Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published June 19th 2012
This bright red, brick and timber building caught my eye recently. Located in a light industrial area, just off Merivale Street in South Brisbane, the Paladar Fumior Salon stands out – a little slice of Havana in downtown Brisbane.
Upon closer inspection, I discovered that Paladar Fumior Salon is an espresso and cigar bar. I wandered in and ordered a latte. The interior (not much bigger than, well, a cigar box) is filled with colourful Cuban curios, cakes, and coffee (of course). The bean origin is Cuban and they roast it slightly longer than a standard espresso roast. The result is a rich, full-bodied, flavourful coffee. Although there is no seating inside, you can enjoy your coffee al fresco in their courtyard or on the rooftop patio.
The other speciality at the Paladar is Cuban cigars. If you're an aficionado, check out their humidor of habanos. Not only can you buy Cuban cigars here, you can also enjoy a night of social smoking with like-minded Cuban connoisseurs at the Paladar's Social Cigar Nite; held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm. Bookings are not required.
The Paladar Fumior Salon is located on the corner of Fish Lane and Merivale Street in South Brisbane. They are open Monday to Friday from 7am until 2pm.