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Published February 22nd 2017
A Cosy Cafe in Alderley
The Little Nook Café is a suburban hideaway in the side streets of Alderley. It replaces the former La Casa Café, which was once on the same site. This sweet, little cafe is the only commercial space in an otherwise suburban street of mostly apartments and townhouses and my guess is that it was once a local, community store.
Guests enter via a rather steep set of stairs and through a pair of fire engine red, french doors. The interior of the café is fresh and bright with what looks to be original, cream painted VJ walls which only adds to the vintage sense of the building. The interior which is air-conditioned (and important in Queensland) offers spacious seating but it was the kids, colouring-in artwork displayed on the wall which caught my eye. A TV on the wall offered additional entertainment.
Arriving at the counter, I notice that the menu includes breakfast, and a selection of light snacks such as sandwiches, burgers, toasties, and chips. Since my visit was close to lunchtime, I decided on a ham, cheese and tomato toastie which arrived promptly along with a bottle of water. Tempting sweet treats like brownies, biscuits and muffins made for a nice finisher with coffee. The kids haven't been forgotten and have a choice of toasties, pancakes, chips and nuggets. For coffee addicts, the Little Nook Café offers a customer reward program with a free coffee after your 9th purchase.
With pooch by my side, we sat in the outdoors area (on the front curb) on the mix of black sofas and wicker chairs and watched Alderley residents attend to their day. A doggy water bowl provided welcome relief for my furry friend on a hot day. The Little Nook Café is open 7days from 6:00-4:30 on Mondays to Fridays and on the weekends between 7:00-3.00. Denman Street provides street parking but it is highly competitive so get in quickly. Otherwise, for a public transport option, the Alderley train station is also close by.