Here in Brisbane, we have an unashamed obsession with breakfast. Stronger than any love affair, our relationship with poached eggs, syrup-smothered pancakes, and smoked salmon knows no bounds. Lucky for us, the quality of brekkies in our sunny city is more than enough to rival our southern counterparts and we are constantly excited to hit up our old faves and some new faces. With so many to choose from, there’s a select few that we find ourselves regularly returning to, or at least lusting after on Instagram. Whatever you’re into, here are 22 Brisbane cafes that you need to hit up asap.
1. Scout Cafe | Petrie Terrace
Something of a Brisbane institution, Scout has been charming our tastebuds and fuelling our weekend mornings for so long that we couldn’t imagine our lives without them. The bagels are top-notch and the coffee is as smooth as aged whiskey. What more could we ask for?
2. King Arthur | Fortitude Valley
I am of the opinion that King Arthur is the MVP of cafe catch-ups. Its seasonal menu (currently boasting incredible kimchi okonomiyaki) is constantly surprising, and its central location just off James St makes it the perfect pick for powering-up before a morning of shopping.
3. Pablo | New Farm
This New Farm hotspot serves some of the most beautiful brekkies in Bris. The vibrantly coloured dishes are almost too good to eat, but we get around this by taking a snap for our Instagram so we can remember our breakfast experience fondly, even when we are at work eating a soggy sandwich. Do yourself a favour and try the cauliflower and cottage cheese pancakes with harissa, avo, and golden zucchini. Get the wholesome goodness into your system!
4. Rogue Bar + Bistro | Newstead
Rogue serves up possibly our favourite waffles in Brisbane. We’re talking red velvet goodness with strawberries, white chocolate crumble, and raspberry cheesecake gelato. It might just be one of the more indulgent breakfasts to enjoy in this town. It’s so delicious, you’ll attempt to make it at home yourself, fail, and ultimately return to order it again. Rogue knows us so well.
5. Darling & Co | Paddington
If you haven’t hit up Darling & Co yet, you are seriously slipping. This cafe/restaurant/bar/everything in between is the darling of Paddington! The regularly evolving menu is enough to grab our attention every time we return, but at the moment we are head-over-heels for their ham hock croquettes with fried eggs, chilli jam, and manchego. Delish.
6. Naïm | Paddington
When we heard Shouk Cafe was no more, we were devastated (I think I cried for a week) but we had faith that owners Adi and Guy’s new venture, Naïm, would blow us away. And girl, you better believe our socks have been rocked right off. More than just a cafe, Naïm is something akin to a culinary adventure, where every dish is inspired and surprising, and made with love. Go for the shakshuka, and stay for the evening wine tasting with drag goddess Sellma Soul (seriously – prepare for the best night of your life).
7. Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters | Albion
We are unashamedly in love with this sweet little cafe and roastery! The eats are delicious and the coffee is some of the best in the biz. Add to this, friendly staff, a dedication to sustainable production, and the best damn ham and cheese croissant in town, and we are hooked.
8. Alcove Cafe & Deli | Wilston
A local favourite, dining at Alcove is a much-needed respite from the busy and bustling world. You won’t find friendlier staff anywhere else, or a more delicious huevos rancheros (yes, for breakfast). Slip into one of their booths and indulge in a long, lazy brunch with good company. We can’t think of a better way to spend our weekend.
9. Willow & Spoon | Wilston
Willow & Spoon constantly surprise us with unexpected combinations and insanely good dishes. The truffle scrambled eggs with house-smoked pork belly and piquillo pepper is rumoured to change lives, so if you haven’t crossed this charming cafe off your brekkie bucket list, what are you waiting for?
10. Reverend’s Fine Coffee | Fortitude Valley
Reverend’s is the moody, intimate cafe and bar that makes you feel cooler than you are. This Valley icon regularly reworks their breakfast menu, meaning you need to go back often to check out the new pickings – something we are happy to do at every available opportunity. This church is in session seven days a week!
11. Fuel + Co | Nundah
This northside secret needs to be shared at every opportunity, which is why we are always raving about them. Their dark plum hotcakes with lemon curd mascarpone, crushed meringue, and pistachio nut will have you cheering from your table and snapping pics for your Instagram.
12. Blockhouse Eat + Drink | Nundah
Two words: breakfast paella! Blockhouse knows we can never say no to a creative dish with oriental flavours, and they use that against us every time. With dishes ranging from karaage chicken waffles to avo and bacon tacos, they create exciting dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. This is not your grandmother’s morning tea.
13. Dandelion & Driftwood | Hendra
If you enjoy tea or coffee, then you need to hit up Dandelion & Driftwood for the best brew of your life (yep, we said it). Watching the baristas prepare your poison of choice is one of the most enthralling and oddly exciting experiences, and if you haven’t experienced it yet, you are missing out.
14. Fort Specialty Coffee | North Lakes
Über cool and super laid-back, this tried and tested fave never fails to deliver. Whether it’s their croque-monsieur toastie or rich banoffee waffles, everything they touch turns to gold. This Midas effect extends to their brew (beans by Semi Pro), which is the caffeine hit you need to turn your day up to 100.
15. Gauge | South Brisbane
The team at Gauge has turned the humble brunch into something akin to fine art, with inspired dishes plated up with all the care and attention you would expect of a fine-dining restaurant. Expect locally sourced produce, artisanal fare, and the best damn waffles with meringue, mango and banana sorbet you have EVER had. Legit.
16. Morning After | West End
Nothing cures Saturday-night sins quite like gossiping over breakfast at Morning After. There’s really nothing their sleek interiors, attentive staff, and blueberry vanilla hotcakes can’t fix.
17. Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro | West End
An icon of Brisbane dining, Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro has long been a favourite spot for locals to cure their hangover with hair of the dog. From 10am every Saturday and Sunday, you can hook into their Late Brekkie Club with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary jugs, and a side of their craft-beer baked beans with bacon, jalapenos, and corn bread. Have you ever heard of anything more decadent and delicious? We haven't.
18. Billykart Kitchen | Annerley, West End
If you’re looking to treat your S.O., best friend, or Tinder date to breakfast, then Billykart Kitchen is the best place to take them. With a wide range of savoury, sweet, and classic options, you’ll both have plenty to choose from, no matter what you’re into. The French toast with maple and vanilla poached pear, candied pecans, and whipped crème fraiche is kind of incredible.
19. Day Made | Woolloongabba
This author is a little obsessed with this new-kid-on-the-block, but once you check it out for yourself you'll understand why. Preparing some of the best coffee in Brisbane (their very own Coffee Supreme), Day Made never fails to fuel me with the smooth elixir that gives me life. While they won’t hook me up to a coffee-IV drip (believe me, I’ve asked) the batch brew is second to none.
20. Macondo Cafe | Moorooka
If you haven’t heard of the southside’s best-kept secret, please let me introduce you. Macondo serves delicious and authentic Colombian fare, unlike anything else in town. Similar to buffet dining, delicious eats like chorizo, halloumi, roasted vegetables, and scrambled eggs are delivered to your table until you ask them to stop. Oh, and the authentic Colombian coffee? Good enough to mainline.
21. The Carport Cafe | Cannon Hill
We stumbled across this shaded courtyard one fine Saturday, and you better bet we’ll be returning. The fare is delicious and hearty with a distinguishable middle-eastern flair, and the staff is warm and friendly. You can’t go past the zucchini, corn and onion fritters with the best damn hummus outside of the Middle East.
22. The Jam Pantry | Greenslopes
You might use the word “phenomenon” to describe southside favourite, Jam Pantry. Not only are owners Gideon and Naomi some of the nicest darn people you will ever meet, they also prepare incredible eats that will blow you away. With a dedication to preparing everything in-house where possible, nothing comes out of the kitchen that hasn’t been artfully and soulfully created and prepared. Their inspired reinvention of the classic Eggs Benedict deserves its own recognition in the Brekkie Hall of Fame (not actually a real thing, but it definitely should be).
Feature Image: Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters Albion