16 Brisbane Cafes You May Not Have Heard Of . . .

By Kim Barnard
28th Jul 2013

When you're in the business of talking about new places to eat all day long, it can sometimes be forgotten that places that are familiar to you are not necessarily known to all. And that's just not right.

So, with that in mind, we put our heads together and came up with a list of excellent cafes in Brisbane that have a tendency to fly under the radar. There are some newbies in here, as well as some old favourites that deserve your love and attention.

Here are 16 Brisbane cafes you may not have heard of. Check them out, whydontcha?

Merriweather Café

Just opened in South Bank, Merriweather Café is already getting rave reviews for their coffee and meals. Sporting a super-cute fit-out and a rooftop garden, we predict big things for Merriweather.

Brother Espresso

Most will be familiar with Brother Espresso's coffee, but some of their excellent little cafes have escaped attention. The Bulimba locale is one of our particular favourites for its excellent coffee (duh), relaxed feel, and friendly vibe. The fact that it's located right next to the sensational Bread and Butter General Store (which they also own) is just the icing on the cake.

Evo Espresso

We love us some Fair-Trade coffee, and Evo Espresso in Yeronga serves up a mighty fine brew. A favourite with locals, this unassuming little café is worth a trip outside your 'hood.

Hansell & Gretel

A newbie to Brisbane's burgeoning northside café scene, Hansell & Gretel in Gaythorne is winning fans from all over with its delicious breakfast and lunch menu. If you haven't checked out this suburban gem yet, get right on it!

Café Auchenflower

They've just turned 1, but we're betting a lot of you have not ventured over to this gorgeous café in Auchenflower. The décor is cute and homely (as is the service) and the food and coffee are lovely. An excellent option for those with little tikes in tow—there's a playground right outside and some excellent food options for kids (although the jelly cups are for adults too, right?).

Double Shot Espresso

There is certainly no shortage of cafes to frequent in the New Farm area (which is why we wrote THIS) but Double Shot is holding its own. The food is delicious and the service friendly, which is why the locals are migrating. Be warned, it's cash only!

Jude Café

It can be hard to find a café in the city that excites, but Jude is a definite must visit. Famous for their burgers (we recommend washing one down with a chocolate shake) Jude is a safe bet if you're looking for hearty fare in a cute setting, without leaving the CBD.


If you live anywhere near Stafford, on Brisbane's north, no doubt you are already familiar with Elixir, but, if you're from further afield you might not know about this surprising spot, hidden behind a shed door in a quiet street. Boasting artisan coffee (it's great!) and delicious bites, Elixir brings a breath of fresh air to the suburban coffee scene.

Pear Café & Bar

Perfect for the indecisive among us, Pear Café offers a mix-and-match breakfast menu, which lets you essentially build your own brekky, so you can choose exactly what you feel like on the day. Plus, they're also a bar at night! It's Our kind of place.

Reverends Fine Coffee

We love Reverends for their industrial, laid-back feel, great coffee and excellent eats. A cult favourite with Valley locals.

Espresso Garage

A tiny little café, tucked away in South Bank, Espresso Garage is constantly busy with a stream of people after their daily (hourly?) caffeine fix. We hear the avocado on toast is excellent as well.

Slightly Twisted Refreshment Lounge

They have a milkshake menu. Nuff said.

Toby's Estate Espresso Bar

We love a sustainably sourced bean, and Toby's Estate has their bases well and truly covered in this regard. Open Monday to Friday, fight your way through the CBD coffee crowd and try it out. You won't be sorry.

Bare Bones Society

Making the people of Jindalee very happy, Bare Bones opened recently and is already loved by locals, thrilled to have a quality café show up in the 'burbs. Fresh, simple, and tasty food in a cool setting. 

Gas Espresso

Anywhere with astro turf is ok by us, but luckily, Gas Espresso has plenty more going for it. Their breakfast and lunch options are spot on and the coffee is outstanding.

The Brewnette Coffee Van

Local coffee served out the side of an American Airstream camper van? Why haven't you been yet?

Missed our round up of 10 bars you may not have heard of? Catch up here.

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