My home town is currently becoming a bit of a cafe-haven. There seems to be a new cafe popping up on every corner, with the highest concentration of them is the newly revived Heritage Precinct. The top of town’s Heritage Precinct is seeing all the beautiful old buildings being revived with new and old shop owners embracing the gorgeous original buildings and other-world-vibe. The best part for the locals is that the cafe’s on offer aren’t your average cookie-cutter cafes, but all offer a unique twist and personality of their own, allowing the everyone to have their own personal favourite. And my favorites is Rafter & Rose.
Rafter & Rose is located off the main thoroughfare Brisbane Road, and is tucked away in a small Laneway on Ellenborough St. It truly is an almost hidden secret, because it doesn’t give anything away from the street front but as you walk into the small laneway the cafe comes to life with an array of tables made from old pallets, a flourish of succulents and fernery, live acoustic music and the welcoming comfort of a cosy atmosphere.
But the amazing atmosphere isn’t the best part, the food is! With a selection of hand made cakes catering to all food intolerance, including dairy free, gluten free and vegan, there is sure to be a naughty treat to suit everyone and that is just with the sweets. Rafter & Rose also offer a fantastic menu of the day that offers up scrumptious meals to satisfy the taste buds. My favourite is currently the Vege Toastie, filled with pumpkin, haloumi, caramelised onions, spinach and basil – and yes it is as delicious as it sounds. I normally like to team this with a Soy Chai Latte, or in the warmer months an Iced Tea, which isn’t what you would normally expect with frozen berries floating in a sparkling and refreshing tea.