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30 Best Cafes in Brisbane You Need to Visit

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Brisbane is blessed with an excellent cafe scene. From suave inner-city digs and hidden laneway locales to quaint venues in the suburbs, they’re everywhere. Whether you’re looking to kickstart your digestion with a delicious breakfast and soul-nourishing coffee or a tasty lunch to break up the day, there’s plenty to choose from. Some offer innovative creations or regionally inspired dishes, while others keep it classic and simple. Find the best Brisbane cafe near you from this list of local favorites.


1. The Maillard Project

Adam Wang, of Coffee Anthology fame, is the mind behind The Maillaird Project. Located on Charlotte Street in the CBD, the open, airy space has a chic industrial vibe, mixing stone, glass, and pale timbers. Like Coffee Anthology (which is in transition to a new location), the focus is on quality brews for your morning caffeine fix. However, the brunch menu is just as strong, combing regular favorites with season variations. Indulge in traditional dishes with a twist, such as eggs benny with burnt butter and miso hollandaise, or more innovative creations like braised pork belly and potato hash. Beyond the food and coffee, this venue stands out because they also roast the beans on-site and offer a barista training facility. Coffee makers of any skill level can book into practice, join a cupping session, and learn from the best.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Nut-free, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Address: 119 Charlotte St, Brisbane City
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday — 7:00 am-3:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am-2:00 pm.


VISIT: The Maillard Project


The Maillard Project


2. Farmhouse Kedron

If you’re looking for relaxed country-style vibes and a delicious and creative line-up of food for breakfast or lunch, the Farmhouse Kedron is a must-visit. It’s situated on the former site of the much-loved produce store, Farmer Joes. As such, in honoring this legacy, much of the menu is sourced directly from local and regional farmers. Satiate your morning hunger with the signature breakfast gnocchi with Farmhouse arrabiatta sauce and thick-cut bacon. Otherwise, you can pop at lunchtime for the famous all-day potato cake or Ploughman’s burger. The menu changes seasonally, so you’ll always have something new to try. Get your caffeine hit with your favorite coffee, or opt for a fresh juice. Plus, if you’re visiting after 10:00 am, grab a cocktail or glass of wine to have with your meal.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Address: 9 Somerset Rd, Kedron
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday — 6:30 am-3:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 6:30 am-2:30 pm.


VISIT: Farmhouse Kedron


Farmhouse Kedron



Tucked away in an old Queenslander, in the rolling hills of Paddington, is Naïm. It’s owned and run by B.J. Wall and Vince Estacio, who’s also the head chef, and brings Michelin-star experience to this Brisbane cafe. Visit for breakfast any day except Mondays and enjoy the Middle East-inspired menu, which features many plant-based options that are excellent for both vegetarians and vegans. Options include tiramisu waffles, a brekkie pita board, or crispy polenta benedict. The coffee for your caffeine hit is by Black Lab Coffee. Then, from Wednesday to Saturday, you can also book for dinner. Choose from a banquet, share plates such as za’atar and olive man’oushe — a rich Turkish “cob” loaf, or mains like the Jerusalem artichoke risotto. Wash it down with a glass of wine or beer or a tasty cocktail.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Halal-friendly
Address: 14 Collingwood St, Paddington
Trading Hours: Breakfast — Tuesday to Friday 8:00 am-2:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am-2:00 pm; Dinner – Wednesday to Saturday 5:00 pm-9:00 pm.






4. Botero House

Escape the city hustle into the quiet confines of Botero House, located in a historic building on Adelaide Street. It’s one of Brisbane’s best cafes and an excellent spot for breakfast or lunch. Come alive with a hot brew of specialty coffee roasted in the beautiful Clarence Valley. Each blend is carefully chosen, so every cup tells a story. Then, when it comes to food, the seasonal menu uses locally sourced, sustainable produce and ethically farmed meat. Try the curried scrambled eggs, chicken katsu sando, or vegan bowl. Best of all, you can speed up your morning cafe ritual by using the custom app. Order and pay ahead; your coffee and food will be ready to pick up on your way through to the office.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Address: 258 Adelaide St, Brisbane City
Trading Hours: Monday to Friday — 6:15 am-3:00 pm.


VISIT: Botero House


Botero House


5. The Gift Shop Food & Drink

Start your day off right with the delicious offerings at The Gift Shop Food & Drink. Located in Upper Mount Gravatt, this Brisbane cafe is all about bringing good coffee and food to the suburbs. The menu boasts sweet items like acai bowls and waffles plus savories like the signature Golden Eggs, iconic smashed avocado, and toasties. The Enoki John (with avocado) is a must for mushroom lovers, while the eggs benny on a potato gem waffle is ideal for a hangover. Choose your coffee however you like it – black, white, iced, filtered, cold brewed, or batch brewed. Plus, you can also select fresh juice and smoothies, and for lunch, grab a cocktail, seasonal wine, or local beer. Finally, if you’re in a rush and want takeaway, you can order in advance via their social links or text.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Address: Shop 19/280 Newnham Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Saturday — 6:00 am-3:00 pm; Sunday — 7:00 am-3:00 pm.


VISIT: The Gift Shop Food & Drink


The Gift Shop Food & Drink


6. Josie North

You’ll find Josie North tucked away in a small arcade just up Sherwood Road from Toowong Station. With fresh styling, it’s a calm respite from the chaos of the main road. You can indulge in coffee from Small Batch Roasting, Seven Seeds, or Wood and Co Coffee at this Brisbane cafe. Each of these brands is chosen because of its focus on developing direct relationships with the farmers and similar roasting philosophies. As such, the line-up changes seasonally, but each cup perfectly showcases the blend’s unique characteristics. Then, in terms of the food, the small but efficient kitchen offers a range of toasts, traditional breakfast plates, sandwiches, and rolls to satisfy your morning hunger.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan
Address: 51 Sherwood Rd, Toowong
Trading Hours: Monday to Friday — 7:00 am-2:00 pm. Saturday — 7:00 am-12:00 pm.


VISIT: Josie North


Josie North


7. The New Black

As the flagship Brisbane cafe for The Black Lab Coffee Co roasters, you’ll be sure to find an excellent cup of joe at this venue. Apart from excellent coffee, there’s an all-day food menu of breakfast classics. This includes a chorizo brekky burger, avocado on rye, and a build your own breakfast. However, more creative options include a red velvet waffle, truffle smashed eggs, and scrambled eggs with fermented chili. In addition to opening for breakfast and lunch, you’ll also be able to join the team on Friday and Saturday nights for a shared plates-style dinner and rotating wine and beer list. Finally, right next door, you’ll find the sister venue, Cakes and Shit. Look out for delicious but profanity-laden sugary treats and late-night desserts at this sassy bakery.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: Shop 2 694 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Breakfast – Monday to Friday — 7:00 am-1:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday — 8:00 am-2:00 pm; Dinner – Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.


VISIT: The New Black


The New Black


8. Microlot Coffee House

Fresh beans from Colombia are the signature of this boutique Brisbane cafe. Located in Hawthorne, you can sit inside the light-filled space while you sip, or breathe in the fresh air of the cozy courtyard. In addition to specialty coffee are delicious pastries like banana custard doughnuts and ham and cheese croissants, as well as fresh sandwiches and rolls. It’s the perfect way to start your day, seven days a week.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian
Address: 5/135 Riding Rd, Hawthorne
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday — 5:30 am-12:30 pm; Saturday — 6:30 am-12:30 pm; & Sunday — 6:30 am-9:30 am.


VISIT: Microlot Coffee House


Microlot Coffee House


9. Vvaldmeer

The name of this Brisbane cafe is Germanic for “forest sea,” a vibe reflected in the fresh and minimal alpine styling. Owners Cam Milne and Alex Kathage use a range of roasters, from Brisbane-based Almanac Coffee to Berlin’s Fjord Coffee Roasters. Then, when it comes to food, the short but quality menu changes each season to showcase the best produce available. Dishes include traditional eggs or avocado on toast and veg-heavy options like mushroom pancakes, veggie bowls, and pumpkin bruschetta. Finally, there is a range of hot chocolates, house sodas, kombucha, and HRVST juices, in addition to coffee.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: 36A Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday — 6:00 am-12:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday — 7:00 am-1:00 pm.


VISIT: Vvaldmeer




10. The Spot Specialty Coffee

Whatever way you like your coffee, you’ll be able to get one to suit at The Spot Speciality Coffee. This small but friendly venue offers espresso, batch brew, cold drip, v60, and aero press from roasters like Padre Coffee. Indulge your sweet tooth with a delicious pastry such as a raspberry meringue-filled doughnut, sticky date pudding, or caramel and apple cheesecake. Look out for unique and mouthwatering weekend specials.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian
Address: 191 Moggill Rd, Taringa
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday — 7:00 am-2:00 pm; Saturday — 7:30 am-1:00 pm; & Sunday — 7:30 am-12:00pm.


VISIT: The Spot Specialty Coffee


The Spot Specialty Coffee


11. New Farm Deli

New Farm Deli is a Brisbane institution. Maria and Vince Anello established the deli and cafe in 1975, sourcing quality and hard-to-find ingredients, focusing on European produce. The onsite cafe is a popular choice for breakfast and coffee. Try favorites like the Sicilian brekky, Funghetto, and thick ricotta pancakes. If you prefer to sleep in, book for lunch instead to indulge in the famous crab lasagne, Vince’s marinara, and antipasto. Once your belly is full, make sure to allow time to browse the deli cabinet for Australian and European cheese and cured meats. Do yourself a favor and grab some 24-month San Daniele prosciutto, Fior di latte, and a fresh baguette for the most delectable “ham and cheese” sandwich. You can also purchase pasta, condiments, seasonings, frozen meals, antipasti, olive oil, and Italian wines such as Barolo and Chiantis.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian
Address: Shop 5, 6, 7 & 8, 900 Brunswick St, New Farm
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Saturday — 6:00 am-6:00 pm; Sunday — 6:00 am-5:00 pm.


VISIT: New Farm Deli


New Farm Deli


12. Clancy’s Espresso

You’ll find Clancy’s Espresso in a stylish black cottage on the corner of Wynnum Road and Balmoral Street in Norman Park. This Brisbane cafe is owned by Clancy Sonter-Kelso and Oliver Burscough, who’s also the Design & Project Manager at Woodsters. As such, you’ll find plenty of beautiful custom-made wooden furniture inside, along with aesthetically pleasing black and white interiors. When it comes to the coffee, they’re slinging Allpress beans, showcasing incredible flavor and quality from the exclusive Allpress Hot Air Roast Method. Meanwhile, the food menu keeps it simple, with a range of cakes, loaded bagels, fresh sandwiches, filled wraps, and nutritious salads.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan
Address: 1/198 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday — 6:00 am-12:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday — 7:00 am-12:00 pm.


VISIT: Clancy’s Espresso


Clancy's Espresso


13. The Brew Testament

If you live north side or are on your way to the Sunshine Coast, make sure to stop in for a coffee and brunch at The Brew Testament. Located on Anzac Avenue in North Lakes, this north Brisbane cafe serves up quality coffee and eats. The crew uses Semi-Pro Coffee, a roastery also situated in North Lakes, which sources the best beans from around the world, including Kenya, Ethiopia, and Guatemala. Regarding food, the small but seasonal menu is regularly changing for the ultimate freshness. However, it always features classics with a twist and quality ingredients. Try dishes like strawberries and cream waffles, warming fruit porridge, avocado toasts, and of course, bacon and eggs your way. Sit inside, with the dark but welcoming interiors, or take advantage of the limited outdoor seating to greet the array of dogs that arrive with their owners for takeaway coffee.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Address: 8/1642 Anzac Ave, North Lakes
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday — 6:30 am-2:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday — 7:30 am-2:00 pm.


VISIT: The Brew Testament


The Brew Testament


14. Morning After

Mother and son team, Soula and Yianni Passaris, run Morning After, located in West End. This bright and airy Brisbane cafe is the perfect antidote to sore heads and tired eyes. Start with an enlivening coffee from 5 Senses or Roast by Yili. Then fill hungry bellies from the menu that balances healthy and fun using locally sourced ingredients. This includes honey from Bee One Third, bread from Brasserie, and vegetables from V One. Try the gingerbread hotcakes, charred chili corn, or Vietnamese omelet from the all-day breakfast offering. If you’re a later riser, there’s also a lunch menu from 11:00 am with dishes like squid ink spaghetti, tempura bug tacos, or massaman curry. Finally, if you need a little hair of the dog, then the small but quality alcohol offering includes mimosas, bloody Marys, beer, and wine.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: Cnr Vulture & Cambridge Sts, West End
Trading Hours: 7 Days — 7:00 am-3:00 pm.


VISIT: Morning After


Morning After


15. Willow & Spoon

Dining out with young children can be stressful. However, when you head to family-focused (and dog-friendly) Willow & Spoon, you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxed breakfast or lunch while keeping an eye on the kids in the backyard play area. There’s a small indoor section at the front, but as you wander down the driveway, a large yard opens up with undercover dining on a large patio. Not only does it feel like eating at a friend’s place, but the food is also to die for. The creative menu is seasonal, with unique and inspired dishes like ‘The Willow’ house-cured pork belly with truffle scrambled eggs. Caffeinate with a cup or mug of coffee, grab a cold-press juice, a soft drink (make it a spider!), smoothies, and old-fashioned thick shakes. Alcohol is available after 10:00 am, and you can even shout the chef a beer!


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: 190 Newmarket Rd, Wilston
Trading Hours: Tuesday to Friday — 6:30 am-2:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday – 7:00 am-2:00 pm.


VISIT: Willow & Spoon


Willow & Spoon


16. The Rabbit Hole Cafe

The Rabbit Hole is a Brisbane cafe with two venues – one at Seven Hills and one at Wynnum for the Baysiders. Both are open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch and are fully licensed with spacious seating. Enjoy suburban home-style cooking, with friendly service and excellent coffee from Bear Bones Coffee. Order a refreshing acai bowl, brekkie bao buns, or crispy chicken waffles for breakfast. Then for lunch, crispy fish tacos, Thai beef salad, and the chickpea lentil burger are great options. However, both menus are available all day, so no matter when you’re eating, you can order whatever you like. Other than coffee, you can also order pots of tea, cold-press juices, fresh smoothies, milkshakes, kombucha, and bottled drinks.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: 5 The Corso, Seven Hills & 399 Tingal Rd, Wynnum
Trading Hours: 7 Days — 7:00 am-2:00 pm.


VISIT: The Rabbit Hole Cafe


The Rabbit Hole Cafe


17. Lady Marmalade Cafe

If you’re visiting Stones Corner, a stop at Lady Marmalade Cafe is a must. Howard and Sonja Searle opened this Brisbane cafe in 2010 on the sunny corner of Logan Road and Cleveland Street. The venue boasts a unique personality with a rustic ambiance that pays homage to the building’s previous life as a bank, bird hospital then general store. The all-day breakfast menu takes inspiration from around the world, including Asia, America, and the Middle East. Try the ricotta blueberry pancakes, confit duck on chili cornbread waffles, or sweet potato, zucchini, and feta borek. After 10:00 am, there’s also a lunch menu with souffle, quesadillas, arancini, and burgers. Drinks on offer include tea and coffee, including a Saigon Coffee with condensed milk. You can also order fresh juice, smoothies, beer, wine, cocktails, and mocktails.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: 269 Logan Rd, Stones Corner
Trading Hours: 7 Days — 7:00 am-2:00 pm.


VISIT: Lady Marmalade Cafe


Lady Marmalade Cafe


18. Rings a Bell Cafe

Visit the lush leafy courtyard of Rings a Bell Cafe, one of the Valley’s most recent additions. Run by the sister-brother team, Jasmine and Jonathon Longstaff, this Brisbane cafe is located in the heritage Bell Bros. Building. Tea and coffee share similar space on the menu with tisanes from Tour de Tea at New Farm and coffee from Sunshine-Coast-based Tim Adams Specialty Coffee. Then, fill your belly with delicious food from the small but satisfying menu. Options include an acai bowl, smashed avo, salad, granola, and toast if you want to keep it simple. Plus, there’s also a Loaded Toasties menu, with flavors like the Hammered and Cheesy (ham and triple cheese), Un-Flapper-Ble (chicken and cranberry); and It Mush Be Love (mushrooms and herb).


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free
Address: 57 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Trading Hours: Tuesday to Friday — 6:00 am-3:30 pm; Saturday — 7:30 am-2:00 pm.


VISIT: Rings a Bell Cafe


Rings A Bell


19. Agnes Bakery

While technically this is a bakery, not a cafe, it was impossible not to include Agnes Bakery on the best Brisbane cafes list. It started as a pop-up during lockdowns from the team at wood-fired Valley restaurant, Agnes. However, with its undeniable popularity, the team (who are also behind restaurants Same Same, Honto, and Bianca) launched a permanent venue on James Street. Keeping with the wood-fired theme, the new venue has a wood-fired oven designed explicitly for baked goodness, as well as a custom-built pastry kitchen. Be prepared to wait in line to get your hands on delights such as smoked potato sourdough, chocolate tarts, and Kouign Amann. To accompany your sweet treats, grab a coffee to go as well.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian
Address: 85 James St, Fortitude Valley
Trading Hours: Wednesday to Sunday — 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.


VISIT: Agnes Bakery


Agnes Bakery


20. Nodo

Famous for their gluten-free donuts, Nodo is a yes for gluten-free and coeliac folk. The combination of artisan methods and naturally gluten-free ingredients by founder Kate Williams results in fun, wholesome, and, most importantly, delicious food. The brand’s philosophy is “eat donuts for breakfast.” Put this into practice at one of the many cafes or kiosks, showcasing fresh, seasonal food. Beyond donuts, the menu includes savory options like eggs, avo, seasonal harvest bowls, and beef and chicken burgers. Then, there are also sweet breakfasts like pancakes and banana bread. The coffee is a special Nodo roast that’s ethical, sustainable, and unique, with notes of butterscotch, stone fruit, and milk chocolate. You can also get specialty teas, cold press juices, and shakes.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Address: Multiple Locations — Cafes in Newstead, Camp Hill, Southbank & Hawthorn. Kiosks in the CBD, Carindale, Chermside, & Indooroopilly
Trading Hours: Cafes — 7 Days – 7:00 am-3:00 pm.






21. Blockhouse Small Bar

If a creative brunch inspires you, then make your way to Nundah and its Blockhouse Small Bar. The leafy green oasis has a unique menu, with options like Oaxacan barbecue lamb baked eggs, Parisian baked gnocchi, and Sobrasada scrambled eggs. Enjoy these with your favorite coffee, or indulge in a breakfast cocktail such as a classic mimosa or Aperol slushy (after 10:00 am). The venue is also well known for its bottomless brunches, with unlimited mimosas to start your day with a festive feel. Night owls will enjoy the option of dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Like the brunch menu, the dinner offering changes with the season but might include Oaxacan lamb barbacoa, Portuguese chicken, or an Aussie carbonara.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
Address: 130 Ryans Rd, Nundah QLD
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Wednesday, & Sunday — 8:00 am-2:00 pm; Thursday to Saturday — 8:00 am-8:00 pm.


VISIT: Blockhouse Small Bar


Blockhouse Small Bar


22. BLVD Bar & Cafe.

Located in deep suburbia northside is BLVD Bar & Cafe. This family-owned North Lakes venue serves up excellent coffee and a killer breakfast in an open and airy space. The menu changes regularly, but one of the constant favorites is The Great Hash, featuring a homemade cheesy potato cake with streaky bacon and hollandaise sauce. When it comes to waking up with a cup of joe, they have their own special blend — Mad Hatter — from Tim Adams Specialty Coffee on the Sunshine Coast. You can grab an espresso-style, batch brew, or cold brew – whatever your preference. However, if you don’t feel like coffee, they also have delicious options from Origin Tea, including traditional and iced blends, plus bottled juices and kombucha.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian
Address: 59 Endeavour Blvd, North Lakes
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday — 6:30 am-2:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday — 7:00 am-2:30 pm.


VISIT: BLVD Bar & Cafe.


Blvd Bar & Cafe.


23. Dandelion & Driftwood

Award-winning Dandelion & Driftwood is a quaint Brisbane cafe located in Hendra. Dandelion represents the soft and feminine yin, while driftwood represents the masculine and rugged yang of the business. This licensed venue serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and high-teas seven days a week. The creative menu seeks to satisfy every craving with both sweet and savory options, with a suggested tea or specialty coffee pairing for breakfast and wine or beer for lunch. If you want to take most of the decision-making out, you can also opt for a set-menu breakfast or lunch. Finally, for special occasions such as a girls’ lunch or engagement, why not book in for a high tea, with options to upgrade to include a glass of Champagne with your sweet and savory tiered delights.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: 20 Doncaster St, Hendra
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Sunday to Thursday — 8:00 am-3:00 pm; Friday & Saturday — 8:00 am-4:00 pm.


VISIT: Dandelion & Driftwood


Dandelion & Driftwood


24. Felix for Goodness

Watch the world go by from the large window bay at the front of Felix for Goodness. Hidden away on Burnett Lane, this is another great Brisbane CBD cafe. Everything is made from scratch and sourced from as close to the venue as possible. The all-day brunch menu is ideal for starting your day as well as lunch with friends or colleagues. Try creative dishes like kimchi scramble, tamarind granola, beetroot cured salmon with sweet corn fritters, or a pearl barley risotto. Meanwhile, the coffee is courtesy of Parallel Roasters, a Brisbane-based roastery. Beyond coffee, there are also smoothies, probiotic sodas, cold-pressed juice, iced tea, and a small offering of quality beer, wine, and cocktails for lunchtime.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address:50 Burnett Ln, Brisbane City
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday 8:00 am-2:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am-1:30 pm.


VISIT: Felix for Goodness


Felix For Goodness


25. Collingwood Black Espresso & Bar

With its deep green exterior, dark wood furniture, and abundant plant life, Collingwood Black Espresso & Bar has a rustic yet industrial barn feel. Tucked away in Albion, this venue offers a peaceful respite from the chaos of life and a mouthwatering menu for all-day dining. Start your morning with breakfast tacos, an acai bowl, or dippy eggs, then at lunch, enjoy burgers, tacos, or toasties. In between, you can also grab a selection of sweet treats for a sugar hit. If you’re around on a Friday night, the venue also hosts food trucks with live music and a fully stocked bar. It’s the perfect way to end a busy week, have a drink with friends, and just chill out in the open-air garden.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian
Address: 35 Collingwood St, Albion
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Thursday – 6:00 am-5:00 pm; Friday – 6:00 am-late; Saturday & Sunday 6:00 am-3:00 pm.


VISIT: Collingwood Black Espresso & Bar


Collingwood Black Espresso & Bar


26. Smoked Paprika

Enjoy an indulgent breakfast or lunch at Paddington’s Smoked Paprika. This Eastern European-style Brisbane cafe uses the freshest ingredients, free-range eggs, and delicious coffee from Dramanti Artisan Roasters. Breakfast selections include the signature goulash on Turkish bread with poached eggs and hollandaise, shakshuka, and chicken paprikash crepes. Meanwhile, lunch offers a collection of burgers, salads, and warming Hungarian beef goulash with homemade spaetzli. Plus, there are regularly changing weekend specials if you’re keen to try something different. Finally, if you live close to the cafe, you can also order from the menu on UberEATS and Menulog for delivery, so you only need to get out of bed long enough to answer the door!


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: 2/5 Nash St, Paddington
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Monday to Friday 7:00 am-2:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am-2:30 pm.


VISIT: Smoked Paprika


Smoked Paprika


27. Goodness Gracious Café

Situated in a heritage corner store, Goodness Gracious Café is all about nourishing the local community. The seasonal menu is constantly evolving, with locally sourced produce and aesthetically pleasing presentation. Enjoy mac’n’cheese benedict, truffle mushrooms, a lobster omelet, acai bowls, cauliflower steak, or sweet pancakes from the all-day menu. If you’re in after 10:30 am, there are a few extra dishes, such as salmon and pork belly, on the lunch menu. To quench your thirst, select from coffee, tea, cold-press juices, smoothies, milkshakes, and kombucha. You can choose a table in the shady courtyard for fresh air or head inside to admire the artwork lining the walls. Finally, if you have a special occasion coming up, such as a birthday or engagement, you can order a beautiful custom-designed cake to help celebrate.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Address: 250 Oxley Rd, Graceville
Trading Hours: 7 Days – 7:00 am-2:00.


VISIT: Goodness Gracious Café


Goodness Gracious Cafe


28. PawPaw Cafe

Pawpaw has been a favorite on the Woolongabba breakfast scene for nearly ten years. The innovative menu is inspired by Asian cuisine and combines traditional ‘western breakfast’ items with a delicious Asian influence. For example, the Tom Yum Omelette has prawns, cherry tomatoes, and a tom yum dressing, and the Kalamansi Meringue Pancake features the Kalamansi, or Philippine lime. Lunch is available from 11:00 am, with fish tacos, Malaysian yellow curry, Massaman Bahn mi, and tofu katsu salad. Drinks include coffee, tea, smoothies, juice, and soft drinks, plus cocktails, beer, cider, and wine. Finish off with a sweet treat from the vegan sundae menu. When it comes time for dinner, Pawpaw serves it up from Wednesday to Sunday. Alternatively, you can also head to the sister restaurants Mons Thai Camp Hill and Pawpaw Asian Kitchen Balmoral – both are open seven nights a week for dinner.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
Address: Cnr Potts and Stanley St, Woolloongabba
Trading Hours: 7 Days — Breakfast — Monday to Sunday 7:00 am-3:00 pm; Dinner – Wednesday to Sunday 5:00 pm-late.


VISIT: PawPaw Cafe


Pawpaw Cafe


29. Billykart West End

It’s difficult to miss Billykart West End, thanks to the massive green plant wall and neon blue sign. The venue’s design pays tribute to the West End landscape and housing, with colorful frosted glass, exposed brick, and latticework. Inside, you’ll find a laid-back but welcoming environment run by renowned Chef Ben O’Donoghue & his business partner, Ben Roberts. A seasonal menu showcases the best local produce for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Dig into Turkish eggs, Mexican braised beef tostadas, crab toast, Peruvian spice cauliflower, or buttermilk and ricotta pancakes – there are dishes to suit every craving. At dinner, the options include eye fillet tataki, prawn spaghetti, Peri Peri grilled chicken. Its’ the ideal Brisbane cafe for date nights, catch-ups with friends, and even private functions for special celebrations.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian
Address: 2-4 Edmondstone St, West End
Trading Hours: Breakfast — Wednesday to Sunday 8:00 am-3:00 pm; Dinner – Wednesday to Saturday 5:00 pm-late.


VISIT: Billykart West End


Billykart West End


30. Death Star Canteen

While Brisbane is hardly a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars fans can still come to nerd-out at the Death Star Canteen. The name is inspired by the iconic and hilarious Eddie Izzard sketch. Located on Queen Street, in the CBD, keep an eye out for the Star Wars decor, including a sign that says ‘This is the cafe you’ve been looking for’ and a Stormtrooper napping in a hammock. It’s a cozy location, with an excellent menu of fair trade coffee and easy eats. For breakfast, dig into a breakfast burger, truffled eggs, or brekkie mince, washing it down with a cup of joe. Then, at lunch, opt for a filling burger, bowl of pasta, or even a jaffle. Plus, there are regular specials, so check out the blackboard each day.


Dietary Options: Vegetarian
Address: 359 Queen St, Brisbane City
Trading Hours: Monday to Friday — 6:00 am-1:30 pm.


VISIT: Death Star Canteen


Death Star Canteen



Where is the best coffee in Brisbane?

Brisbane is blessed with heaps of excellent coffee shops. Some of the best include The Maillard Project, Clancy’s Espresso, Josie North, The Brew Testament, and The New Black.

Where is the best place for breakfast in Brisbane?

Brisbane’s best places for breakfast include The Maillard Project, Vvaldmeer, NAÏM, and Willow & Spoon.

What is the best cafe in Brisbane for brunch?

Brisbane’s best places for brunch include Farmhouse Kedron, New Farm Deli, Morning After, and Blockhouse Small Bar.


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