Battle Of The Burbs: Who Has Brisbane’s Best Coffee?

By Rachel Lay
25th Jul 2016

Brisbanes best coffee

Sorry Melbourne, but we think it may be time for your de-throning as Australia’s coffee capital, because Brisbane’s coffee game is pretty damn strong. But, let’s be honest, the best part about a great coffee is when it’s close-at-hand and involves minimal effort to attain—or is that just us being insanely lazy?

Not content with just battling with the Victorians, in true competitive spirit, we’ve rounded up the best coffee in Brisbane by ‘burb, because when it comes to arguing in the great north-versus-south debate you need to factor in coffee. Obviously.

So, here they are, the best coffee spots in your neck of the woods. Let the battle rage on [link to north vs. south article], and let us know which side of the river you think reigns supreme in the coffee stakes.


Morning After | West End

Morning After not only looks cool (Scandi’ design and indoor plants are always a winning combo), but their coffee is a 10, too. There’s a prime picking of Australian coffee beans on offer, plus a mean menu to boot.

Todd & Pup | Moorooka

Todd & Pup do their coffee by the bowl, and anyone that serves coffee in metric litres loves coffee just as much as us. Serving up Genovese coffee and a mean breakfast, lunch, and the occasional dinner (check their hours!) this cafe is nailing coffee and putting the south side on the Brisbane coffee map. Bonus points for being mega dog friendly, too.

Merriweather | South Brisbane

Complete with roof-top garden, a pup, and gorgeous fit out, Merriweather know their way around a cup of coffee. Perfect for a breakfast bite and a perfectly made cup of Jo. There’s also something to be said for coffee served in beautiful cups, which this adorable café nails every time.

Piggyback | Jindalee

Piggyback are earning their place on the Brisbane coffee map with their uber-pretty rainbow latte art. Yes, rainbow—it’s seriously cool. Not just pretty colours, it’s also a great cup of coffee, too, which is also important.

Black Lab | Tarragindi

Tarragindi newbie, Black Lab are serving up epic coffee, with a cute dog to boot. Southside for the win! Dogs are welcome here—a big plus. With a takeaway window, you can just zip in and out to get your fix, which is ideal when you’re in your pre-coffee state.


The Tiller Coffee | Alderley

Coffee served out of a converted shipping container tastes better. Fact. Coffee made on the north side also tastes better. Potentially fact? Tiller Coffee is a bit of a secret, but their coffee game is strong, so the north side gets extra points for creativity and taste here.

My Mistress | Clayfield

My Mistress is a super cute north side coffee haunt with a whole heap of sophistication and style. Perfect for an Insta pic (or two) and a near perfect coffee, stop by My Mistress if you’re in need of a cup of Jo north of the river. We give them points for a name that almost captures the intensity of our relationship with coffee [link to 5 days no coffee].

Wolff Rost Haus | Hendra

Housed inside in actual roast house in Hendra, you know this shit is fresh. There’s no better feeling that sinking a few (caffeinated) brews surrounded by the scent of freshly roasted coffee beans. You win north side, you win.

Fonzie Abbott Espresso | Hamilton

The original home of Fonzie Abbott, Hamilton adds some serious coffee credentials to the north side’s scoreboard. Their super cute Racecourse Road set up is ideal coffee catch up material, with super friendly staff who won’t judge your pre-caffeine self. Plus, bonus points go to these guys for diversifying and offering their beans on pretty much every side of Brisbane. Well played you guys, well played.

Dandelion & Driftwood | Hendra

Dandelion & Driftwood is kind of adorable. The set-up is great: freshly made treats on display, wrought iron tables and chairs, hanging plants, and perfection in the form of some of Brisbane’s best coffee. Drool. You go north side, you go!


Bunker | Milton

Bunker  in Milton kicks some serious goals for the west side. This (literal) hole in the wall ticks a lot of boxes: overgrown vines, cold drip coffee, friendly staff, and epic hot chocolates for those weirdos who don’t need a caffeine hit.

Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters | Rainworth

What is it with the west side and these adorable fit-outs?! With freshly roasted coffee beans (that you can also buy to recreate the experience at home, FYI) and baristas who know their way around a mug, we’re kind of obsessed with this place. Westside for the win?

The Odyssey Project | Milton

Seriously west side, back at it again with the hidden gems? The Odyssey Project, in Milton, is hidden behind a roller door in an industrial estate. Their coffee though, is epic. It’s one of those places that makes you think, ‘wait, this coffee shop is cooler than me’, and thus question your self-worth. Grim, but delicious.

The Single Guys | Kenmore

Born and bred in Brisbane, The Single Guys are killing it in the coffee scene and putting the west side firmly on the map. Guess we’ll see you in Kenmore?

Three Girls Skipping | Graceville

Three Girls Skipping, in Graceville, puts a new spin on the classic corner store coffee shop. Not only do they kill it in the coffee game, they go one step further with their delicious range of cakes. Plus, mega-bonus points for being super dog friendly and thus the ultimate place for a pit stop on your morning walk.

Darling & Co | Paddington

Darling & Co isn’t just a bar people, they also do coffee. And it’s great. We love sitting out on the veranda with the hanging plants and sunshine as we people watch with some top-tier coffee.

The Brass Barrel | Rosalie

Sometimes the best coffee is one that is accompanied by an epic meal. You gotta find yourself a place that can do both, folks. A perfectly baked camembert with a perfectly made coffee = heaven, which we have the Brass Barrel to thank for. Bonus points for melted cheesey goodness, I guess?


Microlot | Hawthorne

This super-secret coffee house in Hawthorne really gets coffee. Microlot actually refers to the best batch of beans on the farm, so you know you’re getting the good shit here. Plus, the coffee is sourced directly from the owner’s coffee farm in Colombia and the blend on offer changes every few days.

Locavore | Woolloongabba

Locavore is an ethical, locally-focused coffee spot for east siders to grab their coffee fix. With a pretty tasty breakfast menu to match, this is a tried and test spot for a perfect start to the day.

Wired Espresso Bar | East Brisbane

Historic features, high ceilings and some serious coffee calibre—what more could you want? This isn’t the spot for a full on breakfast spot, but is the spot if you’re looking for an impeccable brew.

Paw Paw Café | Woolloongabba

Health conscious eats and uber quick coffee keep this place pretty high on our list of coffee spots, and sways our vote ever so slightly toward the east side. A Cocowhip doesn’t do much to dull our love for this place either.

Little Prince Espresso | Woolloongabba

Housed in the Princess Theatre, this coffee spot is all exposed brick and charm. With some of the best coffee in Brisbane, full stop, Little Prince boosts the south-side’s coffee ranking by a whole lot. 10 points to the south!

So which side of town is serving Brisbane’s best coffee? We’ll leave it with you to decide!

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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