Fact: Brisbane is one of Australia's most beautiful cities. Also, fact: we have some of the best cafés in the country, so it shouldn't be surprising that we have some of the most beautiful cafés to be found, too!
With our partialtiy for single origins, our reverence of the sunshine, and our obsession with locally sourced produce, it's clear that the good people of Brisbane have taken the café culture to a new level. If you enjoy cafés that radiate character and atmosphere, read ahead for our 13 most beautiful Brisbane cafés.
John Mills Himself
As a heritage listed building it shouldn’t be surprising that John Mills Himself makes the list. The walls of this subterranean hide-away are exposed brick and the highset windows filter down just the right amount of sunlight, making for a very soothing and cathartic spot to enjoy your long black. The historic feel of this building has been artfully maintained but can be easily captured for your Instagram feed.
Gunshop Café is the MVP of courtyard cafes. The front half of the café offers ample dining space, including long benches and exposed brick interiors, but if you poke your head out the back door you’ll find yourself in a large, secluded courtyard with fans to keep you cool, plenty of greenery, and a recently completed mural. Breakfast bliss.
Queen Of Pops
Serving up Brisbane’s first ever coffee ice pops, alongside pastel pink smoothies, whipped cream-topped pop sodas and delicious snacks, Queen Of Pops is the champion of all that is cute AF in our eyes. Don’t you dare leave without taking a few of their coffee pops away (the chocolate covered one, course).
Pablo & Rusty’s
Less cute and pretty, more crisp, clean lines at CBD coffee haunt Pablo & Rusty’s, but if you’re into that whole ‘natural light’ and airy space vibe, this is the obvious spot for you. Serving up their famous roasts—these guys hail from Sydney, with a rep as some of the best roasters in the country, FYI—Pablo & Rusty’s is a perfect spot if you want great coffee and you want luxe vibes from your café.
Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters
Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters is housed inside the old Rainworth General Store building, and has fortunately managed to retain all the charm and character of its predecessor. The cosy Queenslander is surprisingly roomy with plenty of nooks to relax in, but if you do want to step out for some fresh air the sweet little backyard garden is perfect for a stroll.
Bedouin Brew has got to be one of the most photogenic cafés in Brisbane. Housed in a large industrial space, the café has spruced up the funky warehouse with plenty of fresh greenery. Whilst you enjoy the delicious coffee on offer (currently brewing Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters) you can peruse the plants that are all available for purchase!
The frontage of Sourced Grocer is completely open, meaning as you walk up the street you get the perfect view of the grocer, the café, and the fresh greenery adorning the walls. Sunday was made for wholesome breakfasts enjoyed in the sunshine, and Sourced Grocer does it best.
Plenty is another café with a ‘rustic chic’ aesthetic, and boy, does it suit them! The warehouse structure has high ceilings and plenty of space (nothing worse than a cramped café where you can hardly move around), but still manages to maintain a homey feel. You can enjoy a hearty breakfast in the sunshine, or take it indoors to check out the completely stripped back interiors.
Kettle & Tin
Kettle & Tin is a staple in the Paddington community, which is why it is so appropriate that it is housed in a classic Queenslander. It’s quaint and charming, the staff are an absolute delight, and the locals are always happy to chat. This might just become your new favourite brunch spot on the weekends.
Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, Pablo in New farm has been a face Brisbane café for years. With their tiny street frontage and oversized outdoor umbrella, pull up a spot in the shade, order one of their indulgent thick shakes and watch the world go by.
Day Made Supreme
Day Made Supreme is a pristine little café tucked into Woolloongabba, easily serving some of Brisbane’s best coffee. The beautiful white interiors with dark timber feels very chic and comforting, whether you’re just popping in for a java fix, enjoying some breakfast, or sticking around for the long haul.
You might not expect to find a garden oasis on the corner of a main intersection, but Plum Tucker is here to subvert your expectations. They have managed to make the terrace-dining feel separated from the road, whilst still maintaining the freshness of outdoor dining. With beautiful artwork from Brisbane faves Frank and Mimi, wooden finishes throughout, and the classic feel of a homey Queenslander, this is one of the most bliss cafes in Brisbane.
Coffee Iconic knows that it’s not just the weekends when we want to enjoy beautiful Brisbane cafes, so to answer our cries they are here to fuel your mid-week coffee fix in their inner-city sanctuary. With a secluded shady courtyard, this one is a CBD hidden gem! The graffiti feels industrial (not out of place in the city) yet the flora makes you feel far enough away from the hustle outside that you can actually relax on your lunch break.
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Queen Of Pops | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie