Looking for breakfast in the Brisbane CBD can be quite the challenge. Mediocre coffee options they have by the bucket load, but great spots for breakfast (and good coffee)? That's another story. Until recently, the CBD has been a largely neglected realm of the Brisbane breakfast scene, so we know you folks schelping it into the big smoke will appreciate a list of the best breakfast cafes in Brisbane's CBD.
The Garden Room
ROMA STREET PARKLANDS
Nestled amongst the greenery that is the Roma Street Parklands, The Garden Room truly is an urban oasis. The aptly-named eatery has plants covering seemingly every surface, combining the beauty of a garden with the comfort of a cafe. The curated breakfast menu is sure to delight, with goodies including locally baked sourdough, a classic eggs benny, and the star of the show: cinnamon-dusted doughnuts with a side of sizzling bacon, topped with caffeinated-maple syrup. Yes, you read that right—caffeinated. Maple. Syrup. Oh, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, just to top it all off.
Take a trip to Botero on Creek Street for exceptional coffee and fantastic breaky options. We have literally never had a bad experience with their coffee and that is an all but impossible strike rate so you can take our word for it. As for brekky, try the smoked mushrooms with haloumi and truffle pesto on sourdough, or their soul-warming matcha porridge. Even their idea of avo toast is suitably extra with red onion, coriander, lime, onion oil and the option of added pork belly.
Felix For Goodness
Looking for organic, locally sourced breakfast that's lovingly made from scratch in the Brisbane CBD? Look no further than Felix. 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. They even make their own jam.
Frankie & George
We bloody love Frankie & George, and not just because they pour some of the best brews on the block, but because they are one of the few places in the city centre that serve an absolutely cracking breakfast all day long. Chilli scrambled eggs, potato hash, and a quinoa and coconut porridge are just a couple of standouts from their menu, and go down great with a cup of whatever blend is in the grinder. Frankie & George also boasts a cabinet full of fresh baked muffins, cakes, and cookies, making them perfect for snacking on the go.
Notable for their grungy laneway seating, Coffee Iconic more than lives up to their name with a rotation of the latest and greatest blends in specialty coffee. Their all day breakfast features hazelnut and Oreo French toast as well as some comforting classics like granola or avo toast for those days when you're in a mad rush.
Death Star Canteen
Needless to say, any Brisbane cafe that reps as an ode to one of the most iconic comedy sketches of ALL time, gets our vote. Death Star Canteen is littered with Star Wars decor (yes, the Darth Vader cookies are delicious. Eat 10), but importantly, they do a mean-ass coffee and some great classic brekfast dishes (scrambled eggs, avo on toast, big brekky—you catch our drift). And, yes, there is penne arrabbiatta on the menu.
This specialty coffee café serves one of the city's best breakfast menus from Monday to Friday. Sure it's simple, but simple, honest chow is what you need before your daily grind gets going. Think avocado and sourdough toast with dukkah, house made honey granola and classic eggs on toast. Strauss also have green smoothies and a good range of teas to get your day started right, or exceptional coffee to get your day started even better.
Love toast? Us too. But finding the perfect slice in the Brisbane City is not easy. You might know The Gresham as a great spot for an after-work drink or three, but this Brisbane CBD bar also do breakfast and a cracking cup of joe. Their breakfast menu celebrates all that is good about toasties, including a Reuben, classic ham and cheese, and a beef brisket toastie with jahlsberg, caramelised onion, roasted peppers and Walter's steak sauce. They also serve delish' croissants, faithful avo smash, and 'the Colonel's blend' of Silipo coffee.
Whether you’re craving crushed avo on toast or chocolate pancakes, Ed Cafe’s got you covered with breakfast and brunch served well into the afternoon. If you’re feeling healthy, opt for a nourish bowl, packed full of greens and goodies that are sure to leave you energised. But if you’re working off a night out, go for the hash benny or the Big Ed for all that greasy goodness.