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Published August 7th 2016
Retail homewares emporioum
The undeniable black exterior of Taste
Award winning homewares emporium, Taste, has closed its doors in James Street, New Farm and bought its stellar style to Brisbane's Red Hill. Housed in a landmark 1875 building, Taste specialises in groceries, homewares, coffee and events.
The black caviar wood and brick exterior of the shop made it easy for me to find. Walking up the concrete stairs at the entrance and past baskets of fresh oranges and Pinklady apples, I made my way inside and was welcomed by a warm,country cottage look and feel. The original fireplace has been retained which is charming. A large communal table rests in the middle of the room for shared dining, along with window seating and outdoor wooden benches to take in the streetscape.
Fresh produce at the entrance to Taste
I found my way to the indoor cafe and ordered a Toby Estate coffee ($4.00) which arrived in a stark black cup and saucer. I also enjoyed an enticing lime and coconut cake ($7.00) to accompany it. Quality boutique products including Maleny milk and Jocelyns Provisions items line the shelves and large wooden chopping boards, saucepans and cooking utensils mean you can take a little piece of Taste home with you.
Toby Estate coffee
The downstairs area is earmarked for events like masterclasses and book launches. And if you want to stay longer, the old brick coach house at the back of the shop will be converted into an Airbnb accommodation space.
Thankfully Taste is open 7 days, so there is no excuse not to drop in, grab a quick bite to eat or stock up on your pantry.