Hidden down the back streets of Albion among the warehouses, it was purely by accident that I stumbled across Vieille Branche, and I am so glad I did. The cafe scene in Brisbane is really starting to present a very mixed and eclectic style as each place tries to show off it’s unique twist. This is one of the most interesting places I have enjoyed a cup of coffee and I was so happy to have my camera with me to take a few snaps!
I was actually there with my mum to watch my brother play a game of Rugby when we parked the car on Fox street and stepped out in front of this intriguing cafe. From the outside this appears to be just another warehouse, however the red awning and potted plants tell you there is more than first meets the eye. A simple chalk board sign told us this was a French Farmhouse so we couldn’t very well continue down the road without first taking a look inside.
As we walked towards the entrance, in true French style, a cute and friendly little dog walked out to greet us. It was like I was back in Paris!
Just before you step into the cafe is the entrance to Fox Gardens – a quaint little garden that reminded me of childhood dreams about finding my own ‘secret garden’ with hidden areas to explore.
Once we walked into the warehouse, mum and I knew we had instantly found our new favourite coffee shop! The various collections of items from furniture to books to photographs and even a bicycle, hung from the roof and covered the walls. It really is the definition of an eclectically styled space.
We ordered coffee and a pastry and chose a seat on some old French style lounge chairs just admiring the different textures and items around us.
Vieille Branche also does a range of different classes and we witnessed a group participating in a spoon carving class. They put all of the classes on their website, so be sure to check it out what is coming up next – I certainly will be!
Overall it was a really fun experience stumbling upon something so different to the normal coffee shop. I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the overall vibe of the place and I will be sure to return again. I feel like it is a place that you could return to over and over again and still see things that you missed before.
I want to know what is the most interesting cafe you have ever visited? Let me know in the comments!