Brisbane’s Bardon suburb: coffees, books and a 27-year-old op shop

Morgan Terrace in Brisbane is a quiet stretch that’s home to some really interesting shops and cafes.

Bardon Thyme opened late last year and has proven very popular with locals. It’s a quaint café in what was once the old convenience store and tram stop. It’s a dog-friendly café that offers a menu proud of its fresh, locally sourced produce. It’s open for breakfast and lunch and they also offer specialty coffee. 

Next door is the Logical Unsanity Books shed. It’s open 24/7, 365 days a year. All the books cost $1 or $2 and the store operates on an honesty system. Shoppers can come anytime, pick up a book they want and drop off a gold coin in the store’s money box.

Visitors are also encouraged to drop off their unwanted books so they can be resold.

One of Bardon’s best kept secrets is Bicare, a small op shop that opened 27 years ago. Bicare stands for brain-injured children after-care recovery endeavour, and monies raised at the op shop go to the Mater Children’s Hospital rehabilitation unit.

 Bicare raises about $90,000 to $100,000 per year.