You know that feeling when you think you’ve been everywhere in Brisbane and tried every cafe and every cup of joe by every possible barista? Yep, you’re officially in a cafe funk.
We’ve all been there. But today, we’re here to help you out before it happens again. Because frankly, with so many gems in Brisbane there’s no reason you can’t hit up a different cafe for every day of the month.
From suburban gems to Valley laneway spots, we’ll do the honours of introducing you to eight cool new cafes in Brisbane that you might not know about (yet).
Nestled inside a renovated cosy Queensland cottage with relaxed al fresco dining, this cool and casual cafe is serving up mouth-watering Asian-inspired brunches and specialty coffee. The Garner menu boasts flavour-filled breakfasts which add a twist to some familiar classics, such as baked miso eggs with eggplant, pumpkin and melted cheese, soy braised wild mushrooms with onsen eggs, and the sweet black rice pudding with banana, mango and coconut cream. Lunch dishes include a chicken katsu sandwich, soba noodle salad with deep-fried five spice tofu, and slow-cooked miso beef cheek.
Taking over the old home of Foxy Bean on Stanley Street, Neesh is the place to go for both traditional breakfast favourites and jaw-dropping brunch creations. With all new interiors that have transformed the once rustic and recycled timber-filled space into a bright, minimalist hangout, with eye-popping green chairs to park yourself on in readiness for a feast. To eat, we’d recommend an order of crème brûlée French toast with deep-fried custard or the smashed wood-fired Moroccan butternut pumpkin with smoked baba ganoush and poached eggs, but there’s also a selection of tasty lunch dishes if it’s long past brunch hour. Also worth noting, they’ll be launching a dinner menu in February, featuring wood-fired pizzas, burgers and other comfort food feeds.
Cups On Melbourne
If all you really feel like most mornings is a coffee and a good toastie, Cups On Melbourne might just be your new local. A fresh spot from the team behind Cups and Wells in Salisbury, this cafe might be small, but it’s got plenty to offer, including specialty coffee from Industry Beans, drool-worthy baked goods and signature jaffles, with outdoor seating from where you can relax and watch the world float by.
Froth On Brunswick
Located on California Lane, Froth on Brunswick is your new favourite cosy breakfast spot, filled with illustrious vegetarian and vegan-friendly eats alongside smooth specialty coffee—perfect for your next long brunch sesh. With minimalist interiors and a boho chic outdoor area, there's plentiful seating for you and a crew no matter the weather. On the morning menu are epic feeds like breakfast gnocchi, chicken bao buns or cheeky Cherry Ripe French toast, a brioche French toast with chocolate anglaise, sour cherry gel, mascarpone, cherry panna cotta, coconut flakes and meringue. With a love of good coffee, the team take the ‘froth’ name to new heights thanks to their unique, personalised blend of specialty coffee crafted by Toby’s Estate.
A new local from the crew behind Deedot (one of our all-time favourites, might we add), Groundhog Social has brought colourful pastel interiors and wickedly good breakfast feeds to seaside Manly. Much like at Deedot, you’ll struggle to choose just one dish from the lengthy menu, with eats like breakfast gnocchi with rich braised beef, bubble and squeak with bacon and poached eggs, raspberry chia bowls and waffles with mixed berries and whipped cream. The lineup of tasty dishes continues into lunch, and also evenings come Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a selection of tapas to pair with wine, craft beers and cocktails. Basically, you never need to go anywhere else.
Bardon’s Rainworth General Store has a new lease on life with the arrival of Goodfolk Cafe into its storied walls. Keeping all the charm of the old building with plenty of exposed timber and greenery, the new cafe has brought even more character to the space—and that’s before you start perusing the menu. A fresh and flavoursome list of eats that makes use of local produce includes the likes of chickpea breakfast curry with coconut yoghurt and poached eggs, a roast vegetable filled breakfast bowl and sourdough French toast with housemade lemon curd. Meanwhile, coffee comes from the general stores previous resident, Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters.
On the bustling hub that is the corner of Alfred and Constance Streets, stunning new cafe Paradise is serving up delicious espresso, cold brew and pour over varieties from specialty coffee roasters Padre Coffee. What else makes a cafe paradise? Mouth-watering food of course, and this place has it in spades. At the helm in the kitchen is former Masterchef contestant Chloe Bowles whipping up creative dishes that are unique to the space. Chow down on the likes of ‘Eat Yo’ Greens,’ involving a savoury green pancake, poached eggs and avo, or the delish ‘Crumpet Louder’—crumpets with berry chia jam, almond praline and vanilla bean labne.
At the light and airy Ninebar + Kitchen, which landed on Old Cleveland Road a few short months ago, there's no shortage of options that will get you drooling. Think inventive eats like orange mascarpone French toast, cheesy croque madame, savoury waffle eggs benny and ricotta and blueberry pancakes for brunch, as well as a range of pastas, sandwiches and salads for lunch. Caffeine lovers are also catered for with fresh pours of Fonzie Abbott coffee. Ninebar + Kitchen is fully licensed, so you're able to sip on a glass of wine or a creative cocktail while you lunch, and can even BYO your own wine (helloooo mimosas). With smaller bites like baked camembert with crusty sourdough on the menu, it might be just the place to wile away an afternoon.
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Image credit: Ranyhyn Laine, Groundhog Social, Cups On Melbourne, Paradise