Fave 5 Brisbane Breakfasts You Should Have Tried Already

By Sophia McMeekin
17th Mar 2015

When we love something we really, truly LOVE something! And that’s exactly how we feel about our new relationship! Some things just go together. Like cookies and cream, Brandon and Brenda… The Urban List and MINI! 

Our two families have collaborated to bring discerning readers and drivers a new fortnightly series – MINI Fave 5s. The must-try guide to Brisbane, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch

So, Urban Listers, clear the diary and get excited for our Fave 5s. There’s a whole year of eating, drinking and discovering to be done… 


Brisbane breakfasts come in and out of fashion faster than you can say ‘breakfast burrito’, but for every flash-in-the-pan food trend, there are a few Brisbane cafes we wouldn’t give up for all the cold-drip in the world.

Some Brisbane breakfast joints get the cool staff/friendly fit out/good food equation just right, and when they do, they’ve got us for life. Here are five of our fave Brisbane breakfast cafes that you most certainly should have tried already.


South Brisbane

Merri by name, merry by nature, this Brisbane café is a favourite among well-fed Brisbane breakfasters for its diverse and fresh breakfast menu—corn bread with wood-smoked bacon, potato and carmelised onion hash with sobrasada, Asian pork omelette with chilli jam… We could go on. If you’re partial to a liquid breakfast, Merriweather does a mean butterscotch milkshake. 


Petrie Terrace

We could sing the praises of Scout Café all day, if our mouths weren’t stuffed with their scrummy brekky fare. Sitting pretty atop Petrie Terrace in a cute-as space with just enough Hipster swag’ to convince you they know how to make a coffee, this Brisbane breakfast nook is an essential stop in any discerning brunchers morning repertoire. Their smashed avo and breakfast bagel are regulars on our pages for good reason, and with a brand new menu including the likes of a breakfast salad with chorizo, salted cod, and potatoes roasted in Kaiser fat; and brioche French toast with grilled peaches and candied almonds, you’ll be coming back for seconds.

Gerard’s Bistro

New Farm

Middle Eastern is a big Brisbane breakfast trend for 2015, but the cool kids at Brisbane restaurant, Gerard’s have been on it for yonks. Among more traditional Middle Eastern breakfast dishes like shakshouka and breakfast mezze sits the likes of their watermelon and berry salad with pistachio, Gerard’s take on bacon and eggs—a decadent 63 degree duck egg, bacon mousse, on maple toasted buckwheat—and the Al-Muhuffin—a cool take on Ronald’s finest, made with sujuk, egg, tomato, cheese, and a batata harra hash brown. Only open for breakfast on weekends, breakfast at Gerard’s is worth the week-long wait.

Nana & Da’s


Yes, it’s in Kedron, but don’t let your inner-city bias stop you from making the pilgrimage to this adorbs Brisbane breakfast joint. Since opening their doors last year, Nana & Da’s has cemented its spot on our café radar—the avo’ on toast alone is worth getting out of bed for (and that’s saying something because we really freaking love bed). The fit out is kitschy, grandma cool, and the food is top notch—just the kind of place we want to spend our Saturdays.



Another Middle Eastern Brisbane breakfast spot, this time perched on a hill in Paddington, Shouk Café has an accessible Middle Eastern breakfast menu that will have you coming back. Our picks are the challah French toast with candied walnuts, balsamic berries, and and vanilla semifreddo, their perfect latke stack, the shakshouka, and one of the best big breakfasts we’ve had in a long time. It doesn’t hurt that Shouk’s housed in a beaut’, big old Queenslander with stunning views over the suburb.

We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Brisbane. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!

Image credits: Daniel Maddock

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