Finding a great coffee spot is like seducing a beautiful woman (or man!). Half the fun is in the chase. That's why it's so exciting when you do find that little out of the way coffee spot that no one else knows about, where the coffee is really good, and the atmosphere is even better. Here are our picks for Brisbane's best hole-in-the-wall coffee joints:
Ltd Espresso + Brew Bar
Scooting down Brunswick Street you'd be forgiven for overlooking Ltd, but if you do walk on by you're going to be missing out on some seriously good brew. The self proclaimed home to Brisbane's worst soy decaf caramel latte, Ltd take coffee seriously, but not themselves, which makes for a pleasing spot to grab your morning cup of jo.
Where | 362 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Their market stall may not be a secret (the line up for a coffee on a Saturday at the Kelvin Grove Markets is testament to Roost's popularity), but few know that you can secure a Roost brew any day of the week from their tidy little outpost next to Room 60 in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village. Home to one of Brisbane's best mochas (try the dark chilli and chocolate. Seriously, do it), and some mighty fine iced coffees, Roost is the ideal spot for an afternoon pick me up.
Where | 22 Carraway Street, Kelvin Grove
Two Trees Espresso Bar
Tucked off the main drag in South Brisbane, the eclectic space and friendly team, along with the superior coffee, make Two Trees a spot worth hunting for. And with a cute little menu that includes smashed avo, bagels (yum), and breakfast burgers, as well as sandwiches, salads and snacks, this Merivale Street spot is also great for a grabbing a bite on the go.
Where | 29 Merivale Street, South Brisbane
Small Talk Espresso?
There's some big talk about Small Talk, housed in an old bank vault in Paddington. Just off Given Terrace, Small Talk are serving up great coffee, breakfast for those on the go, plus they have treaties on offer from Jocelyn's, and take-away lunch options from the gang at Dumpling Envy, among others. ?
Where | 251 Given Terrace, Paddington
Blink and you'll miss this little spot on Adelaide Street in the CBD, but the coffee is worth keeping your eyes peeled for. They also have a space upstairs to sit with your coffee and enjoy a brief reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Where | 35 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
Ok, not a big secret. But hole-in-the-wall? You betcha. Bunker has been caffeinating Milton's locals for years, and they do it well. Housed in a tiny, leafy nook on Railway Terrace, this spot also does a notoriously good hot chocolate.
Where | 21 Railway Terrace, Milton
Campos Coffee Roastery & Espresso Bar
Tucked down Helen Street in Newstead, Campos keeps The Urban List team with coffee in hand, and boy do we love them for it. They also have a tasty little range of breakfast and lunch options to grab on the go, as well as pastries and sweet treats, ideal for boosting afternoon creativity (hey, it works for us!).
Where | 24 Helen Street, Newstead
Grindhouse Specialty Coffee
The Southside's best kept coffee secret, Grindhouse, is home to some seriously good coffee, and great coffee accessories. The friendly gang at this Logan Road hideaway are happy to make you an espresso, pour over, cold drip, or syphon coffee, using their locally roasted beans.
Where | 9/360 Logan Road, Stones Corner
Tucked down Florence Street in Newstead, Pourhouse serve up good coffee, fast. They aren't afraid to embrace different techniques (filter coffee, and cold-pressed iced coffees make the menu), and they also do sweet treats, iced teas, and sell organic yoghurt and fresh fruit salads. Hello, breakfast.
Where | 30 Florence Street, Newstead
Bear Bones Espresso
Bear Bones is a very new, very cool coffee space in the happening McLachlan Street area of The Valley. With the work of local artists adorning the walls, this warehouse has been expertly tagged with the bright work of owner and graffiti artist, Asa Boardman. They also do a mean breakfast and lunch offering, and come 2014, they'll be roasting their very own beans onsite too.
Where | 2/66 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
Reverends Fine Coffee
Reminiscent of the kind of space you'd find in hipster-dense Brooklyn, the wooden finishes, exposed brick and raw concrete interior make this Brunswick Street cafe a cosy spot to grab an expertly brewed coffee. They also do sweet treats, bagels, and this neat thing called Spaghetti Jaffle Saturday (the jaffle's are only $4. Shut up).
Where | 372 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
The Single Guys Coffee Co.
First and foremost a roasting house, The Single Guys also have a retail arm in the Western suburb of Kenmore. Small, out of the way, and definitely worth crossing town for. The chilled espressos are legendary.
Where | 2/2051 Moggill Road, Kenmore
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