9 Brisbane Cafes You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

By Laura Walkley
14th Jul 2015

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

If you’re pining to be the most indie out of all of your New Balance clad friends, your strategy of attack should include venturing off the beaten track and into one of the following, lesser known Brisbane cafes hiding under the colourful rug that is Brisbane suburbia. #trendsetter. 

Here are 9 Brisbane cafes you’ve probably never heard of, but most definitely should have.

Dramanti Artisan Roasters


Dramanti brings high-end coffee culture to Wynnum, but even to first time visitors the brew might taste familiar. Owner, Dragan Sestic roasts his own brew on site, while outsourcing to other cracking Brisbane cafes, such as Southside Tea Room and Foundry Artisan Coffee. Visiting the cozy industrial shed by the train line means you can enjoy a coffee straight from the roastery housed in the corner.

Cambridge Lane Espresso


Heading out to the Bay need not mean going without great coffee. Venture down the laneway off Cambridge Parade and you’ll find Cambridge Lane Espresso. Brightly coloured tables are strewn outside to maximise your Vitamin D intake, while a cute indoor nook is perfect for rainy days.

Two Teaspoons


A vegan and gluten-free wonderland, Jindalee cafe, Two Teaspoons is cute as a button and stuffed full of sweet delights. A wholesale bakery turned cafe, expect insanely delicious baked treats and simple, tasty breakfast and lunch nosh. 

Soul & Sun


Decked out to resemble a Persian bazaar, Brisbane café Soul & Sun in Ashgrove is proving to deliver in the cultural and cuisine departments. The cafe, which opened earlier this year, sells handmade rugs from the Middle East, and the menu offers East-West fusions such as the Moroccan chicken pie. Cardamom tea and Turkish sweets go down a treat after lunch.

Ashton & Old 

Camp Hill

Located along Old Cleveland Road, this eclectic cafe is one you will wish you’d discovered earlier. Ashton & Old has unique brekky options such as crumbed brie, mushroom and poached egg ciabatta, and waffles with raspberry jam and salted caramel sauce. Jaffle diehards will be swooning over the pulled pork and provolone toastie. Um, yum?


Wellington Point

Buttermilk hotcakes with grilled rhubarb are a crowd favourite at Wellington Point’s Refuelled Cafe. The smoothie menu here is also impressive, and the chilled vibe makes for leisurely slurping.

Scully’s Place

East Brisbane

Cafe and grocer, Scully’s Place in East Brisbane is perfect for those on a diet. Whether you’re vegan or gluten-free, they’re happy to adapt your dish. The produce is ultra fresh and the breakfast here feels hearty yet healthy. 

First Pour

West End

Get ready for some impressive latte art in your Veneziano coffee at First Pour. This bright, underrated Brissie cafe has some breakfast jewels blingin’ up the menu, such as the rosti with bacon and spinach, and the polenta porridge with figs. Heaven.

Smoked Paprika


I almost want to keep this cute Brisbane cafe all to myself, but the zucchini fritters here are too good not to spread the love. The very generous servings at Smoked Paprika will fill you to the brim and—to top off the good vibes—this lovely cafe takes bookings.

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