Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Queen Street, Croydon

einstein, bike, street art, croydonQueen Street seems to be just springing onto everybody’s lips in Adelaide, making a claim on some local buzz as a spot for breakfast if you’re tired of Hutt Street or Hyde Park, and a location for dreamy Saturday lurking. It's also a bit of an arts hub, home to some of the 2011 SALA venues and hosting a mid-winter street party for the opening of the festival.
There’s a faint whiff of hipsterism in the air, signified by oddments of the paste-up street art that’s infiltrated Adelaide recently in a big and bewitching way, and the just mildly-inefficient-seemingly-decorated-from-a-reclamation-yard but deliciously innovative cafes-cum-Macbooker-offices (I’m thinking of Let Them Eat — amazing fully vegetarian menu and a cabinet of scrumptious cakes). But with its sweetly painted stobie poles, tween- and post-war glassed shopfronts, and quiet residential location, Croydon’s got just enough community charm and an out-of-the-way feeling that makes it a peaceful and endearing retreat from the city and a nice alternative to big cousin King William Street for brunch. The Red Door Bakery is attracting foodie attention, while shoppers will love the (mildly pricey) vintage on offer and the one-offs of furniture, home goods and stationary at One Small Room.

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