Secret in the Suburbs

Is it just us or is the stress of uni life already weighing you down?

Not even a week into our academic year and we both were in desperate need of a serious mood booster. Well that is what we told ourselves to feel better about eating out once again. Our bank accounts may disagree.

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We thought the Lewin Street Store in Bardon was the absolute perfect place to wind down. Not that expensive, but oh so yummy. This adorable coffee spot takes the concept of the local corner store to a whole new level. From chocolate paddle pops to Barambah yogurt, Lewin St Store has got you covered. As if the café couldn’t get any better, they make a point to use locally produced goods. Whether it’s the honey coming from hives two streets away or the herbs and vegies supplied by an assortment of locals.

It also makes a great spot to get a happy snap or two.


Soon after we took our seats, our coffee order was taken and we were able to look over the eclectic menu with gusto.

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Served in vintage cups, the Genovise coffee was spectacular. No wonder the Bardon locals have been keeping this a secret for awhile.

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And now to the food.

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Muesli, fruit and Barambah yogurt ($9) for Anna


Banana loaf with hand-churned butter ($6) for Annie


Avocado, feta, lemon, dukkah and herbs on organic sourdough ($12) for our foodie friend.


The meals were the perfect start to an early weekend. Making Lewin Street Store rank high on our lists of breakfast hotspots.

WARNING.. get in quick, because Lewin Street Store will not be kept a secret for much longer.

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Annie wears:

  • Jumpsuit- Urban Outfiters
  • Shoes- Jeffery Campbell
  • Sunglasses- Le Specs

Anna wears:

  •  Shirt- Zara
  • Shorts- Premonition
  • Shoes- Rubi Shoes
  • Sunglasses- Supa Sundays
  • Watch- The Fifth
  • Clutch- Mimco

Monday Pick-Me-Ups

Monday mornings are always tough, however with uni starting up again, our’s was especially bad.

There was only one thing to do.

Go out for breakfast.


We choose Brisbane CBD as our destination, with cold drip coffees being a necessity. We needed the energy to make it through our 10am lecture. Bonsai Botanika on Elizabeth Street was where we found the caffeine hit we needed and a decadent brekky to go with it. This cafe is known for its Japanese cuisine, but its location, trendy interior and unique fusion menu make it ideal for a Monday morning pick me up.

FullSizeRender(1)We started with the much needed cold drip coffee which was far superior to our usual soy capps. Essentially a deconstructed iced coffee, the drink was served in separate beakers. We became our own personal baristas, making the coffee exactly to our tastes. Certainly a theatrical way to start our breakfast.

Just check out that brew!


Our meals were just as great.

It was the perfect place to opt out of our usual avo on toast and instead pick something a little more fancy, and goodness didn’t we. Between us we choose the Sourdough French Toast ($12) and the Rice Pudding ($12). Both dishes were beautifully presented and great value, perfect for our uni student budget.

The rice pudding was a great consistency, with the poached pear being the perfect accompaniment to break through the sweetness of the dish. It was a warm and heartening dish, a perfect comfort meal.


The french toast was a refreshing take on the traditional. Not nearly as sweet or heavy, the choice to serve it with fresh fruit and yogurt was incredibly well-received. Despite being a touch burnt, the dish was beautifully presented.

Just take a look for yourself.

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Bonsai Botanika cured our Monday-itis and we would recommend it as the perfect place to start a busy week.

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