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The Secret Garden Cafe

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by Sandy Ludinski (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and diversional therapist, living in Brisbane's North West. I write for Weekend Notes, Must do Brisbane and Starts at Sixty. Visit my blogs at and
Published April 5th 2014
Can you keep a secret about this cafe location?
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It's cool and leafy in the Secret Garden!

You wouldn't expect to find this café in such a busy spot, but once inside, you forget you're sitting right next to a busy road.

The Secret Garden Café is hidden away amongst the Cottage Garden Nursery, gift shop, collectables and florist. There really is something here for everybody. If you're lucky like I was, you might just be there when there's a sale on. I picked up some great necklaces at reduced prices, in readiness for some upcoming birthdays.

I love wondering around the collectables and have picked up a few nice pieces for my collection, including a lovely decanter. Quirky furniture, bright and beautiful cushions, great little gift ideas, cool clothing and a range of jewellery await your credit card. A great variety of plants, herb and veggie seedlings, pots, gardening tools and garden ornaments can be found in the nursery which adds a lovely "green" feel to the place.

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Cool, flowing clothes are a real temptation, not to mention the jewellery and gifts!

The café is tastefully decorated and has a cool and elegant atmosphere with lots of greenery creating different areas. The staff here were very friendly and quick to take our order but we did have to wait a while for our order to arrive. This was a bit disappointing as we were there at a quieter time of day but I have to say it was worth the wait.

The choice of cakes was fabulous and making our choices took some serious contemplation. In the end I went for a fresh scone (which was served warm) with jam and cream whilst my friend ordered a lemon curd roll cake which she assured me tasted as good as it looked. I had been considering the white chocolate and Turkish delight cake (next time!) but was very happy with my light and fluffy scone.

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Browse through the beautiful home-wares for sale

The café is open for breakfast and lunch (see the website for further info). There is a small car park off Edgar Street, otherwise you'll need to park in the street. Allow plenty of time for your visit here as there's such a lot to see. I'd call and make a booking to avoid any disappointment if you're planning to visit for breakfast or lunch. Enjoy!
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Why? To browse, shop, eat and sip!
When: Mon - Fri 8am - 2.30pm, Weekend 7am - 2.30pm
Phone: 3391 1001
Where: East Brisbane
Cost: Depends on your restraint
Your Comment
I can't wait to read where you go next, Sandy! What a lovely review. I look forward to checking out the Cottage Garden soon.
by bluro (score: 0|9) 2595 days ago
We are always looking for great cafes and restraunts

We live in Maryborough,Qld
by oldies (score: 2|197) 2593 days ago
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