For a long time, the suburbs were the epitome of uncool; somewhere you ventured for tea with relatives before scurrying back to civilisation (i.e. anywhere with good coffee and a Wifi connection). Well, while you were busy Instagraming your CBD cinnamon swirl, the 'burbs officially got cool. From Shutter and Brew in Wavell Heights to Kenmore's Single Guys, Brisbane's out-of-town dining spots are fast becoming culinary destinations.
Abode Cafe, in the depths of Taringa, is the latest suburban hideaway to tempt us from the big city lights. Starting out as a coffee cart outside the Hillsdon Road Centre, Abode moved into the historic building and sprawled out to encompass a courtyard area earlier this year. Financial planner-turned-baker Bronwyn Jukes and husband Peter are the team behind the cafe and have wasted no time pulling in the locals with their killer brunch offerings and selection of sweet treats.
As the name suggests, Abode is all about the homely feel. Shelves are stacked with nicely aged jars and the warm wooden floors and a sloping ceiling make it the perfect hideaway for the coming winter months. If it's still warm enough to bask in the courtyard, you'll be able to admire the greenery from one of the inviting yellow benches.
The menu is similarly comforting, with a short but carefully chosen selection of breakfast favourites including avocado and almond butter on toast, baked eggs with capsicum jam, and yoghurt-drenched muesli. Highlights from the cake cabinet include caramel slice and sour cream and pear cake, as well as trusty slabs of banana bread.
The real jewels in Abode's crown, however, are the mince and the quince: the former savoury and smothered on toast, and the latter combined with spiced plum and apple in jars of Bronwyn's delicious homemade jam.
When it comes to coffee, whispers of 'best in Brisbane' are already surrounding Abode. Organic beans from local roasters, Black Sheep Coffee, definitely help, as well as their smoothly textured milk and iced coffee varieties. Tea drinkers are also kept happy with a range of herbal combinations; all of which are made in-house. Is anyone else wondering whether it's too early to retire to the suburbs?
Originally from the UK, Phoebe swapped the rainy city of Manchester for the Sunshine State and has enjoyed getting to know its golden beaches and giant pineapples. When not feverishly writing for VICE, the Guardian, Pedestrian - and of course The Urban List - she can be found on the yoga mat or hunting down new Brisbane coffee spots.
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