Stones Corner Cafés

Stones Corner is named after James Stone who bought a piece of land on the corner of Logan and Old Cleveland Road in 1875.

He dreamt of opening his own hotel however was unsuccessful in obtaining a liquor license. He then went on to opening and operating a ginger beer shop on his corner and that’s when it became known as Stone’s Corner. In an interesting link with the present, James Stone Ginger Beer is again being brewed as a commercial product.


In 1887 the corner block was again sold, this time to the man who built the two storey Junction Hotel which still stands today and is known as the Stones  corner Hotel. In its hundred and twenty year history as a commercial hub Stones Corner has had its ups and downs with its retail heyday in the 1950’s and a brief stint decades later as the in-spot for outlet shopping.


Over recent years the historic Stones Corner village has been evolving into an eclectic retail and dining precinct. Under Brisbane City Council’s Eastern  corridor Neighbourhood Plan the precinct has been identified as a key growth area which, over the coming 20 years will be transformed into a unique “urban village” containing a mix of apartments, offices, shops, cafes and public spaces. The designation of this precinct as a key growth area will facilitate a level of development considered essential to cater to the demands for new dwellings within the area.


As such here’s a rough street crawl guide, starting on the corner where it all began:



This fabulous café, is another stripped back raw brick heritage corner building on Logan Road. It can take the credit for sparking a new lease of life back into Stones Corner after all the outlet shops that once filled the streets departed. Dishing up delish food (the breakfasts are exceptional), top coffee and all in a funky setting.


Despite the casual ambience – colourful mismatching retro furniture on the footpath and faded shop signs, exposed brick and preserved relic features from a long-gone past (asa bank, bird hospital and general store) inside – what comes out of the kitchen is anything but casual café.



Adding to the bustling little community of Stones Corner, this cafe and bar is the second venture of the Lady Marmalade Cafe creators, continuing to present new, and inventive flavours to the Brisbane palate. Inspired by the country club lifestyle on the border of the USA and Mexico, Shady Palms Cafe & Bar sees the likes of fried pickles, pulled-pork sliders, braised beef empanadas and a San Francisco salad paired with craft beers, boutique wines and refreshing cocktails.


Serving exquisite Pan-American platters from breakfast until late, the cavernous space inside is filled with bright, eclectic furniture of a vintage nature while, outdoors, there is laneway leading to an expansive courtyard.



Sharing the lane with Grindhouse is this funky little Mexican taqueria, a vision of wall art, rustic furniture and cacti. Drop by for some fresh made salsa, guacamole and corn chips featuring in all manner of Mexican street food – tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, along with bottles of picante sauce on the tables to spice it up.



In recent years the owners have stripped back this landmark hotel to its raw brick state, accentuating its history and making it a really pleasant place to enjoy a drink or a pub meal, especially outside under the jacaranda tree.



R&Rhino Protein Bar is a unique new addition to the Stones Corner precinct, serving up healthy and tasty food and drinks, made with the purest, freshest and finest ingredients available. Patrons can match their lifestyle diet requirements without compromising taste and quality. Committed to provide a clean, friendly and enjoyable place, R&Rhino Protein Bar is on a mission to revitalise and kick-start a new level of energy into Stones Corner.



Stones Corner Village is an enclosed centre anchored by an ALDI supermarket and featuring 21 specialty shops. The last two years have seen a major transformation of the Centre with large refurbishment works completed. Stockwell finished $2 million of internal works in July 2012 and further $2 million of external works in November 2013.


The refurbishments have been central to the overall lift in Stones Corner and have secured new tenants including ALDI Supermarket, BaLong Markets, Suburban Cafe and IndiMex among many others. Stones Corner Village is also home to the main carpark in Stones Corner with 250 undercover spaces.



Recently opened in vibrant Stones Corner, The Bent Elbow offers a large variety of craft beers, excellent wine and delicious food as well as various events in a refreshing atmosphere with the right balance between a homey pub and eating house. With the focus on unique and alternative craft beers and tasty bites, The Bent Elbow at Stones Corner is one you’ll want to make as your local.



Louis & Sons Delicatessen in Stones Corner is a continental style deli offering fine foods, sweet treats and excellent espresso in a sleek setting. This new edge deli, situated in a transformed historic building, is on a mission to revive the age-old institution of deli dining and inject new energy into the Stones Corner precinct. Establishing a broad range of high-end provisions, this upmarket deli and café, offers Gourmet products that have been carefully sourced from Brisbane’s backyard and food-making regions around the world, The refurbishments have been central to the overall lift in Stones Corner and have secured new tenants including ALDI Supermarket, BaLong Markets, Suburban Cafe and IndiMex among many others. Stones Corner Village is also home to the main carpark in Stones Corner with 250 undercover spaces.



Stoneham Lane, the tiny laneway that leads off the rear Logan Road side of the Stones Corner Hotel has a couple of visit-worthy inhabitants including this fab little espresso hut whose ceilings are adorned with coffee sacks and walls hung with art. The perfect retreat for a top coffee, some free Wi-Fi and delish sweet treats from a local bakery.