In its former life as a bus depot and toilet block, the building next to the New Farm ferry terminal was smelly, perpetually damp, and sometimes downright scary. Thankfully, after a lengthy renovation, its new incarnation as End of the Road coffee shop is a much more pleasant beast.
It's only post-renovation that it has become clear just how fantastic the location of End of the Road really is. Sitting on the intersection of New Farm Park, Brunswick Street and the Brisbane River, it's an idyllic place to while away a sunny afternoon. On the weekends it is perfectly placed to keep park-goers caffeinated, and on weekdays ferry commuters have the chance to grab a coffee and breakfast before their journey to work.
Inside, End of the Road is cute as a button. Blue walls, tiles and accents tie in with the riverfront location, comfortable indoor seating is great for small groups, and artwork from local artisans adorns the walls. The small deck, furnished with shaded tables and chairs, overlooks both the river and the park.
Your coffee comes from Central and South America via West End's The Coffee Roaster. A medium roast with notes of chocolate, raspberry and citrus, the award-winning blend will please connoisseurs. The beverage menu features all the usual suspects, with the juices, milkshakes and iced coffee providing respite through Brisbane's summer months. This iced coffee is the real deal, folks - ice and coffee - so you won't be sacrificing strength or flavour for your cold fix.
An ever-evolving all-day menu of snacks and treats is available, including light meals such as wraps, sandwiches, quiches, pies, bagels, pastries, cakes and muffins. The well-stocked ice cream fridge is also difficult to walk past. The best news is that most of the food will get you change from a ten dollar note.
Free WiFi is the cherry on top at End of the Road, so whether you're waiting for a ferry or researching your next novel, you can do so without endangering your data. There are also plenty of power points available.