There's something mysteriously appealing about a pop of sophistication dropped in an otherwise unassuming environment. Nestled between a booze shop and an Asian supermarket, the millennial pink Freaky definitely stands out on the somewhat barren Wakefield Street. This hidden gem is bound to appeal to those wanting to seem in the know.
And, luckily, the appeal goes beyond bragging rights. The Freaky menu is small but perfectly formed, with just five options. The fruit and nut-filled granola is the perfect, healthy option for an on-the-go breakfast, particularly when paired with the deliciously strong coffee.
For lunch there's the option of either some very naughty (but totally worth it) fried chicken or (a somewhat more wholesome but equally yummy) coriander and cumin falafel. You can have your indulgence of choice served as a burger or simply with the daily rotating side salad (which was a delicious pumpkin and celeriac number on the day we popped by). There's also a devilishly good croque monsieur on offer for those needing some extra comfort.
The hole-in-the wall serving area is beautifully and minimally decorated. Some pops of pastel pink and bright red, a few coffee table books and a surprisingly quant outdoor area (who knew beer crates could pose as dining furniture?) create a fun little place to hang — and a social media junkie's dream.
The brainchild and first venture of Logan Birch (of Prego and London's The Dairy) and Diva Giles opened on June 18 and seems to have already gained a following, with lines forming and chairs full by the time lunch rolls around. The cafe is bound to spell the beginning of bigger things for the duo.
Sometimes simplicity is the key to success. Freaky serves good food, good coffee, has friendly staff and a perfectly adorable vibe — they've nailed the art of creating a charming and uncomplicated cafe.