - a perfect idea for winter really.
In keeping with the funky vibe, there is a well stocked kids corner with small guitars and bongo drums so children (and parents) can play along to the groove. If you're anywhere nearby, give this place a try, but be warned, you may walk out dancing and/or singing a funky tune. Yeah.