Brisbane’s Eastern suburbs often get overlooked for their brunching potential and frankly we’re tired of it. Venture out and you’ll find a goldmine of specialty coffee, green juices, and all day breakfasts, which is perfect for checking out two in one day.
First there was Little Loco, then along came Miss Jones, now Daniel and Hannah Bowles have opened their third cafe, Sister, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. A bright and colourful corner of Hawthorne, Sister takes after middle child Miss Jones’ peachy pastel aesthetic and offers a brunch menu to knock your socks off (the mushrooms with pecorino on brioche and the pork belly benedict are both must-orders). Add a few cups of their Single O coffee and you’re laughing.
Down the other end of Martha Street is all-day breakfastery, Picnic Cafe. These guys have been on the lazy weekend breakfast game since before sourdough hit the mainstream, so they have their menu stacked with crowd favourites like Tim Tam pancakes, mushrooms on toast and two different types of eggs benedict.
If you’re looking for a treat, look no further than Whisky Business. This is the perfect place to check out the next time you feel like going all in on an indulgent breakfast. From the savoury end of their all day menu, Whisky Business offers a bunch of burgers and even a fried chicken and waffles eggs benny. But it’s in the sweet section that these guys really shine, offering no fewer than three different types of pancakes and our new favourite portmanteau, the doffle (doughnut waffle).
Trading out of a converted cottage on the corner of Martha Street, Florence Cafe is a happy little hutch of goodness. Their ethos is grounded in creating delicious, nourishing feeds, so as far as breakfast is concerned, you couldn’t be in safer hands. Their all-day menu offers a broad range of wake-me-ups including buckwheat cereal, pumpkin bread, Sri Lankan lentils and a brioche mortadella roll. As a sweet added bonus, every jam, pickle and relish featured is made right there in house by the Florence team, and is for sale from their pantry out the back.
By night, Paw Paw specialises in Thai fusion, but if a cracking breakfast is what you’re after, check out their daytime operation. Subscribing to no specific culinary direction, their brunch menu pops off with a signature hash, prosciutto omelette, a BBQ pulled pork waffle, and chocolate cheesecake pancakes.
The latest addition to Kangaroo Point is hard at it flogging breakfast seven days a week. Bluntys offers quality breakfasts including classic bircher, bacon burgers and 'shrooms on toast, as well as 5 Senses specialty coffee to get you going. As a note of warning, it can be a bit packed on the weekends so if you come during a busy time you can always take a coffee to go and wander one street over to the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to soak up a euphoric view.
The Bloom Room Cafe
Inspired by European springtime, the Bloom Room is a floral wonderland. But don’t let that sweet veneer fool you because their breakfasts pack a punch. It’s an all-day menu so we recommend the chilli beef burrito or the bacon and egg English muffin if you’re waking up after a big night. On more pious days, check out the breakfast bowl with purple rice, pumpkin, avo, buffalo tofu, red cabbage and edamame.
Dovetail on Overend
Sweet and petite and nestled on a Normal Park street corner, Dovetail on Overend is a locally beloved fuelling station serving up delicious specialty java six days a week. An all-inclusive cafe, Dovetail has designed their menu to be as coeliac-friendly as possible, resulting in an array of gluten free bakes like scrolls and donuts, and even one of the best Reubens in the city.
The Smug Fig
With a revamped shipping container set-up in the midst of a banging nursery, The Smug Fig is a lush and leafy favourite among East Brisbane locals. They spruik an all day menu with standouts that include a halloumi stack, a pesto scramble, Mexican-style tater tots and southern fried chicken and waffles. They even sell plants for you to spruce up your digs making them the perfect millennial weekend paradise. That’s why they’re so smug, clearly
Who left the back door unlocked so you could sneak in late unnoticed? Who let you borrow their top when you had nothing to wear? There’s no doubt little sisters are the real ones, and the same is true of Greenslopes Little Sista cafe. True to form, they offer an all day breakfast offering everything you could need from bennies to waffles to classic avo smash along with a decent pour of coffee and a promise not to rat you out to mum.
Banter Coffee House
As Deedot’s sister location, Banter offers one of the most comprehensive all day menus we’ve ever seen. With extravagant features like the ocean trout omelette, a katsu pork belly benedict and taro pancakes, it’s literally impossible to be bored by their offerings. That said, they’ll happily whip you up a sage and reliable avo smash or big brekky no wukkas. All served with a side of smashing brew and some quality chat.
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