Sam Davis is a freelance writer currently living in East London.
Published February 16th 2012
Brisbane has a bad habit of closing down potentially great public spaces. Alleys are dirty and disused or fenced off as no go areas, and when something does start to happen, it isn't long before it's closed down. Melbourne's relaxed approach to public dining and the public's right to use available space is what helps to make it such a vibrant city; while Brisbane's failure to follow suit is why so many of our friends now live in Melbourne.
So it's great to see something like the Valley's Winn Street Laneway thriving. Situated in a small alley behind The Zoo, Winn Street Laneway is home to the dynamic little Flamingo Cafe, Alarna Zinn's Little Jane Street stationers, and Sunday Social Vintage. There is room to grow, and more shops should be opening soon.
The Flamingo Cafe is an eclectic little place with seating spread out over the astro-turfed laneway, as well as in the 1950's pink dining room. The coffee is good, and the food is great, although the table service can be slow at times. The homemade sausage rolls (weekend's only) are particularly ace. Coffee starts at $3.50, and the food runs from $4 - $15.
Little Jane Street Designs makes and sells cute individual stationary. They have limited edition greeting card's, invitations and trinkets along with vintage typewriters, stylish notebooks and pens.
The Outpost stocks underground labels from local and global designers, as well as a range of magazines, books and music. It's the sister store of Valley fashion mainstay Blonde Venus, an impressive pedigree.
So next time yourself in the valley, step down a side street and see what you can find.