Experience Greek café culture of days gone by

Are you ready to take a step back in time to learn all about the Greek café phenomenon of the 20th century? 

The Queensland State Library’s Meet Me At The Paragon exhibition uncovers the stories of Greek migrants who carved out a new life for their families by establishing café and milk bars across Queensland. 

While this may not have been a part of our childhood, our parents and grandparents will remember the American-style spots that served up banana splits, fish ‘n’ chips, ice cream sundaes and homemade sweets. Social hubs of their communities, these milk bars and cafés were always bustling with happy customers, friendly service and affordable prices!

The exhibition helps us 21st-century-folk retrace the history of Queensland’s Greek cafés by learning the stories of the families that ran them. Immerse yourself in early 1900s life by viewing photography collections, connecting with migrants’ stories, browsing menus, architectural installations, replica café booths and original items from cafés. 

After reflecting on stories of Greek Australians and how their cafés changed Australia’s dining scene into what we know today, head to Fish Lane favourite Five Sisters Café and Bar for a modern take on Greek café culture, with an eclectic menu featuring everything from a chicken and halloumi stack and club sandwich, to sweets like scones and baklava. 
Meet Me At The Paragon is another unmissable exhibition at The Queensland State Library, exploring untold stories that have helped shape our state!

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