Most of us have our regular coffee haunts, and Brisbane's inner and outer suburbs are filling up with great spots to get your caffeine hit. (I love Paddington's The Rogue Rennard and Fortitude Valley's Reverend's Fine Coffee). But what about when you venture in to the CBD?
Sure, there's plenty of coffee carts, and an ever-growing list of small espresso purveyors tucked into tiny shopfronts or down alleyways. However, if you're looking for a café with enough space to sit and work, meet a friend, have something good to eat AND have an exceptional coffee, the list of options dwindles significantly.
This is where Margaret Street gem Brother Espresso comes in and saves the day. By no means a newbie, Brother Espresso has been happily doing great things from its character-filled location (one of a handful of other Brother sites throughout Brisbane) for a couple of years now.
The exposed brick walls and high ceilings set this place apart – there are no shiny surfaces, metal chairs or large sheets of glass. This is an old building with plenty of charm, and it makes for a warm and relaxed setting. The café does a roaring take-away trade and is usually filled with a combination of office workers and design students from near-by QUT Gardens Point.
The coffee is impeccable – I have been coming here for a long time and have never been disappointed. But along with their brilliant blends, Brother Espresso also serves up some tasty and well-priced food, with breakfast and lunch options (the salads are particularly good), along with cabinet snacks and sweets.
So next time you're stranded in the city and don't know where to find a top-notch café, make sure you give Brother a go! It's sure to become your new CBD stand-by.
TUL Note: Nadia Buick co-directs The Fashion Archives, is a freelance fashion curator, and recently submitted a PhD at QUT, so it's no surprise that she knows a thing 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.
Image credit: Brother Espresso