It’s the age-old breakfast war: sweet or savoury. Either you’re a die-hard acai bowl topped with fruit kinda person (me!), or a bacon and egg crowned with hash browns, smothered in baked beans, sausages and any other meat you can think of fanatic. I know how hard it can be to satisfy everyone’s foodie needs on a brekky date, so I’ve found a way to give you the best of both worlds with our list of Brisbane’s best sweet and savoury breakfasts options for all to enjoy!
Nestled in the heart of Paddington is a friendly and buzzing café with mouth-wateringly good food. I went here with my beautiful mum and boyfriend (whose motto is “If they don’t serve bacon and eggs, we’re not going.”) for Mother’s Day and discovered that Anouk offers FRIES – yes, FRIES – FOR BREAKFAST as well as bacon and eggs. We’d hit the jackpot.
For the sweet tooths out there, they also serve the most delicious muesli with berry compote and yoghurt. Treat yo’self with croissant French toast with a citrus poached stone fruit, drizzled with raspberry coulis and topped with mascarpone and rose petals.
From the legends that brought you Pawpaw and Picnic comes Piggy Back, which is sure to blow your mind. Think matcha avocado, banana bread, red velvet French toast (umm WHAT?!) and breakfast BURGERS! For those who like the sweet without the nasties, they have amazing acai bowls and green smoothies. Oh and if dessert for breakfast is more your style, don’t go past the supershake: a toppling thickshake served with cream, syrup and their own specialty chocolate. Well, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.
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Located on the south side, The Jam Pantry has a homey vibe will keep you coming back for more. The menu is ever-changing to make use of seasonal product but you can rest assured that your savoury and sweet dreams will come true here. We’re talking fluffy waffles covered in delectable rhubarb, stewed apple goodness and topped with cinnamon yoghurt and chicken, pistachio and cranberry sausages with crisp sourdough bread and soft-yolk fried eggs. Don’t worry, you can add bacon as well! To make each dish quirky and fun, Nims (the owner) adds a house-made condiment component.
This place is the definition of food porn. Just looking at their food on Instagram makes me drool. And let’s be real – any place that serves haloumi is a winner in my books. Seven South is reinventing the breakfast wheel, with porcini sformato (a mushroom sauce) poured over sourdough, sautéed mushrooms, spinach and a delicious Shiraz reduction. Wine for breakfast? Yes, please! If mushrooms aren’t your fave, their herb smashed avocado with house-made pumpkin bread, goat’s feta and spiced pepitas is simply divine. Don’t worry, they haven’t forgotten about lovers of the sickly sweet flavours. Indulge in their lemon thyme blueberry and ricotta hot cake dolloped in crème fraiche and sprinkled with pistachio praline, or for a lighter option check out their apple, rose and pomegranate granola topped with yoghurt granita.
In the hub of West End is a kitchen like no other. With a section of the menu dedicated to waffles and pancakes, those craving a sugar fix will be swooning. If you don’t mind a sweet dish reinvented, try their eggs bender coupled with crispy potato waffles, hot smoked salmon and horseradish hollandaise. If you want to keep your sweet dishes SUPER sweet, their buttermilk and ricotta pancakes with coconut caramel banana is sure to be a hit.
Another West End fave is none other than Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen! And their blissful name carries over to their scrumptious food! Renowned for their bliss bowls, you can choose a sweet or savoury flavour to suit your palette. Their sweet range boasts flavours of traditional acai or a healthy Nutella alternative. This way you can satisfy your sweet tooth and stick to your health kick as well. Their savoury bowls are equipped with roasted vegetables, quinoa, soft-gooey eggs, house-made pesto and parmesan. For those who like the full Monty, try their MB Breakfast full of eggs, sausages, crispy speck and sweet potato chips.
With great food for locals, by locals, Honor has something for everyone. From homemade banana bread with whipped orange and coconut butter to heart-shaped waffle sandwiches stuffed with your choice of strawberries and cream, chocolate and Snickers sauce or bacon and maple syrup, you will leave with a stomach full of goodness. If you’re having a strictly savoury feast, try their breakfast board to share. It has the complete package of sausages, bacon, eggs tomatoes, avocado with feta, smoked salmon and assorted breads.
Having recently updated their menu to reflect the change in seasons, Corner Store is delivering the foodie goods one plate at a time. For the sugary start to your morning, don’t miss their Belgian waffles with PEACAN PIE filling, buttermilk ice-cream and Canadian maple syrup (YUM!). They also have the breakfast classics, such as smashed avocado. Or if you really want to mix it up, delve into their stir–fried chicken mince with steamed rice, broccolini and fried egg. Who says you can’t have dinner for breakfast?
Located in Paddington, this little café boasts TWO menus – one for mid-week and another for the weekend. If you’re planning to head to the café during the week, sweet-goers can choose from their bircher muesli with quinoa, coconut, cashew cream, apple, caramelised pecans berries and house-made coconut yoghurt. For those who like something a little more savoury, their latke stack (Polish potato pancake) is darn tasty. Best of all, it’s gluten-free so those with intolerances can rejoice! Those heading to the café on the weekend can dive into an abundance of finger-licking-good dishes including strawberry and pepper berry waffles, eggs benedict and shakshuka (baked eggs).
Don’t skip your Sunday sleep-in! Artie & Mai breakfast is available all day long! Hip-hip-hooray! Sporting sweet goods such as blueberry, lemon and almond loaf, banana French toast with salted caramel and BACON ICE-CREAM as well as Nutella and blueberry compote French toast, your sugary cravings will go into overload. Their famous big brekky is available for the savoury-obsessed. Or if you’re after something a little simpler, their bacon and egg roll with chilli jam is delish!
The heart of Wilston is offering up delicious food that packs a serious punch. With a desire to produce a simple eating experience with a home-style allure, this cosy café is one to be reckoned with. Enjoy the likes of honey toasted muesli with a house-made strawberry milk, Snickers waffles and pork cheek terrine – you surely can eat your way to happiness.
With many gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options available, Little Sista Café is here for all our sweet and savoury needs. Choose from their braised beef on toast, breakfast salad or Mexican breakfast with spicy scrambled eggs for the more savoury. Or for a sweeter fix, their pancake stack with choice of caramelised banana or Nutella is available; the red velvet pancakes with vanilla frosting, mixed berries and lemon ginger ice-cream will be a hit. Simply add gluten-free bread or ask for a vegetarian option and they will be more than happy to attend to your dietary requirements.
With a little something for everyone, Bardon’s own Smoked Paprika (owned and operated by Gabor Traub) will have both the savoury- and sweet-obsessed begging for more. With the likes of blueberry ricotta pancakes, black quinoa porridge and omelette with spicy chorizo on their menu, the Smoked Paprika will keep you in the good books.
Perched in New Farm is a café that is sure to send you a little stir-crazy – in a good way, of course! There’s something for the health-conscious, savoury-obsessed and sweet-toothed at Little Loco, with an abundance of epic drinks and bow-down-worthy food. Known for their loco shakes (think salted caramel topped with a doughnut and caramel popcorn), this New Farm gem offers a healthy green bowl consisting of avocado, spinach, kale and poached eggs, as well chia puddings and NUTELLA banana bread!