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 Brisbane's northside.
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.
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.
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.
Don't let Huskk Cafe's cosy, minimalist space fool you—on the breakfast menu here you'll find an adventurous selection of dishes far bigger in flavour and flair than the venue lets on. With everything sourced locally and seasonally, tuck into feeds like gingerbread pancakes with butterscotch sauce and bunya nut crumble, or pumpkin and buckwheat waffles topped with sauteed mushrooms and a perfectly poached egg.
Petrichor & Co
Head to Petrichor & Co for a Brisbane breakfast and you'll find a little slice of South America waiting for you. Drawing on the owners' Colombian heritage, the menu features spicy options like chilli con carne and empanadas, but you'll also find more familiar brunch fare like spiced pumpkin pancakes and shakshuka
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. Frankly, we’re all about the waffles.
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 waffles with crispy roast pork, bourbon maple syrup and mac 'n' cheese, as well as plenty of breakfast staples.
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 their famous one-pan ricotta hotcake.
After taking over the gaping Wilston hole left behind by Freja’s Cafe, Clementine had some pretty big shoes to fill—but they’ve hit the ground running and already have a small army of regulars popping by weekly. The airy interiors are just the spot to spend a Sunday morning indulging in ricotta hotcakes loaded with berries, berry gelato and raspberry caramel. Make sure you grab a flaky croissant on the way out for later too.
Bear Boy Espresso
A Gold Coast favourite that’s made its way north, Bear Boy Espresso has been winning hearts with both its coral pink interiors and its impeccably presented breakfasts. Staples on their menu include buttermilk fried chicken and poached eggs on waffles with Sriracha hollandaise and their stacked breakfast burger, but you should also cast your eyes towards the seasonal menu. This winter sees apple French toast and mushrooms on toast with truffle may join the line up, so you may have trouble choosing what to eat.
White Horse Ranch Cafe
Bringing a taste of the country to Albany Creek, White Horse Ranch is part cafe and part gift store—basically it’s got all your weekend necessities covered. After you’ve had a browse of the quirky locally made homewares, take a seat and tuck into brunch dishes like potato rostis topped with mushrooms and a fried egg; waffles loaded with cinnamon and mango jelly, vanilla crumble and coconut mascarpone, or a classic eggs benny or avo on toast. Their outdoor seating area is dog-friendly too, so bring along your four-legged friends for a treat
Dandelion & Driftwood
Having trouble deciding whether you want sweet or savoury for breakfast? Dandelion & Driftwood has you covered with their double decker breakfast towers. Designed to share, you’ll get to dig into a bottom plate of corn and zucchini fritters, potato rosti, eggs, bacon and smashed avo and halloumi on toast PLUS a top plate of waffles with caramel fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream. Who says you can’t have it all?
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 ricotta hotcakes with spiced apple and mascarpone and corn and quinora fritters, however die hard fans are all about the toasties and incredible milkshakes on offer.
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.
Banyo’s Putia Pure Food has a massive breakfast menu that makes deciding what to order a straight up nightmare. Green harvest bowls and leek and zucchini omelettes sit alongside more decadent dishes like buttermilk bounty pancakes and a breakfast roll stacked with bacon, scrambled eggs and cheddar. The fact that there are brunch cocktails on the menu means this is our kind of place.
A wholesale roasting house-come-café, Elixir a long and plentiful all-day brekky menu with something for everyone—but especially those who really like to indulge of a morning. Extra calorific breakfast dishes here include the house baked croffle (a croissant waffle) with puffed cocoa and maple quinoa, Nutella, hazelnut praline, mascarpone and dulce de leche caramel sauce, or the brioche French toast with banana, bacon, haloumi and coffee maple syrup.
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Image credit: My Mistress, Petrichor & Co, Clementine, Let Minnow