Take Your Coffee Break Among the Trees With Brisbane’s ‘Coffee Carts in Parks’

Local residents may soon be able to grab their morning java among the trees and footpaths of local parks, as Brisbane unveiled the new “Coffee Carts in Parks” initiative, which aims to bring mobile cafes to public green spaces across the city.

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The Gap parks identified as potential coffee cart locations are the Alfred & Lucina Best Park and Wittonga Park. Other parks nearby include Grinstead Park in Enoggera, Keperra Picnic Ground Park in Ferny Grove, and the Upper Kedron Recreation Reserve.

The expansion would allow residents to more conveniently pick up a hot cup of coffee whilst strolling through or resting in some of the district’s most beloved community hubs.

Wittonga Park (Photo credit: Camilla Browning/Google Maps) 

The push comes as Brisbane City Council works to streamline licensing and costs for vendors seeking to operate in Council-owned locales. The current roster of 15 approved coffee carts and 44 food trucks would grow under regulations making it faster and cheaper to set up shop in places like parks, playgrounds, and dog parks.

Coffee carts in parks
Photo credit: Michael Norris/Google Maps 

The annual registration fee to receive a permit would drop to $450 from the current semi-annual charge of $321.48. Locations would be vetted to prevent competition with existing cafes and restaurants nearby.

In addition to the Gap sites, nearly 60 locations citywide have been flagged as high potential areas during the Council’s early survey work. Comprehensive assessments remain underway to pinpoint both the best places and ideal operating hours catering to the community’s needs.

For many Brisbane families, a trip to a local park goes hand-in-hand with grabbing a quick bite or caffeine fix. The proposed “Coffee Carts in Parks” program would seamlessly blend these routines, offering residents a perfect place to refresh whilst staying connected to the outdoors. 

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If approved, the streamside tracks and playgrounds of the Gap may soon double as perfect places to grab a flat white or cold brew.

Published 23-February-2024