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 sub-standard start to your day is bordering on the criminal, so instead of settling for a mediocre eggs benny or croissant, 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.
Felix For Goodness
Looking for organic, locally sourced breakfast that's lovingly made from scratch in the Brisbane CBD? Look no further than Felix Espresso and Wine Bar. This Burnett Lane café is a hidden gem that offers up the perfect all-day breakfast menu, including housemade crumpets, classic avo smash, and daily specials alongside fresh smoothies and specialty coffee.
Three Blue Ducks
Taking up residency of the third floor of the luxurious W Hotel, the crew behind Three Blue Ducks have been exacting in their expectations of their first QLD space. No need to drive down to Byron Bay to get your TBD fix, tuck into the team's famous dishes and fresh produce in the heart of the city. The floor-to-ceiling views of the river and South Bank don't hurt, either.
Naim has earned quite the reputation for their beautifully plated, Middle Eastern-inspired breakfast menu featuring dishes like lamb bacon, flat bread, Baharat waffles and majedra. If you're a sufferer of meal envy opt for the smoked trout bagel and sit back knowing you've ordered one of the best items on the menu.
Just off James St 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.
Crust & Co
Though it’s not a café per se, every northsider knows Crust & Co for its authentically French baked breakfast fare. This unassuming bakery tucked out of sight in the back streets of Newmarket has an ever-changing line up of baked goods, but the quiche Lorraine, pastries, and bacon and egg brioche are standards and firm favourites. They also do a great coffee to accompany your carb haul. Crust & Co has a legion of loyal fans so if you’re heading down be sure to get there early—the shelves are usually bare by the 12pm closing time.
A standout on the Brisbane dining scene, Gauge single-handedly changed the dining scene in this town. With a string of awards to their name for their creative dishes and dedication to showcasing the best QLD and Australian produce, it is one of the least stuffiest places to grab a (slightly fancy) bite for breakfast.
Café O Mai
Two words: breakfast pho. Perfectly tender noodles and aromatic, spicy broth for the first meal of the day is a no-brainer at legendary breakfast haunt Café O Mai. If pho’s not really your thing, you could bless your tastebuds with the Vietnamese omelette, filled with prawns and pork mince, or the sweet corn and zucchini fritters, served with pineapple jam.
Woollongabba fave, Pawpaw knows a thing or two about putting on a killer breakfast. Our go-to dishes include the chilli caramel waffle, combining caramelised chilli pork knuckle with tropical fruits for that perfect umami favour, and the croissant benedict.
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 plenty of pickles and ferments incorporated into their dishes. Seasonal availability means that the trimmings are constantly shifting, but you can always be guaranteed an omelette, a savoury buckwheat galette, and a soup of the day.
The Smug Fig
An East Brisbane staple, The Smug Fig serves excellent coffee and their famous French toast dishes in the chilled out vibes of the adjacent cottage garden nursery. A total Brisbane breatfast icon, everyone needs to try their Malteaser French toast at least once.
Allpress Esspresso will lower the blood pressure of the most devout minimalists. Serving their signature Carmelo blend, rotating single origin and limited-edition blends, Allpress Espresso is open Monday to Friday serving up their famous coffee.
Coffee Supreme is a pristine little cafe tucked into Woolloongabba, serving some of the country’s best coffee. The beautiful white interiors with dark timber feels very chic and comforting, whether you’re just popping in for a java fix, enjoying some breakfast, or sticking around for the long haul.
Famous for dishes like the breakfast carbonara and classic MaMuffin, Morning After has been open for years in West End and still has lines out the door every single weekend. We're just saying, they do it right. Every. Single. Time.
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