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Sugar 'n Spice Cafe

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by Praneel Lal (subscribe)
'I'm a foodie, fashionista and freelance copywriter. Follow me on twitter and instagram @neelsmcgee email on praneel_lal@hotmail.com'
Published July 9th 2012
Sugar 'n Spice is almost a blink-and-you'll-miss-it coffee and teahouse situated on the parameters of the busy Queen Street hub of Brisbane City. You will find this cosy little spot nestled next to a chocolate store (yes, resist the urge) on Adelaide Street. The immediate item that catches your attention will be the array of carefully selected teapots and cup sets from all corners of the globe. There are your china types, and your porcelain types. The standout for me was a selection in green, red, yellow, blue and pink of teapots with comic faces with mixed expressions on them, these were cute and a steal for only $15. I managed to resist as I find myself having more tea in the confines of a corporate office as opposed to my home. If you are a tea lover they do have a great selection, as well as some Eastern Chai varieties, which will warm the taste buds.

Sugar 'n Spice Coffee Entrance (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Sugar 'n Spice Coffee Entrance (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)


In the spirit of my soon-to-be move to London, I decided to share a traditional Earl Grey with my partner and take a quick peek at the savoury and sweets display window. Here was our downfall. There was a cute selection of Petit Fours, the standout being the delicately crafted caramel tarts for $2.50 each. We bypassed these and decided to 'upsize' to their Whoopies, yes Whoopies. The name did nothing in deterring us and neither did the price at $4.50 each. The best way I could possibly describe a Whoopie would be a larger version of a melting moment; a biscuit base and top, filled with a firm, flavoured buttercream filling that melts on your tongue. These large macaron-looking treats came in four sugary selections: Red Velvet (strawberry filling), Chocolate, Maple and Lemon. Maple was the winner and just like the other options provided an ample serve for two over afternoon tea.

Maple Whoopie (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Maple Whoopie (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)


The teahouse provided a nice afternoon escape from the busy Queen Street Mall. I guess being almost camouflaged (even though on a main road) does have its advantages as we were to slip away discretely and enjoy a tea and a treat on a surprisingly busy Sunday afternoon.

Delicate Teapot Display (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Delicate Teapot Display (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)



Window Display @ Sugar 'n Spice (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Window Display @ Sugar 'n Spice (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
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Why? Great tea, coffee, savoury and sweet items and customer service.
When: Monday - Sunday: early till 4-5pm
Phone: 07 3221 2222
Where: 210 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
Cost: Varies from $2.50 - $10 for sweets and $3.00 - $6.00 for tea and coffee
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