Like many former, one-time corner stores, Qwerk Espresso has been transformed and given a new life as a local community cafe. It is located on the corner of York Street and Kedron Brook Road – at the entrance to the vibrant and bustling Wilston Village. Wilston itself, is located approximately three kilometres from the Brisbane central business district,
How will I know when I'm there?
Qwerk is easy to spot with a large white painted sign on the top of the brown shop exterior making it clear that you have arrived. Stepping up into the short flight of entry steps and you are greeted by the indoor seating area and the counter. The interior side wall is painted a citrus, lime green and makes a definite statement.
Pup and I sat outside in the front paved area (which has a slight slope) and features eclectic, mismatched, industrial styled furniture. Some chairs have cushions, some tables catch a glimpse of Brisbane's cityscape and nearly all seats can enjoy the passing breeze on a cool day. The shading of sidewalk trees adds to the coolness and greenery and 2 benches provide a great vantage point to watch the passing traffic. There is even a parking station for bikes to cater for the Sunday riders who often call by after a morning cycle. Open, sliding windows connect the inside to the out and give an airy feel as well as making it easy to make and collect your coffee.
Now….what to eat? Qwerk operates as counter service. Aromas is the coffee of choice (one of my favourites) and it didn't fail to delight as well as being reasonably priced at $3.50. The saucers are even green to match the wall. Smoothies, milkshakes and juices (like the Frooty Tooty, Green Machine and Cleanser) are also on offer. The Qwerk menu includes breakfast and light lunch options with many standard favourites like fruit toast and banana bread (both $6.00), Organic Byron Bay muesli ($10.00), ham and cheese croissants ($6.50). For something more filling there's the Omelette on sourdough ($10.00), Eggs Benedict ($12.00), or the Smashed Avo on Sourdough ($11.00)
Qwerk is open 7 days. The team are early starters, opening from 5am on weekdays and from 6am on weekends. Street parking is available in Kedron Brook Road and the suburban York Street. Public transport is at the doorstop – literally, with the number 19 bus station right outside. When you are in a hurry but still need your coffee hit, why not text through your order and Qwerk will have it ready for you when you arrive. Now that's qwerky.