Move over northside, the southside 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 South Bank. Let’s just say southsiders 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 the southside.
Snag & Brown
The humble sausage is making a comeback and leading the charge is new Annerley café Snag & Brown. The snags—chorizo, pork chipolatas and tomato and polenta sausages to name a few—form part of the all-day breakfast menu also featuring with Bear Bones Coffee and West End Tea Co teas. There’s also plenty of space for your hound in this cosy little cottage.
Apples on Ainsworth
Apples on Ainsworth is tucked into a quiet nook in up and coming Southside ‘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 me.
Denim Co. has gently been making waves in Brisbane in recent years. First gaining fame through their gourmet hot chocolate selection (peanut butter Italian hot chocolate, anyone?), Denim also knows how to put on a mean breakfast feast. You just can’t go past their signature golden waffles—complete with Nutella, caramel popcorn and vanilla ice cream—or the melt-in-your mouth toasted coconut, mango and macadamia bread. Old-school brekkie lovers are also in for a treat as Denim has every style of egg you’d ever want on offer.
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. Let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong at Café O Mai.
The Roastery Café
Located just beyond the hustle and bustle of South Bank, The Roastery Café’s breakfast menu includes such gems as the Mediterranean breakfast board, complete with fiery peppers, haloumi and chorizo, and the chia pancakes, topped with pear compote and served with Coyo ice cream. Plus, The Roastery is committed to serving only the freshest, seasonal produce—with some vegetables and herbs grown on-site—so you can totally pretend your breakfast choice is good for you. Sign us the heck up!
Deedot Coffee House
Holland Park West
If you’re one of those people who can never decide on which side of breakfast to go for (guilty) 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 black rice coconut porridge to kimchi pancakes to the classic smashed avo on toast with house-made beetroot hummus. Deedot’s dining area is mostly outside to boot, so you can enjoy a lush brunch while soaking up that precious vitamin D.
The Gunshop Café
The Gunshop Café is so not to be missed if you seek the ultimate breakfast experience. Think exposed brick walls, groovy chandelier lighting and a menu to sate every appetite. Menu champions include the Belgian waffles, served with blackberry compote and honeycomb and cardamom Chantilly cream, the potato and fetta hash cakes with herbed sour cream and the brioche Nutella and caramelised banana French toast sandwich. Yeah, you’re definitely going to need your fat pants for this one.
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. Bring on September; we’re so ready for another set of Jam Pantry feasting.
The darling of Brisbane foodies everywhere, Pawpaw Café knows a thing or two about putting on a killer breakfast. Our go-to dishes include the chilli caramel waffle, combining caramelised chilli pork knuckle with tropical fruits for that perfect umami favour, and the croissant benedict, which merges together two of our favourite things—a perfectly flaky croissant and a good eggs benny—for a beautiful flavour explosion. Seriously, guys, it’s like heaven in your mouth. All you need is the perfect vanilla chai latte to top it all off. Our stomachs are growling just thinking about it.
Kiss The Berry
Okay, okay Kiss The Berry might not be a full blown breakfast-serving café, but it does dish up enough takes on the humble acai bowl to keep you coming back. Located under the ABC building at South Bank and on Creek St in the CBD, Kiss The Berry is your one stop shot for all things acai on the Southside. Our current go-to favourites include the dessert-worthy apple crumble bowl, topped with stewed apple, walnuts and handmade granola, and the snykers delight, which sees peanut better thrown into the typical acai blend.
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 Moroccan shakshuka, combining chorizo, mixed beans and a poached egg, and chat potato with haloumi, pesto, fresh basil and cherry tomato. And that’s before we even get to the joy that is brunching with your furry better half. Go there, love it, tag us in your epic post-breakfast muffin photoshoot. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.
Although it’s hiding in a tiny shopping village in Tarragindi, it hasn’t stopped Davies Bakery from producing some of the Southside’s best breakfast goods. We love the bacon and egg rolls, freshly cooked cinnamon doughnuts, delicious smelling bread and above average coffee at this under the radar breakfast champion.
Sunny Seven South (named because it’s 7 kilometres south of the city, der) in Yeronga is made for relaxing breakfasts. The blueberry hotcakes with edible flowers are a superstar of the menu, but savoury-lovers have much to choose from too; our tip is the poached eggs with crispy polenta and pancetta hash. Drool.
Cake & Bake
Part bakery, part café, Cake & Bake in West End is a hive of baking activity that presents almost too many stellar breakfast options. Whether your preference is creamy quiches, buttery croissants, Danishes with seasonal fruit or on point coffee, it’s a winner. I also love that they have a number of parking spaces—yes, impossible to find free parking spaces—in crowded West End.
Committed to living your best life north of the river? Fear not, here are the best breakfasts on the Northside.
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