Wooloowin welcomes new hidden brunch oasis Shambhala Espresso
First, a little lesson in Sanskrit. Shambhala is a Sanskrit term meaning a place of peace, tranquility and happiness. It is a mythical paradise kingdom spoken of in many ancient texts, a place where one can find true bliss. Although it may be mythical in texts, a leafy garden espresso bar of the same name has made a home for itself in Wooloowin to offer the tranquil bliss you seek – especially if your idea of bliss is all-day breakfast and coffee.
Shambhala Espresso is the creation of siblings Chrystalla and Harry Andreou, who have long dreamed of opening a cafe together. Stumbling across a little garden nook on Woolloowin’s Shaw Road, the pair decided to create an oasis where visitors could sit back and relax with coffee in hand, enjoying good food in the cafe’s tranquil, leafy surrounds. You can shimmy your way into the cushion-clad bench seating to settle in for a while, or park your keister on a stool at the bench or counter for a quick bite on the go.
Chrystalla brings years of hospitality experience into Shambhala and her passion for delicious food and drink exudes from her. Many of the sweet treats in the front counter she bakes herself, and the all-day menu showcases seasonal local produce. House-made granola bowls and salmon, dill and caper cream cheese bagels will get you off to a light start, or you can tuck into classics such as bacon eggs benedict with mustard-infused hollandaise and Reuben sandwiches. The haloumi stack is a house favourite, served with roasted red capsicum, garlic and thyme mushrooms, and eggplant on a bed of minty beetroot and ricotta spread. Shambhala’s menu will change with the seasons, and you can expect to find rotating specials on weekends.
To find your bliss, head to our Stumble Guide for opening hours and contact details.
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