Fave 5 Secret South-Side Cafes

By Sophia McMeekin
14th Apr 2015

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Any old Brisbane breakfast fan can waltz down James Street and pick a decent café to get the day started, but finding a cracking café in the burbs is a different story. You have to know what you’re doing, or you could end up with a hard-boiled poached egg on your hands and life is way too short for a bad breakfast.

Fill up your petrol tank, guys, and get ready to try some new things, ‘cause we’ve found the best secret cafes on Brisbane’s south side.

South Side Tea Room


A shrine to mish-mashed band paraphernalia, good eats, and even better beats, if South Side Tea Room isn’t on your breakfast radar, it really should be. Home to a Tex-Mex-influenced breakfast menu that includes the simple and delicious options like grilled cheese and sweet and smokey bbq beans, as well as more elaborate meals, like the Huevos Rancheros, a fresh mix of refried black beans, salsa, avocado, two eggs, on corn tortillas, South Side Tea Room will have you denouncing the north for good. Thursday through Sunday this fun-filled café turns into a v cool little Brisbane bar well worth a looksee.  

Two Teaspoons


Two Teaspoons is a gluten-free and vegan bakery and—stay with me—it’s awesome. What began as a market stall is now a bricks and mortar bakery and café and wholesome wholesale operation in the leafy burb’ of Jindalee. Breakfast and lunch fare sits alongside dairy-free, and gluten-free sweet treats, such as salted caramel brownies and gluten-free cheesecakes. Cold-pressed juice is on hand to revive you from your sugar coma.

The Rare Pear

Holland Park

Any south sider worth their salt has had a big breakfast at The Rare Pear—a south-side café with a fresh seasonal menu and the kind of casual charm that brings the regulars in. The ricotta hotcakes with salted caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, honeycomb crumble, and chocolate flakes are worth crossing the river for.


South Brisbane

Secret now, but not for long, Gauge is the new south-side café offering from beloved north-side staple, Sourced Grocer. Gauge will change your perceptions of what a good breakfast can be with its high-end, locally sourced breakfast and lunch fare—this is not the Brisbane breakfast spot to order eggs benny. Like Sourced Grocer, Gauge’s produce is made in-house wherever possible, making for a truly unique and memorable dining experience.

Apples on Ainsworth


South-side locals who know their cold-drip from their skinny caps are all over cute and kitsch south-side Brisbane café, Apples on Ainsworth, but greater Brisbane hasn’t discovered this secret coffee nook yet. Formerly a green grocer, Apples is now a neighbourhood hub for fresh juices, organic coffee, cakes and sweeties, and delish breakfast fare.

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Image credits: Ariana Gillrie, Esteban Rivera

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