Artspace Espresso West End
Sophie Blackshaw | On 15, Jun 2014
Attention! An affordable Brisbane breakfast joint has been located!
In a city heavy with breakfast culture, but where breakfasts commonly cost upwards of $16, it can be a little tricky when it comes to finding a place you can hit up multiple times during the week without putting a gun to your bank balance’s face. This is where Artspace Espresso at the hilly, southern end of Boundary Street steps up.
Strolling past on my way to wherever last week, I stopped to look at their menu and was bewildered: all-day breakfast, with nothing costing more than $13?Â What do they serve? Weetbix?
Actually, as I found out the following day, they do an excellent fried mushroom quesadilla and an even better shredded apple bircher muesli thing with soft dried dates, yoghurt and milk on the side, priced at $7 and $8 respectively. THAT’S RESPECTABLE. For the two meals and a flat white, the total cost was $19 – that’s pretty incredible given the prices at the other end of Boundary easily double this, and for what? Toast with an egg and hard butter from a packet?
Artspace is run by Ben Stone, who I assume was the friendly tattooed guy that cooked my breakfast . A little research has shown that he’s a photographer and well, that makes sense – the cafe is riddled, in the best possible way, with framed and hung photographs and illustrations of great variety. I’m not sure if any are his works, but I did manage to notice, while in my food stupor, that many works had their artist’s name and a price attached. So if you’re feeling generous or arty, or both, you can get yourself a meal and something to make your home pretty.
Either way, Artspace Espresso was worth a rave. Not solely were the breakfast meals I tried delicious, but the atmosphere was great too. City and Colour/Dallas Green and the Red Hot Chili Peppers gently filled the sound void, and where many cafes lose out on weekend mornings with crowds and clutter and bustle, Artspace won on behalf of its small, calm, and homely but open feel.
By the way, the don’t do surcharges on public holidays.
What: Artspace Espresso
Where: 237 Boundary St West End.
Images via Artspace Espresso’s Facebook page.
You can check out their Facebook pageÂ here.