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. The CBD—until recently—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.
A cross between the elegant wine bars of old and an NYC loft apartment, Greenglass is a literal hidden gem serving up a small but oh-so elegant French menu, paired with some of the best dmn coffee in town. Their menu changes regularly, but one main stayer is the dippy eggs. You MUST order the dippy eggs!
Serving up an impeccable cup of joe using an organic blend from The Byron Bay Coffee Company, Cawfee is the perfect breakfast in Brisbane's CBD. Serving up scrumptious foodstuffs—think bagel sandwiches, toasties, pastries, cakes and brekky salads—add this to your list of best breakfasts in Brisbane CBD, stat!
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.
Pablo & Rusty
Known for their next level coffee, Pablo & Rusty is no ordinary Brisbane CBD cafe. Having brought their scintillating operation north delivering some much needed specialty coffee to the corporate world, Pablo & Rusty's are offering cuppings and tastings to their power-suited patrons. While you won't find 'hearty' brekky dishes on the menu, this is THE place to pick up sinfully good pastries, muffins, bagels and, damn good coffee.
This little known Brisbane CBD 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, sourdough pancakes with pepe saya crème fraiche and fruit, and a hot smoked salmon rillette with a boiled egg and 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.
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 does an amazing bircher museli, breakfast tarts, jaffles, fresh organic smoothies, Cup coffee, and teas and juices. They even make their own jam. Naw.
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 jo. Their breakfast menu celebrates all that is good about bread of the grilled variety, and includes seven types of toast (SEVEN!), including our fave variety avo' on toast. They also serve delish' Danishes and muffins, and offer breakfast specials, like coffee and toast for only $5.
Pourboy Espresso on Wharf Street is a haven for coffee lovers that's serving up the good stuff from 6am Monday to Friday. Come for the coffee, stay for the food, we say. Serving breakfast until 11am and lunch until their close at 3.30pm, they are kicking delicious breakfast goals with menu items like the Breakfast Jamon Burger and Cheesy Peasy, a melange of cheesie-fied toast with fresh herbs. Y-U-M.
Open on Monday to Friday from 7am, hidden down Burnett Lane, you'll find Brisbane CBD café Brew. Their breakfast menu is short, but hearty and oh-so tasty. Smoked salmon croque monsieur? Yes please!
Riverbar & Kitchen
Eagle Street Pier
Breakfast tastes better with million dollar views, especially when that breakfast comes from Riverbar. Get stuck into their polenta fritters served with pancetta, mushroom, kale and tomato salsa.
The rumours are true, Miss Kay’s has a breakfast menu and it’s pretty epic. Get your hands on their epic big breaky burger of beef patty, bacon, hash brown, egg, cheese and relish or try their fried chicken and waffles, sure to tackle any lingering hangover from the weekend.
Take a trip to Botero on Creek Street for exceptional coffee and fantastic breaky options. Try the gingerbread hotcakes or their amazing crushed green peas and broad beans on sourdough with a gooey poached egg, mint, preserved lemon and za’atar.
Felix For Goodness
Felix for Goodness is a hidden gem that offers up the perfect all-day breakfast menu, including shakshuka baked eggs served with yoghurt, herb salad and sourdough and everyone’s favourite, boiled eggs and soldiers!
Kiss The Berry
For a healthy breakfast on the run, stop in at Kiss The Berry on Creek Street. Get your paws on one of their amazing, seasonal acai bowls, like panna cotta and rhubarb or berrytime madness.
You'll find Bagel Boys on Adelaide Street serving fresh bagels, baked daily. Noms. Choose your bagel base from options like sunflower and rye, blueberry or poppy then top it with good things like cream cheese, butter, avocado and so much more!
Pop into Pando for all your CBD breakfast needs, including blueberry and cacao pancakes, smashed avo and ‘The Happy Pig,’ of Kingaroy bacon served with eggs, a sweet potato rosti and perfect sourdough.
Collective Kitchen does pretty much every breakfast you could think of, which makes choosing something near impossible. We're obsessed with their iteration of eggs benny and the hot cakes though, because of course we can't pick just one.
Greenglass | Image credit: Yaseera Moosa