Once Around The Block: Windsor Road, Red Hill

Did you know Red Hill is one of Brisbane’s oldest suburbs? That explains why the area is dotted with some beautiful old buildings, like Little Red Providore! It’s an old corner store, originally built in the 1870s.

Janelle Mogridge runs it with husband Glen and their daughter.

“You walk in and a lot of people feel that history,” she said. “The floorboards are all original; fireplace, even the glass in the windows is the original cash grocer glass.”

The pressed coffee is amazing, and you can enjoy it amongst the buzz of other café-goers, or head downstairs to a quieter area of the café.

The Foundry is another of the area’s old buildings and houses a collection of unique businesses.

“It’s like an artisan collective,” Janelle said. “There’s a gorgeous furniture builder over there: architects, sign writers, honey producers.”

At the southern end of Windsor Road, you’ll find the Windsor Road Baptist Church, and underneath that, another little hidden gem – The Thrift Shop and Eternity Boutique.

It’s been running for over 30 years–completely non-profit–and helping various charities along the way. It’s renowned for the high quality of available items. Head along to the pop-up shop on Thursday evenings and you might even spot a few designer brands!

Keeping to the vintage theme, Gramps Café will have you feeling nostalgic from the moment you set foot in the door.

Owner Adam Murphy has decked the place out with exactly that nostalgia in mind.

“The premise of the café is to feel kind of like you’re at your grandpa’s house and you can put your feet up and enjoy yourself,” he said. “Trying to emulate what your grandpa’s house looks like… old paintings on the wall. We’ve got a lot of armchairs and old, sort of dainty lampshades.”

The menu also puts a spin on the name, focusing on home-cooked meals with a lot of pickling in house!