Delicious mochas aside, the Valori Espresso Lounge and Gallery is a newcomer to Scarborough's ocean-view stretch. Funky but humble, the café has become a hang out for locals and a haven for musos, artists and other creative sub-cultures.
The café roasts local Neli Coffee and offers a tasty selection of locally-made cakes and cookies.
The cafe sells monthly-changing art as well as notebooks, cards and jewelry made by Lisa Hepburn from recycled plant materials.
(While you're in the area, hit the Sugar Deli for some sweet delights).
The café and gift galleria serves lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
Try the lentil patties (15.95) – a humble name for a delicious meal, seasoned with Kashmir's secret blend of spices.
The chicken pakoras (16.95) is also favourite amongst Redcliffe locals. The strips of tenderloin chicken come in a crisp chickpea batter, delicately spiced, fried and served with raita and sweet chilli.
If you're an organic drinks person, definitely go for a real chai latte. None of this powdered flavouring and sugar business – Kashmir's chai lattes get their flavour from real chai tealeaves. Served with honey, this refreshing drink couldn't get more natural.
NOTE: Kashmir is currently up for sale, so I'd suggest checking this café out soon.
For creamy gelati, gourmet products and cooking classes
Vegans and lactose-intolerants rejoice! Overlooking the calm waters of Bramble Bay and Woody Point's historic jetty, Feelgoodz serves (amongst other things, but most importantly) dairy-free gelati and sorbets.
Indeed, Feelgoodz caters for most dietary requirements, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available also.
Lunching? Indulge in a Spanish omelette (open pan omelette with grilled capsicum, tomato and red onion, 14.90), or a deli platter (platter of small good meats, Australian cheeses, olives, Tasmanian salmon, salad greens, grilled vegetables, crackers and dip, 14.90 for one or 26.90 for two).
The homey café also serves weekly gourmet creations like grilled crocodile on citrus salad and grilled harissa lamb (served on a Turskish roll with tomato salsa, baby spinach leaves and new potatoes).
While waiting for your order, you can browse a large selection of imported and local food products, gift ideas and take-home packets of ground Veneziano coffee beans.
COFFEE, said a large sign above the Neli Coffee boutique.
It wasn't a question, but my answer was "Yes please."
Neli Coffee, as I discovered, is a family-owned, award-winning boutique coffee roastery.
Sourcing premium beans from around the globe and roasting them with fine precision, the boutique sells day-fresh coffee to both wholesale and retail customers.
Its calm, shack-like interior, combined with the hearty aroma of the coffee roasting process takes you miles away from the world outside, and to that place you'd rather be.
If you're in the hospitality industry, you may already know Neli Coffee is Queensland's agent for Lelit espresso machines and grinders, and also sells a complete range of barista essentials to cater for the coffee enthusiast.
If not, feast your eyes instead on these words:
Beautiful vanilla imported from the Solomon Islands (each package includes two whole beans, 4.95).
Back to the shack, the expert staff are more than happy to help you find your ideal coffee (Latte? Mocha? Piccolo?)