Move over inner city, Brisbane’s south side is having a moment and has something to say when it comes to the perfect breakfast destination. Think fluffy pancakes, eggs whichever way you like them and enough twists on the classic avo on toast to keep even the most diehard millennial sated. And that’s before we even get past Greenslopes. Let’s just say south siders definitely don’t have to look too far for the ideal candidate for a lazy brunch.
Convinced to venture south of the river? Here are the absolute best breakfasts on Brisbane’s south side.
Cups & Wells
If the hipsterness level of your coffee hit is just as important to you as your breakfast, Cups & Wells should be your go-to. Here you can get a tasting flight of different bean brews, piccolo style, to complement your meal. On the all-day breakfast menu meanwhile, you’ll find the likes of pumpkin hash benedict and mango and passionfruit waffles.
Café O Mai
We have two words for you: breakfast pho. That’s right, you could be sipping on perfectly tender noodles and aromatic, spicy broth for the first meal of the day, all thanks to the legends over at 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.
Deedot Coffee House
Holland Park West
If you’re one of those people who thinks the more creative the breakfast the better, Deedot Coffee House might just be your match made in heaven. With a focus on natural, healthy ingredients, this suburban café’s all-day breakfast menu includes everything from blood orange and pistachio pancakes to pork belly benedict with house made sauerkraut.
The Jam Pantry
The Jam Pantry is all about hyper-seasonality, resulting in a menu that changes constantly and highlights only the best of Brisbane’s local produce. The Jam Pantry loves to put a twist on breakfast classics and each menu they design has a cohesive cuisine theme. Best of all, you’ll never have the same dish twice.
Todd & Pup
Todd & Pup is what happens when you combine a killer café with a pet-friendly atmosphere and we are so okay with that. Located in Moorooka, it can be hard to go past Todd & Pup’s selection of freshly handmade muffins and slices (choc-chip and pistachio muffins, anyone?) but we promise making it to the breakfast menu will be well worth your time. Said menu features such dishes as fried chicken benedict, sweet potato hash brown and of course, a seasonal version of the classic avo on toast.
Tucked away on the southside, Little Clive has the kind of decadent and well-turned-out breakfast menu that makes for life-long customers. One scroll of their Instagram feed and you’ll be group messaging the crew for a brunch date—and their regular waffle specials will have you coming back again and again. If you can go past their customisable eggs benedict, that is.
Penny Coffee Co.
Bent on bringing the masters of food and coffee under one roof, Penny Coffee Co. is so far making good on their promise. Their all-day menu is concise and well-executed, with all the breakfast staples represented with flair, from corn fritters and avo on toast to the more adventurous fruit loop crumbed brioche. As for that banging coffee we mentioned, Penny Coffee has your caffeination on lock with rotating blends from local roasters.
If Lady Marmalade’s Gringo Waffle ever came off the menu we’d probably start a petition, because this chilli cornbread waffle topped with savoury wagyu mince, minced chorizo, cheese, avocado and black bean salsa, sour cream and fried egg is definitely our hangover cure of choice. Also, the animal figurines they use instead of table numbers are cute AF.
This breezy, rustic cafe is right across the road from a grassy park, making Hyde Away the perfect spot to head for brunch with your pooch. Dishes like Maple bacon French toast and breakfast gnocchi just seal the deal, and they do a mean matcha latte too.
Little Black Pug
So dog-friendly they’ve even named their menu items using puppy puns, Little Black Pug looks cosy from the front, but they’re hiding an air adjoining dining space out back, with plenty of room to tuck into carrot cake pikelets with cream cheese icing or a bacon, egg and chips butty. But the real draw card? The menu for your doggo, complete with a warm puppycino or doggy biscuit.
St Coco Cafe
St. Coco Cafe is pumping out the breakfast and lunch dishes of your dreams. We're talking apple crumble waffles, bratwurst benedict, haloumi breakfast bowls, you name it. If all that wasn't enough, St. Coco cafe's decor is a Pinterest lovers wet dream—all rustic, Cali-style fit-out, featuring a plethora of cacti and succulents, kilim rugs and cushions and mis-matched seating, resulting in a very chic spot you’d never expect to find in Daisy Hill.
The original Billykart, this south side cafe has been slinging creative breakfast feeds for as long as we’ve been writing breakfast lists, and you just know they’ve gotten even better with age. They take the humble pancake and amp it up to 100 with caramelised bananas and coconut caramel, and give eggs a makeover with the addition of crispy potatoes, beer cheese sauce and bacon jam.
Tucked away in Sunnybank is this cosy spot that dishes up the breakfast you never knew you needed: The breakfast puffle. With pork floss, a tea egg, homemade pickles, rice, kimchi and kewpie mayo wrapped up in a hot puffle, it’s a sight for sore eyes—and stomachs. Too much for you? Southside Bistro also dish up plenty of classics, including a chilli omelette, acai bowls and avo on toast.
Kith 'n' Chow
This place is weekend breakfast goals. You’ve probably seen them popping in your feed with their epic breakfast boards. Order the Kith 'n' Chow platter for two—sourdough, bacon, pan seared tomatoes, grilled halloumi, avocado, smoked salmon, fried eggs, Greek yogurt, granola—and get ready to enter a food coma, because breakfast doesn’t get any better than this.
Apples On Ainsworth
Apples on Ainsworth is tucked into a quiet nook in up and coming south side ‘hood, Salisbury. The laidback vibe and use of fresh ingredients has made it a firm favourite among locals, while the halloumi stack with roasted tomatoes and basil pesto has made it a firm favourite with us.
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Image credit: Cups & Wells, Little Clive, Sophie Spencer