Lust for Life (Fortitude Valley, QLD)

Being the lucky winner of free coffees from Lust for Life, I was lured back to this tattoo parlour-art gallery-cafe located right in the heart of the Valley.  After visiting this trendy space about a month ago for an event, I've been meaning to return get a feel for the ambience on a typical day, try out their coffee, or better yet, their bagel sandwiches that people have been raving about.

Open quite early in the morning, Lust for Life has quite the selection of drinks, as well as bagel sandwiches and baked goodies that a hungry tummy can choose from.  Upon arriving, I noticed that there was new art on the wall - this time plaques of skulls, etc.  Awesomeness!  And quite fitting for the cafe itself - as the tattoo parlour is just in the back.  I went up to the counter to order, delicious looking muffins and brownies tempted me as I proceeded to order a skinny latte and a smoked salmon frittata.  I wasn't quite hungry enough for a bagel, so I decided on the frittata, which ended up being a bit dry, but it wasn't too salty, and tasted alright.  My coffee was quite hot when it arrived, which isn't a complaint at all, and it was nice and bold, but wasn't burnt or overly dark for me.  I was quite happy with it - and the '40's girl' mug it came in!  The presentation was just very fitting for the theme of Lust for Life, down to their napkins, which simply made me happy.

I rarely get asked if 'I'm doing ok' during a meal, and I certainly was! The barista wes attentive and super friendly, and I wouldn't have it any other way.  They have couches for those looking to get cozier, but I chose a bar stool instead, and plopped myself down to do some reading.  After a while it gets a bit uncomfortable - but hey, like most cafes in Brisbane, they close at 3pm.  Sad, but it's probably their only downside!
Price: 15AUD for drink + food | $-$$
Rating: 4.5/5

Lust for Life (Website)
176 Wickham St.
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
#: (07) 3852-5048
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