Ah, the weekend; that small morsel of time when you’re free to throw off the shackles of microwave meals and your usual morning coffee fix and get to explore some of the best cafes and restaurants that Brisbane has to offer.
But where do you even start?
Let’s be real, if your list of hip new Brisbane cafes and mouth-watering restaurants is anything like ours it’d take more than a year’s worth of weekends to get through. Don’t worry, friends, we’ve totally got your back with this list of cafes and restaurants you need to check out this weekend.
Lucky Cat Café
If you’ve been living in Brisbane this whole time and still haven’t been to the Lucky Cat Café you’re missing out on life. Jumping on the animal café craze that’s sweeping the world (we’re looking at you Japan), the Lucky Cat Café combines two of our favourite things; delicious coffee and fluff-tastic cats. With a slew of cat-themed special events—like the Cats Against Humanity (see what we did there) game night coming up on Sunday—Lucky Cat Café is a haven for cat lovers and snack aficionados alike. Sign us the heck up!
Deedot Coffee House
Deedot Coffee House in Holland Park boasts an extensive all-day breakfast menu rife with gluten-free and vegan options and is the perfect stop for those moments when all you really want at 2pm is mouth-watering cinnamon crepes with chocolate ice cream and berry orange salsa. Yes, you 100% heard that right. Berry orange salsa, guys! But delicious eats aren’t all Deedot is good at, with a range of blends available from local Brisbane roasters Uncle Joe’s ready to sate the inner coffee snob in all of us. Cheeky Sunday brunch, anyone?
Day Made Supreme
The latest venture from the kings of coffee, Coffee Supreme, Day Made Supreme is one of Woolloongabba’s best kept cafe secrets. Tucked away on Gibbon Street, Day Made serves up their killer coffee in a minimalist sunny setting that would shine on any Instagram feed. Nibbles are also high on the agenda (c’mon guys, you’ve got to have your priorities straight) with a simple breakfast and lunch menu available daily. Don’t forget to pick up one of their handmade doughnuts while you slurp on one of the many cold or hot pressed coffee options available.
Newstead Brewing Co.
Milton and Newstead
Newstead Brewing Co. has been at the top of the craft beer and gourmet pub food game for a while now and they more than deserve the hype. With two locations serving six of their own home-brewed beers amongst twelve draught taps, Newstead Brewing Co. is pretty much a beer connoisseur’s dream bar. Featuring charmingly rustic décor and such menu highlights as macaroni and cheese croquettes, bell peppers stuffed with harissa sweet potato, beetroot and pistou and braised lamb pizza, Newstead Brewing Co. is a killer choice for Saturday night drinks with the squad.
If fine dining is more your thing, Allium—a beautiful modern restaurant dishing up stunning French cuisine sans the exxy price tag—might just be right up your alley. The brain child of the former head chef of Prive249 (so you can be assured your tastebuds will be in culinary heaven), Allium’s menu boasts dishes like crispy pork cheek with hazelnuts, black onyx petit tender with miso eggplant and dry aged duck breast with butternut pumpkin and charred broccolini. Throw in a white chocolate parfait while you’re at it, because if there was ever a time for a treat yo’ self moment this is it, and we’ve basically just described what heaven tastes like.
Pawpaw Asian Kitchen
For those of you looking for gourmet eats to veg on the couch at home with, look no further than Pawpaw Asian Kitchen – the latest addition from the minds of the much beloved Pawpaw Café. Specialising in dishing up the flavours of Asia for the foodie-on-the-go, Pawpaw Asian Kitchen is your new one-stop-shop for takeaway with a twist. All your Pawpaw favourites are available, like chilli popcorn chicken, alongside new soon-to-be-faves like Hanoi noodle soup and roti canai – yellow curry chocked with roasted cumin pumpkin, sweet potato and eggplant, served with pillowy-soft roti. Netflix and feast, anyone?
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