From hole-in-the-wall espresso joints to expansive and inviting cafés, here is our round-up of some of the best Brisbane cafes the westside has to offer (take that, Northside!).
Sassy Café & Deli, Jindalee
Sassy's is a local favourite for its Campos coffee and light breakfast and lunch options, including avo' on toast, grilled sambos, burgers, and salads. A relaxed atmosphere makes this a popular spot for regulars.
Careful My Tummy, Graceville
We happened upon this delightful little café with its unusual name and cute décor a few months back. Super-friendly staff, a laid-back vibe, and excellent coffee, this is also a good spot for brunch. Careful My Tummy is a welcome addition to Graceville's café scene.
Café de Sini, Corinda
This is a true gem—family run with homemade food (including delicious cakes) and plenty of regular customers to attest to its consistency. Open for lunch and dinner during the week, and extending to breakfast on the weekends, the menu is probably best classified as modern Australian and spans Italian through to Asian-inspired items. Prices are very reasonable!
Bean on Dean, Toowong
Tucked away off the main drag, Bean on Dean is a gorgeous café with warm décor, plenty to look at (recycled furniture and stencil art on the walls) and great coffee. The menu is brunch style, with the café closing up daily at 2pm. Dog owners will be happy to know this is a pooch friendly place, as well.
West End Coffee House, West End
An inner-west option that always delivers on excellent coffee. This is a great spot to read the paper, grab a fantastic brew and do a bit of people watching. Also head here for a cheap and outstanding Thai street-food lunch.
Comfort at my Table, Milton
This super sweet Milton café is clearly a favourite among the locals. Offering an extensive breakfast and lunch menu and plenty of sides, this place caters to everyone. Our picks include the mixed mushrooms on gluten free bread and the pumpkin and fetta flan, delish.
Honour Espresso, Graceville
Top-notch coffee and light meal options await at Honour Espresso. Take a visit to this Graceville café on a Saturday and experience the delicious ricotta doughnuts by Mimsy. Get in quick though—these things are incredibly popular, and with good reason!
Café Auchenflower, Auchenflower
Occupying a gorgeous Queenslander in Auchenflower, this little gem has you covered seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. Serving West End's own Blackstar coffee, and treats like maple spelt muesli, this café is a great place to take the kids, who'll love the cute little park right next door.
The Corner Store Café, Toowong
This Toowong café is gorgeously fitted out and, unlike a lot of spots around town, it is generously sized, meaning you can comfortably spread out or gather a large group here. Located in a charming old storefront, the coffee is excellent and the breakfast and lunch menus are extensive. Favourites include the quinoa porridge and for lunch it's hard to go past the crispy skin salmon. YUM.
Bare Bones Society, Jindalee
The brainchild of celebrated chef, Kym Machin, Jindalee's Bare Bones Society promises a relaxed atmosphere, a great breakfast and lunch menu, and first-rate coffee. A cool space that, since opening recently, has unsurprisingly earned a strong local following.
KJ's Café Corner, Inala
For those of you seeking an authentic Vietnamese iced coffee, this is the place to go! With breakfast and lunch options also on offer it's no surprise that KJ's is a bustling little cheap and cheerful spot with plenty of fresh options.
The Single Guys Coffee Co., Kenmore
Coffee aficionados will enjoy The Single Guys at Kenmore, which, by many accounts, serves some of the best brews this side of town. The fit-out is stylish, the staff are welcoming, and, while the menu isn't extensive, there are some solid food options on offer.
Chocolate Orange Espresso, Bardon
Another Western suburbs destination that emphasises home-made goodies and great coffee. With quirky décor and ample seating inside and out, you'll enjoy tasty and fresh salads, sweets, and specials.
This is just the tip of the iceberg! Let us know who gets your pick for Brisbane's best cafes on the westside!
TUL Note: Nadia Buick co-directs The Fashion Archives, is a freelance curator and writer, and recently completed her doctorate in fashion, so it's no surprise that she knows a thing or two when it comes to art and style. Nadia is an avid wearer of vintage (just ask for her best spots about town), collects old paintings and postcards, and can always find the beauty in a little clutter.
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