Woollongabba, Brisbane – Revel in your favourite era whether that be the swinging sixties or sassy seventies! This antique centre claims to be the largest in Brisbane and I don’t doubt this, as you could literally spend an hour or more browsing the plethora of items for sale from vintage clothes through to homeware and furniture.
For me, it’s the beautiful garments that catch my eye, but, like op-shopping it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack, so on this specific occasion I was unlucky. Although I did spot some delicate silk blouses by Chanel, however they were chained to their hangers – a definite sign that they were beyond my budget!
Once you’re done soaking up your past or reliving a time before your time, refuel with a bite to eat in the café which sits in gems of past. It is light fair, but perfect for lunch. I was happy with my vegetarian toasted Turkish bread sandwich, with chargrilled veges and melted cheese. Other options include ham and turkey gourmet Turkish toasties, savoury tarts and salad as well as the sweet-toothed cakes and cookies.
My cappuccino came with a small surprise of a yellow smartie in the spoon, which made me smile. So in true Karma surprise spirit I donated $3.50 for a random customer to receive a complimentary coffee on my behalf. There is a yellow sign pinned to the coffee machine inviting you to do this, however the waitress was slightly dumbfounded when I offered my coins for the cause – obviously, it’s a rare occurrence.
Why not up the ante on good coffee Karma and shout someone a cuppa on your next visit?
View: Woollongabba Antique Centre; Visit: 22 Wellington Rd, Woollongabba; Call: +61 3392 1114; Open: 7 days 9am – 5pm; Wallet: Vegetarian Turkish Sandwich $9.90; Cappuccino $3.50.by