Tucked away on the second floor of discrete retail space on O'Connell Street is where you find what is now officially my favourite place for coffee in Newtown.
The ground floor of Berkelouw houses an ecclectic range of new books and gifts. As we'd (just) survived peak hour traffic, Mr SSG and I both went straight up the stairs in search of coffee and food. It was a rare occasion where my hunger overpowered my urge to window shop and browse.
Walking up the wooden staircase to the cafe was like entering the cosy attic or studio that achingly hip friend from uni who could turn everything into memorable art.
There were wooden book cases piled high with a wide range of interesting, almost new condition secondhand books. classified by subject for non fiction and author for fiction. Which is hardly a surprise but still it had to be said. Regulars made themselves comfortable at their favourite tables with their computers and browsed the shelves as they waited for coffee or inspiration or perhaps both. It was the way I wish the libraries at uni operated.
I found one of Sophie Lee's novels on my travels.
I've always been fascinated by Sophie. She managed to survive the sex symbol tag when she first burst into the public eye as a host of a childrens' cartoon program to become the person she wanted to be. An author, an actress, a mother and a partner. And all without a dependence on reality television or tabloid publicity stunts to promote each phase of her career and each milestone of her life. In control of her own destiny.
I could have spent all morning reminiscing about the past but our morning tea had arrived. There is a full kitchen as part of the cafe at Berkelouw and the walls are stacked high with all sorts of ingredients. I have a sneaking suspicion the cheesecakes are made in house. We ordered a mango baked cheesecake and it was get out of town one of the best cheesecakes I've had at a cafe in ages.
|Despite the number of books and the number of seats in the cafe, it still felt airy due to the great natural light and open floor length windows.|
Looking back at my photos, I realize they all have a languid feel to them. Partly because of the light and the general Newtown vibe but also because I went hipstamatic for today's review. All this iPhone 5 news is very exciting. I have heard rumours that we are talking of an 8 megapixel camera with a new lens come October 4. I'm in based on this alone. I love the photos I get with my iPhone and hipsta, especially now that there are all these new lens and films packs coming out all the time.
As I alluded to earlier, seriously the best coffee in Newtown. No burnt aftertaste, perfect temperature, top grade cocoa.
Oh sigh. Retro, deconstructed style everywhere I looked.
Inner city landscapes looked back at me from the windows.
If I sat in one of those easy chairs, I don't think I'd ever leave.
Mr SSG was quite content with his flat white but alas, that was not bottomless and when he had drained his cup, we had to hit the road.
There was a friendly sight back on street level, the local T2 store's window display.
My favourite tea and coffee on the same street, how good is that?