Breakfast in Brisbane is almost a cultural movement. On almost every street corner is somewhere you can get coffee and a decent feed—we've almost too many cafes to choose from. To settle for a substandard start to your day is bordering on the criminal, so instead of settling for burnt toast or microwaved porridge, launch yourself headlong into post-dawn endeavours that won't leave you disappointed.
From north to south, east to west, these are Brisbane's best breakfast haunts. Did we miss your favourite? Calm down, maybe they’re on our list of Brisbane’s best brunches.
Sure it might be a tight squeeze, and you might have to wait a while for a table, but damn if Little Loco’s breakfast menu doesn’t make our hearts beat a little faster every time. They’ve been around awhile but definitely haven’t dropped off in the creativity department—their bacon and egg bao and breakfast pizza are proof of that.
Woollongabba fave, Pawpaw knows a thing or two about putting on a killer breakfast in a stylish space. Our go-to dishes include the Sriracha BBQ pulled pork waffle, piling pulled pork on cheddar cheese waffles, or whatever insane variation of pancakes they’ve cooked up for the season—this time it’s chocolate cheesecake pancakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Florence Cafe's focus on seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced produce is keenly felt in their menu, which reflects a modern approach to food traditions with truckloads of pickles and fermented veg incorporated into just about every dish. Seasonal availability means that the trimmings are constantly shifting, but you can always be guaranteed an omelette, a green bowl, and plenty of deliciousness.
The Jam Pantry
The best thing about The Jam Pantry in Greenslopes is that their chalkboard menu of all-day breakfasts change constantly, which means you can come here time and time again and never get bored. What is a constant is the use of delicious homemade condiments like papaya and lime jam and banana relish, which make everything from traditional bacon and eggs to fluffy omelettes seem exotic.
Blockhouse Eat + Drink
Nundah favourite, Blockhouse has a moreish and creative breakfast menu that’s all over the shop in the best possible way. Breakfast schnitzel. Mushroom barley risotto. Okonomiyaki with Japanese waffles. Avocado on toast with popcorn chicken. We could go on. Best of all, the Blockhouse brunch menu runs allll day.
Tucked away on the southside, Little Clive has the kind of decadent and well-turned-out breakfast menu that makes for life-long customers. One scroll of their Instagram feed and you’ll be group messaging the crew for a brunch date—and their regular waffle specials will have you coming back again and again. If you can go past their customisable eggs benedict, that is.
Managing to give off serious country barn vibes despite being located in a quiet suburban street in Kedron, Farmhouse usually has a line snaking down the street on Sunday mornings—but if you can hang in there, it’s worth the wait. Maintain your position and be rewarded with breakfast gnocchi in chilli sauce with thick-cut bacon, parmesan and free-range poached egg or Belgian waffles with dark chocolate fudge.
Just off James Street in Fortitude Valley, King Arthur is one of those classic cafes you just can't help but keep coming back to. As well as some of the most delicious and hearty feeds for breakfast, you’ll also find a plethora of housemade cakes and sweet pastries, with jars of fermenting veggies stacked up on the shelves ready for plating.
Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen
Get the ‘gram ready because Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen has some of the prettiest dishes and digs going around. Located in West End, step into this tropical oasis and fill your fork with fine nourishing fare. They’ve got everything from French toast and sweet potato hash to peanut butter acai bowls. It’s pure perfection, not to mention incredibly wholesome, with almost the whole menu gluten and dairy-free.
Naïm has earned quite the reputation for their beautifully plated, Middle Eastern-inspired breakfast menu featuring dishes like baklava waffles, brekkie pita and falafel benedict. If you're a sufferer of meal envy opt for the shakshuka (baked eggs) with toasted challah bread and tuck in safe in the knowledge that you’ve ordered one of the best dishes on offer.
Take a trip to Botero on Creek Street for exceptional coffee and fantastic breaky options. If you’re dashing in before work, their coffee is some of the best in town, but catching an earlier bus so you can tuck into crumpets with smoked salmon and poached eggs or their amazing maple bacon French toast is always a good idea. Even their version of avo toast is suitably extra with pumpkin, feta and house dukkah.
West End and Annerley
We’re big fans of unique, quirky brekkies, and no one does quirky quite like Billykart. They take the humble baked beans and amp it up with Kransky sausage, hash browns and red cabbage kimchi, and turn porridge into a work of art with buckwheat, cocoa, cardamom, cinnamon, maple poached pear and granola.
Everything about this warm, earthy northside cafe is fun and laid back, including the My Mistress menu. If you’re in the mood for something light, consider a ‘Cheeky Fling’ like Middle Eastern fruit load with ricotta and seasonal compote or an acai bowl with seasonal market fruit. After something a little more serious? Why not get involved in a ‘Main Affair’ including the aptly named Eggs Marilyn or Eggs Monica, both being a clear and hilarious reference to two women famous for their affairs.
Now before you go trying to tell us that Pablo shut their doors years ago, stop, because the rumours are true—Pablo is back, and they’ve brought their smashed peas with them. Pablo 2.0 isn’t even far from the original, and you’ll find a line up of brunch eats worth falling in love with all over again on their new menu. But let’s be real—you know you’re going to get the peas.
Take every one of your favourite breakfast dishes and give it an epically tasty twist—that’s pretty much the menu at Chapter IV. Housed in an old Queenslander complete with a verandah that offers up some pretty epic views of the city, Chapter IV dishes up hearty versions of French toast, fritters, waffles, hash cakes and eggs benny, with a healthy green buddha bowl thrown in for good measure.
Finished your Brisbane breakfast and ready for lunch? Check out the best spots for a long lunch here.
Image credit: Little Loco, Hayley Williamson, Esteban Rivera, My Mistress