Brisbane’s Most Aesthetically Pleasing Cafes To Get Your Caffeine Fix

Brisbane’s Most Aesthetically Pleasing Cafes To Get Your Caffeine Fix

Because not all coffees are created equal.

By Gracie Clough | 18th September 2018

While us Australians are known to be laid back, cruisy people, there’s no denying we are major snobs when it comes to our coffee. Brisbanites, in particular, are becoming increasingly accustomed to drinking high-quality cups of liquid gold all thanks to our buzzing coffee scene. Whether you drink coffee to help kick-start your morning, or because you enjoy testing your taste buds to differentiate between Arabica and Robusta blends, it’s safe to say drinking B-grade coffee just doesn’t cut it.

Let’s put long blacks, piccolos and lattes aside for a moment and appreciate that there is something nostalgic about enjoying an old-fashioned cappuccino. We endured the caffeine high to scope out some of Brisbane’s best cappuccino joints for your next coffee date.

Freja’s Café | Wilston

Freja’s Café is your friendly neighbourhood café created by Freja, a semi-professional tennis player, and her partner Nathan. Together, the two worked to create a café that strikes the right balance between cosy and minimalistic through wooden and white accents. Freja’s serve coffee from Seven Miles, a local roaster, and food that is guaranteed to make your mouth water. Nathan is even a fine-dining chef and has experience working at Stokehouse Q and Bar Alto.


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Campos Long Island | Newstead

The beloved Campos Coffee that spent ten years on Wandoo Street has relocated their flagship café. Like all Campos Coffee, Campos Long Island serve high-quality beverages for all your caffeine needs. This café is not only the ideal place to enjoy your morning cappuccino, but also provides large spaces to hold your meetings and functions. Campos Long Island also serves beer, wine and of course espresso-based cocktails after hours.


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Archer Specialty Coffee | Chermside & North Lakes

Archer Specialty Coffee has expanded their outlets and has recently opened their second store at Westfield North Lakes. The makers of fine specialty coffee offer customers are environmentally friendly and offer customers the opportunity to purchase reusable coffee cups with the Archer logo. They even offer a 20-cent discount on coffee for customers to bring along their reusable cups.


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Florence Café | Camp Hill

Florence Café aim to provide guests with a memorable experience in a comfortable setting. So, if you are around Camp Hill and are after all-day breakfast or lunch to go with your cappuccino then hit up Florence Café. Florence in particular specialises in creating good-for-your-gut ferments, cashew cheeses, preserves, juices, and sourdough bread to name a few things. Oh, and the café is so aesthetically pleasing so you will definitely want to add a pic of Florence to your Instagram feed.


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Death Before Decaf | New Farm

This grunge café gives off serious Nirvana, Heavy Metal, 90’s vibes and we are so here for it. Walls plastered with skate stickers, skulls and skateboards don’t make Death Before Decaf look like your typical neighbourhood coffee hotspot – and it certainly isn’t. This coffee shop is open 24/7. Yes, you heard us right! So, whatever your lifestyle and occupation, Death Before Decaf is always open to fit in with your schedule and keep you caffeinated.


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Alcove Café & Deli | Wilston

This rustic, street corner café knows sure knows how to make a killer cappuccino. Alcove serves Veneziano coffee, so we implore serious coffee connoisseurs to check this café out. If you feel like some eats to go with your coffee, the friendly staff from Alcove source the freshest ingredients locally from Southeast Queensland.


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El’rosa | Fortitude Valley

El’rosa is a pink-loving millennial’s dream coffee shop. This ‘pink paradise’ is the perfect place to relax and refuel with caffeine while enjoying the surrounding greenery. It’s hard to believe this extension of a local hand-painted pot business, ARC + Family, was only once a little timber fence and piece of grass. We guarantee you won’t leave without snapping a pic for Instagram!


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She Bangs Coffee | Albion

She Bangs is not only one of Ricky Martin’s greatest hits but is also another local hub for serious coffee lovers. This café strikes the right balance between feeling cosy and industrial by combining metal shed walls and graffiti with touches of greenery.


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Day Made by Coffee Supreme | Woolloongabba

If you are someone who prefers to drink your cappuccino in a chic and minimalistic environment, then look no further than Day Made. If you weren’t already going to remember Day Made for its quality capps, the café’s blue accents, crisp white tiles and neon ‘make my day’ sign make it a standout.

Bunker Coffee | Milton

This once World War II bomb shelter is rich in both history and coffee and provides one of the most unique café experiences Brisbane has to offer. A green hedge camouflages this cosy little hole in the wall, but this hidden hotspot is one worth seeking out.

Reverends Fine Coffee | Fortitude Valley

It would come as no surprise that Reverends Fine Coffee was founded by a former pastor who had a deep love for coffee. If you are looking to try out unique coffee blends in a rustic brick-walled environment, Reverends Fine Coffee’s own house blend called Purple Haze is one to try (keynotes include currant, cherry and deep plum).


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Atticus Finch Café | Paddington

This café is not one to be missed for all the lovers of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Bring your dog here to enjoy your morning cappuccino on the outdoor deck or admire the pages of To Kill A Mockingbird inside on the café’s walls. Atticus Finch even turns into a bar from Fridays to Sundays to quench all your beverage needs.

The Gettin’ Place | New Farm

The Gettin’ Place is a popular spot for lovers of good coffee and simplicity. From the outside, this little gem could be mistaken for a dark rustic-style coffee spot. Instead, The Gettin’ Place nails the balance between being clean, light and bright and comforting and cosy. The café even has a courtyard out the back if you’d prefer to enjoy your cappuccino in the sunshine.


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Article by Gracie Clough

Gracie is a Journalist and beauty-devotee who drinks her weight in tea daily. She appreciates the colour peach, minimalism and spends too much time talking about anything to do with beauty. When she isn’t watching Harry Potter (for the one millionth time), she is lurking photos of baby German Shepherds or choosing a new shade of nude lipstick to purchase.


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