The bird-cage haven of Cocoawoo at 68 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, offers a welcome respite from the icy wind that whips through the city on a cold winter morning.
With its stylish plum interior, the café has been created to give the impression of patrons coming in from the hub into a tranquil ‘cage’.
Says owner, Brian Wu: “The idea is that people ‘fly’ in here to have a little peace and relaxation. We’ve created a welcoming ambience with the warm interior and soft music – it’s a haven for people stepping in from the stress of the CBD.”
The addition of hand-made chocolates is a point of difference to the many other coffee shops around the city – and the stand-up coffee bar idea came from Europe and Brian’s observation of Melbourne’s established coffee culture.
Patrons don’t have to sit down to enjoy their daily grind; instead, they can stand at the coffee bar and enjoy a cut-price cup of the amazing cocoa blend of Queensland’s Campos Coffee.
“It took a few weeks for people to become familiar with the idea but it’s now a popular concept and they enjoy standing chatting to friends or having a quick read of the newspaper.”
The café menu includes a variety of cakes, sandwiches and other treats such as a smooth chocolate fondue for two with a delicious selection of fresh fruit and marshmallows to dip.