Just the other day I overheard someone say that ‘Brisbane’s got plenty of cafes, we don’t need anymore’. Well pah! and tosh! I say to that. Everyone knows that café culture has segmented the market to target different wants and whimsies, and I’m constantly racking up new whimsies. Whether it’s a takeaway lunch, a leisurely breakfast, or just some really incredible coffee, Brisbane’s got a café to match whatever you’re looking for.
This year we were thrilled to welcome a bunch more cafés into the mix so it is with great pleasure and aplomb that we bring you just ten of our favourite cafes of 2017. Keep cups at the ready, let’s check ‘em out:
Goddamn if this isn’t the cutest little vegan spot that ever moseyed into West End. Besides a stellar cup of Joe, Grown offers a heap of non-caffeinated alternatives from a spiced chai to a beetroot latte. When it comes to food, Grown doesn’t overthink it. Their menu is a finely-honed selection of seriously delicious vegan dishes, made using locally sourced and seasonal produce, that are guaranteed send you out into the day with a pep in your step and the dreamy grin of someone who just did themselves some good.
This little offshoot was set up to complement the spoils of sister store Botanica on Newstead’s Chester Street. But where Botanica rules in salads o’erflowing, Greenhaus Coffee serves as a quick breakfast spot and premium caffeination station. Drop by in the early morning for the daily tartine (you’ll want to skip the rush) and pick up an iced matcha or daily brew, made on Allpress coffee (more on them later).
This year, John Mills and Bunker welcomed a little sister into their family business. Bessa is a wee little legend, brewing up 5 Senses’ house roast as well as a rotating blend, just to keep things fresh and exciting for everyone who visits every day. Bessa also does a mean batch brew and some bottled coffee for any hardcore cravings outside of trading hours. They also happen to be one of the stockists of Alphabet Café’s fresh bakes so come on down and treat yourself to a doughnut.
Edward Specialty Coffee
Don’t let the minimal and monochromatic décor fool you into thinking Edward is just another good-looking dude with no substance. His brewing operation is slick and refined, pumping out tides of quality java in record time, and stays open from 5am-5pm every weekday thus extinguishing that woeful time after 2pm when all the good cafés are closed but the work day has another three hours left in it. It’s not often you’ll find a specialty coffee nook that’ll do that, but Edward does because he cares. He also stocks some wicked pastries.
The Cheese Pleaser
When a renowned caterer and designated fromagerie decides to turn the provender at their disposal into café fare, we damn near forget ourselves. The Cheese Pleaser is just such a place, part deli, part café and all glorious with stuff like gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast, delicious salads for lunch, and specialty coffee, hampers, and cheese boards for all your other miscellaneous noshing needs.
Loading Dock Espresso
Taking over the space formerly occupied by Pourhouse, Loading Dock is the latest coffee nook to spice up the life of Teneriffe sippers. Specialising in swifty takeaway, this is a perennially reliable fueling station to pick up a mug of some slammin’ Botero blend and power through your working week.
If you’re a fan of Allpress, you’ll be frothing over this latest addition to East Brisbane. The Burleigh-based roasters seem to supply half of Brisbane’s best cafes, and now that they’ve set up their own café and roastery in Brisbane, you can make a little pilgrimage to where it all starts. Expect their signature Carmelo blend as well as any single origins or limited editions (both in cups and in bags) that happen to be available. There’s also a training area for any keen drinkers eager to work on their brewing skills.
Powered by a love for the Germanic hillside, this café’s name comes from a German word describing a forest so vast that it looks like an ocean. Fitting then that Vvaldmeer is more like a little woodsy retreat than a pitstop en route elsewhere, and well worth clearing your morning to check it out. Their breakfasts are clean and delicious with tonnes of vegan and vego options, as well as Danny’s pastries and a whole bunch of different roasters on the grinder.
Mylk + Ko
Someone had to make healthy food the envy of the breakfast table, and that someone is Ines Scholtes. You might recognise her as the mind behind the most gorgeous gluten- and dairy-free desserts on her Instagram, and since opening Mylk + Ko Scholtes brought the joy of her homemade delights to the masses. Offering Cocowhip sundaes, smoothies and juices as well as coffee and alternate brews to drink, Mylk + Ko are best known for their nourishing breakfast bowls, açai game, and deliciously sweet breakfasts that still manage to leave you feeling pious AF.
Brought to us by the same crowd behind 24hr saviours Death Before Decaf, this café is technically a bar every other day of the week, but on Saturday and Sunday Deathproof starts early and runs until late like the deadest party animals they are. Their weekend breakfast offerings include everything we need to revive after a hectic night like bacon rolls, chicken and waffles, and some sassy avocado on toast.
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