New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published August 3rd 2015
A cafe so industrial, it has pallets on the ceiling
Wheat and Oats Boutique Grocer and Café is set amongst a mix of commercial and industrial businesses in Phillip, so it is busy with local workers as well as locals stopping by for a quiet coffee or meal.
As you drive along, it is a little hard to find as there isn't any signage above the café (at the time of writing). However, you turn the bend and spot the pallet leaning against the wall and red wheelbarrows out the front...
This café has been open since February and the two owners are also the owners of the Hungry Buddha in Curtin, a few suburbs away. After reading about the café and the owners, it was refreshing to be served at the counter by one of the busy owners Lachhu Thapa - who also runs a Himalayan tour company and a Bed and Breakfast in Nepal.
The café itself is a lot larger than you expect from the outside and is wall to wall in industrial style. With pallets on the roof, a long communal bench, a ladder on the wall hanging menu's and colourful drums around the outside of the café, it has all the ingredients of a modern café which would fit in on any city café strip.
As you walk in there is seating along the window with pallet flowerboxes.
The glass display cabinet shows off quiches and savoury rolls as well as home made muffins, scrolls (from local company Mr Schrolls) and cakes - so the sweet tooth customer is also catered for.
When we visited, we enjoyed a cappuccino (which comes in a small cup, however you can ask for a larger cup size) and toasted Sweet Bones Banana Bread with butter and passion fruit syrup which was delicious.
The Grocer part of the establishment sells all local produce such as streaky bacon from Pialligo Estate, jams from Pialligo Farm, Little Monster Chocolate handmade in Canberra, a big variety of teas and mainly local and organic foods which reflect the cafes health conscious values. There is shelving around the outside of the café to display the unique products for sale.
Wheat and Oats Grocer and Café is open for breakfast on the weekend, which is popular with locals. With plenty of parking outside and close to Westfield Shopping Centre, it is central to weekend activities.
Nearby in Phillip other cafes include Hansel and Gretal Café and Lava Espresso - all of them unique to each other in style and experience.
This café is suited for a quiet moment to chat with friends, to have a coffee on your own or to enjoy a leisurely meal, while life continues on busily outside. If you work or live locally, it is an interesting place to keep popping into to try out their different international dishes.
Whilst there, you can't help but admire the industrial touches and look up at the pallets all over the ceiling...
Wheat and Oats - an unexpected surprise in industrial Phillip.