I am a sucker for ambience. Well who isn’t? But it has to be the right kind of ambience and I like the brand that Hoi Polloi Coffee Shop dishes up. The shop is at the Denham Lane or back entrance of Agora House (1910) which fronts Flinders Street East.
If you took our table and the ex-storage room it sits in at face value, you would say the A here was industrial. But then your eye is drawn to the back corner of this not large space where it becomes more like your (eccentric) uncle’s library. See the array of microscopes…
They were a bit under the pump when we arrived about 10.30 a.m. on Saturday and while I waited for our order to be taken my eyes danced around the space.
Our industrial finished table was wobbly, but our goodies arrived just as we were about to jump ship, so we stayed put.
Next ship in the harbour looked interesting too.
After enjoying our medium flat white, small cappuccino and American Cheese Cake (a light filling wedged between a delicious crumbly base and a just right thickness choc top) $15.50, I took a hike up the stairs and along the hallway, past the hairdressers and A Few Beautiful Things gift shop, to check out the seating area on Flinders Street East.
As we drove by the Denham Lane entrance, Hoi Polloi was spilling over with a young Uni crowd, but by the time we were seated an inter-generational crowd had moved in.
The outside art work is a mix of Melbourne’s HAHA and local Kennie Deaner who was commissioned by the TCC to add life to Denham Lane with a mural.
Meanwhile if you find a huge rat atop your car – don’t freak – it is a painting by Belgian street artist ROA – also responsible for the Big Croc and Goanna elsewhere in the City.
I love this addition to the Townsville Coffee Scene. Check the Hoi Polloi Facebook page for opening times. Currently it is mornings only till about 11.30 weekdays and 1 p.m. on Saturday but that could change. The cake range has recently been expanded from Muffins and although I forgot to ask I didn’t see any sign of Gluten Free options.
Where do you get your Coffee fix?
This post is part of #feetonmyhometown an Instagram Challenge for the month of October by Fairlie of Feet On Foreign Lands blog. You can see today’s photo in my Instagram Feed.