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Redcliffe's Best Cafes

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Published July 6th 2013
Sun, Sand, Sea and Coffee
Four Corners, Four Cafes

Just 30 minutes from Brisbane, the Redcliffe Peninsula comprises a picturesque combo of sun, sand and sea.

In 1824, it was the site of the first European settlement in Queensland.

Today, skirted by the refreshing breeze and vast sea-life of Moreton Bay, this gorgeous area boasts some of the North Side's most delightful cafes and restaurants.

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Here is a selection of arguably the four finest, from the four corners of Redcliffe:

NORTH: Valori Espresso Lounge and Gallery

For excellent coffee, regular art workshops and monthly art exhibitions

There was once a mocha, splendidly creamy and aromatic.

It was made for me by a Valori Espresso Lounge barista whose hip attire matched the café's artsy interior, and whose cheer was fantastically infectious.

My sister: Could I trouble you for a marshmallow? Barista: You can trouble me for several!)

Sadly, this particular mocha didn't even last long enough for me to take a photo.

But never fear – there's more where it came from.

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).

Where: 71c Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough
When: Mon-Tue (08.00-16.30) Thu (08.00-12.00) Fri-Sat (08.00-16.30)
Contact: 0402 702 142

EAST: Kashmir Cafe and Gift Galleria

For beautiful views over Moreton Bay, a relaxing ambience and gorgeous gifts

Though snuggled between an abundance of cafes and restaurants along the Redcliffe seaside, Kashmir stands out as a bright, organic sanctuary.

The Cafe and Gift Galleria's specialty is home-made, vegetarian and gluten-free food. In fact, all of Kashmir's produce is gluten-free.

But from outside, my first thought was – Wow! An indoor craft market!

Inspired by the East, Kashmir's gifts and artworks blend with the café set-up, creating a holiday atmosphere.

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.

Where: 59 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, 4020
When: Tue - Fri (09:30 - 16:00) Sat – Sun (10:00 - 16:00)
Contact: 0432 689 914

SOUTH: Feelgoodz

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.

A Master-Chef enthusiast? Feelgoodz provides one-on-one cooking courses to help you develop recipe ideas and improve your technique.

(Also in the area is the splendid Something Moore-ish cafe).

Where: 14 Oxley Avenue, Woody Point, 4019
When: Mon (09.00-15.00) Tue-Sun (07.00-17.00)
Contact: (07) 3284 7150

WEST: Neli Coffee Roastery

For excellent coffee, regular art workshops and monthly art exhibitions

Didn't know Redcliffe had its own local coffee roaster?
Neither did I until, one fateful day, I took a walk through the Clontarf industrial area.

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?)

Stay too long and you may never want to leave.

Where: u4/293 Macdonnell Rd, Clontarf QLD 4019
When: Tue-Fri (08.00-16.00) Sat (08.00-14.00)
Contact: (07) 3284 9909
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Where: Redcliffe, Moreton Bay
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Been to Valori Espresso. Would totes recommend it!
by kmcgu (score: 1|13) 2775 days ago
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