Hunting down a good breakfast on Brisbane’s northside doesn’t have to be an all-day mission—the northern suburbs are home to myriad of quality cafes and breakfast spots to cure your waffles cravings and get you jacked on great coffee.
From Boondall to Toombul, Banyo to Chermy, these are the best cafes for breakfasts on the northside.
Crust & Co
Though it’s not a café per se, every northsider worth their salt knows Crust & Co for its array of freshly baked breakfast fare. This authentic French bakery tucked out of sight in 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 good a 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.
Blockhouse Eat + Drink
Nundah favourite, Blockhouse has a moreish and creative breakfast menu that’s all over the shop in the best possible way. Avocado and bacon tacos. Lobster benedict with truffled hollandaise and caviar. Petite waffles with karaage chicken and Sriracha maple. Adult Milo with Irish cream panacotta. We could go on. Best of all, the Blockhouse brunch menu runs allll day.
Nana & Da’s
Tucked out of sight in quite residential street of Kedron, Nana & Da’s has a familiar homey vibe that’s made it a firm favourite with northsiders who are too lazy to poach their own eggs but would still like to enjoy their breakfast in the comfort of home. The menu is built on breakfast classics, and the baked goods are top notched, making this one northside café we could happily while away a Saturday.
Let Minnow Café
Let Minnow’s breakfast menu includes classic brekky dishes plus some new twists on the first meal of the day. The new winter menu features showstoppers like pumpkin pie pancakes, and an Okonomiyaki pancake stack with Peking pork, however die hard fans are all about the Nutella hot chocolates and incredible milkshakes on offer.
Albion’s Brewbakers feels like a secret that only the cluey-ist northsiders have cottoned on to. A bakery and café, you can roll up and grab delicious baked goodies to go, or stay for a meal, like croissants stuffed with scrambled eggs or avocado on toast. Our tip: The sourdough doughnuts are worth crossing the river for.
The Low Road
A tropical, Tiki-inspired kitsch little café in an unassuming spot in Windsor, The Low Road has a home-style feel that has made it a favourite with northsiders. Come for the hilarious chalk board messages, stay for the cracking breakfast nosh.
Stafford cafe Pod Espresso may be a hole-in-the-wall, but the breakfast menu is big-time delicious. Drop in for the likes of beef brisket on sweet potato and smoked feta bread, or green toast, topped with grilled zucchini, asparagus, spinach, pesto and shaved parmesan.
Artie & Mai
You might know Artie & Mai for its splendid red exterior, but venture inside and you’ll be treated to one of the best breakfast cafes on the northside. An all-day breakfast menu that includes all the brekky classics, albeit with their own fresh spin, makes for an exciting way to start the day. We’re all about the Nutella French toast.
Willow & Spoon
A quaint little northside café with a retro feel, Willow & Spoon is sitting pretty on Newmarket Road and waiting to fulfill your every breakfast whim. The menu is simple and seasonal, with a home-style cooking feel. Their all-day brunch menu is always evolving, but you can enjoy the likes of Southern fried chicken will chili scrambled eggs, and apple and rhubarb coconut crumble as well as traditional breakfast staples.
Banyo’s Putia café has a massive breakfast menu that makes deciding what to order a straight up nightmare. Green bowls and vegan crumbles sit alongside more decadent dishes like corn bread chorizo waffles with pulled pork, and buckwheat banoffee waffles with brown sugar banana cream. The fact that there are ricotta cannoli doughnuts on the breakfast menu means this is our kind of place.
She Bangs Café
She Bangs is such a cracker of a northside café we’re not even going to bother talking about Ricky Martin here. An industrial, art-filled café space and small but delicious all-day breakfast menu have firmly planted She Bangs in the hearts and stomachs of northsiders.
A wholesale roasting house-come-café, Elixir a long and plentiful all-day brekky menu with something for everyone, including healthy options like the buddha bowl and paleo plate sitting alongside hearty classics like the bacon and egg roll and patriotic ‘Roar Breakfast’ (poachies, sausage, bacon, haloumi, spinach, mushroom, pita).
Dandelion & Driftwood
Home to some of the best coffee in all of Brisbane, northside café gem Dandelion & Driftwood also has a rep’ for high quality nosh to boot (is there anything they can’t do!?). The menu here is simple, but every dish is done beautifully. Chow down on buttermilk waffles topped with pomegranate meringue crumb, chai porridge with peaches, or golden potato rostis, or try the photogenic red velvet hot chocolate. Heavenly!
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Image credit: Let Minnow by Ariana Gillrie