If you're ever in Maleny and on the lookout for a place to eat, make a visit to Shotgun Espresso Cafe for a genuine experience of hinterland hospitality- featuring good local food, and friendly service. This boutique town would not be the same without Shotgun Espresso. Located at the top of Maleny, the pastel green doors of this quaint cafe are always open to say ''Welcome''.
My most recent visit there was on a freezing cold morning and I was in need of something hot to warm me up. There were already a few early bird customers seated at tables reading the newspaper, and the kitchen was alive with the tinkering sounds of cooking. The fragrant and rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafted through the air, and was enough to warm me up! Exactly what you want to like smell inside a cafe!
On first impression, Shotgun Espresso has a lot of character and appeal. This is created by the cafe decor, the presence of friendly staff, a wholesome approach to sourcing food (they favour an ethical, garden to plate ethos), and it has a pleasant familiarity about it, as though it could be your own home. A collection of lovely plants, framed art and salvaged secondhand finds, decorate the tables, walls and shelves. Vintage books line shelves and a selection of magazines are available to read. If you like visiting cafes to read, write in your journal, or just to have a quiet solitary moment with a strong coffee, this is the perfect place.
It is also a very lively, social cafe. Outside, there is ample outside seating for larger groups. Down a laneway flanked by pot plants and a vibrantly coloured mural wall, is a light-filled courtyard. This is where the cafe garden is currently being established. At the moment, a passion fruit vine thrives there along with an array of herbs.
I've never been disappointed when it comes to food and coffee here. The barista staff always produce excellent Campos coffee and wait staff are consistently efficient. Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options are available. Wholesome sandwiches, green salads, and scrumptious looking cakes are displayed in cabinets in attractive flavours like Persian orange and almond, or pear and blueberry-you'll definitely take a while deciding which sweet treat to choose.
A love for food is reflected in their menu which also has a French influence. Their delicate, buttery crepes with lemon curd are a breakfast favourite of mine and there are rosewater crepes to try too.
So here's a new cafe to keep in mind if you're ever in Maleny. You will not be disappointed with your experience!