Fave 5 New Farm Cafes

By Catherine Blake
21st Jul 2015

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: 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…


New Farm has long been considered Brisbane’s most stylin' suburb. Its stylish boutiques, stellar cafes and picturesque streets have made it the stomping ground for the hippest kids around, and what Brisbane dweller is a stranger to the exposed brick of the Powerhouse and weekend picnics in the verdant wonderland of New Farm Park? 

Ever since we gave up on perfecting our toaster settings Brisbaners in the know have been hitting up New Farm’s breakfast nooks for morning charges and feeds. To that end the New Farm Breakfast Club tends to fragment into five very different demographics and run to one of five very different places: 

The Gettin’ Place

Deliciously fresh and tasty feeds guaranteed at the Gettin’ Place on James Street. And what exactly are you gettin’? The most varied and wonderful toast your tastebuds could ever imagine. With art on display and the odd evening exhibition, the Gettin’ Place is an ideal hub for graphic designers, musicians, artists and other creatives who cannot bear the sight of sunshine without a tandem waft of coffee. 


Any fitness fiends flat out eating clean all week can rejoice on cheat day with a trip to New Farm café and bakery, Chouquette. The croissants, pastries and bread are made with meticulous deference to the French traditions to the point where you would have to board a 14 hour flight to get a more authentic taste of French café culture. This means Chouquette is usually full of French ex-pats to marvel at your muscle mass. 

King Arthur

Since their launch, King Arthur Café has brought some much-needed dappery to Arthur Street as New Farm’s shiny new brunchspot. Their daily offerings of fresh bakes, coffee, breakfast, lunch, sandwiches and salads have caught the eyes and hearts of all the cool kids with their Insta-worthiness. For food that tastes as good as it photographs King Arthur is the only place to go. Long live the king. 

Death Before Decaf

A 24/7 coffee joint that isn’t 7-Eleven, Death Before Decaf is really quite incredible. Anyone staying up until all hours working on that thesis or the cure for cancer can always be guaranteed of a brilliant coffee to keep them revving through the night. The hardcore metal music blasting at all hours does wonders for your pep and really sets off the caffeine receptors. 

Au Cirque

Check your expectations at the door and prepare to have your world gently rocked by New Farm’s stalwart brunch place. The dishes at Au Cirque are nothing short of stellar, but it’s the specials board that really sets hearts racing.  For ephemeral appreciation of breakfast goods, the jaunty stacks at Au Cirque are a basket case of breakfasting delights. 

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: Ariana Gillrie, Daniel Maddock

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