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Published June 26th 2020
Grab a coffee by the Brisbane River
In the wake of COVID 19 and the national and wide restrictions, many businesses have needed to adapt quickly. Some have modified what they offer and how they supply their services in order to stay open. The creation of Oxlade Cafe at New Farm is one example where adjusting to change can be a winner for businesses and their customers.
Oxlade Cafe is the younger sibling of Events on Oxlade – a hospitality business and function centre in New Farm, Brisbane servicing wedding, special and corporate events. The cafe popped up after events at Events on Oxlade were impacted by the pandemic restrictions.
Enjoy a Break Overlooking the Brisbane River We found the cafe easily and there are many landmarks to mark the spot. Oxlade Cafe neighbours the Merthyr Bowls Club (home to many a Sunday of barefoot bowls session) and is parallel to Brisbane's much loved New Farm Park and edgy performance space, The Brisbane Powerhouse .
The cafe is at the back of the function centre – a historic rounded building which is itself interesting having once been the Naval Officers Club, (established by the United States Navy during World War 2) and close to the Brisbane Submarine Base at New Farm.
After stepping up to the counter and buying a red cup of Vivo coffee ($4.50 for a small take away), from one of the friendly staff, we grabbed a white folding chair and sat at one of the outdoor tables under a mature fairy-lit Jacaranda tree on the grassy green lawn. For something more relaxing, you can also bring a soft picnic blanket and some cushions and sit on the grass or on the river's edge beside the parks walking and bike paths.
There are many things to like about Oxlade Cafe. The interior and counter space is simple, sure and it does have a pop-up look but once you get something to eat and drink, it's hard to beat its spectacular location in one of Brisbane's premier streets – Oxlade Drive. Just the name signals riverfront, so that means that the cafe has direct access to the Brisbane River and the banks of beautiful Merthyr Park and just 2 kms from the city centre.
With the winding Brisbane River meandering past the cafe, visitors can watch a parade of commuter CityCat ferries, private vessels gliding along the water and speeding jet skis jumping along the river to form tiny waves as envying some pretty impressive riverfront homes and moored boats.
The cafe vibe is relaxed and comfortable, attracting a range of age groups from millennials, to mums and bubs and seniors. It's also quiet. No loud background music or wait staff constantly coming by your table.
The Menu As well as coffee, the cafe serves light meals for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast burritos (vego, vegan and cerdo) range from $8-12. The burgers are $12 (breakfast, Angus, beef, spicy karaage chicken and pulled pork). There are also cakes, salads, and pastries. Naked Berry smoothies, are available to finish off. You can also text ahead of your visit.
Oxlade Cafe also operates a rewards program for repeat coffee purchases with the 10th one free.
For something fun and environmentally friendly, dispose of your used waste and also cast your 'yes' or 'no' vote on a topical question like 'Did Carole Bakin kill her husband?' You know her as the big-cat animal activist who is known through her association with mullet-wearing, zookeeper Joe Exotic. What is your verdict?
Well, my verdict is that Oxlade Cafe is a welcome addition to the New Farm cafe scene, giving us all the chance to enjoy the very best of the river city, particularly at a time when its good to turn to nature for some respite from the pains of the world.
If you decide to try Oxlade Cafe, you are actually spoilt with transport options and modalities. The 196 council bus stops outside Oxlade Drive. There is a parking bay for cyclists if you choose to ride. Perhaps take a council bike with a City Cycle stop outside. Street parking is available in Oxlade Drive or on-site. Or my personal favourite is to get out onto the river and take a CityCat ferry with stops in Sydney Street and New Farm both accessible to the cafe
Oxlade Cafe is located at 50 Oxlade Drive, New Farm. Click here for trading times.