There are many things to like about Bungalow Cafe. As you walk up the steps, it feels like you are walking into someones living room. A quietly fashionable someone, who has a love of flower arrangements, quotation books, incense and cake. There are always smiley staff, taking out pretty trays of open sandwiches, coffee, pastries and more.
The lovely Giovanni and her chocolate poodle X BB King can often be found unpacking new retail goodies and lounging on the floor (respectively!). Today my son and I have stopped in for some yummy banana chocolate cake, choc chip cookies and milk.
There is a slightly morroccan, old-world charm to the interior. The buildings old terranium room to the side has been refashioned with a large dining table surrounded by wall seating with an eclectic abundance of cushions. Small tables mingle with treasures for sale. Baskets, cushions, bags, jewellery, incense, books and homewares are scattered on shelves and on sweet antique look furnishings, also for sale.
The warmth and generosity of this place and the people who make it happen, shows in everything they do. There is a book swap shelf on the front porch, water bowls for puppies and a vintage tricylce that children love to sit on.
Coming soon, Bungalow is expanding across the road, to a tranquil spot, set back from the street. I’m told it will hold an open commercial kitchen to pump out the yummies available here and house an intimate gallery/furniture store. Giovanni envisions a welcoming community space that will feature artworks, photography and live music from local musicians.
The Bungalow experience has me lingering longer every time I drop by. The wholesome range is small, but more than enough to satisfy any pallet. The staff are lovely and always remember me. And with such a warm atmosphere already, I cant wait to see the new venue in full swing 🙂