Fave 5 Under-The-Radar Brisbane Cafes

By Sophia McMeekin
17th Feb 2015

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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… 

In a town where we wear our poached eggs like a badge of honour and the wrong coffee order can be your social undoing (we’re looking at you, decaf caramel latte with two sugars), you can bet there’s some weekend hustle when it comes to choosing a Brisbane café to frequent that’s got swag’.

The best cafes in Brisbane are the hole-in-the-wall joints that no one tells you about (heaven forbid you steal their table on a Sunday morning). The cafes where they take their coffee seriously, but not as seriously as keeping their customers happy. Cafes where the barista, y’know, smiles.

These are the under-the-radar Brisbane cafes you need to check out this weekend.

The Gettin’ Place

New Farm

If sheer cuteness plays a part in your choice of café (who are you kidding, tough guy, it totally does), than Brisbane café, The Gettin’ Place is your kind of breakfast nook. Housed in a adorably fit out, pokey space down the non-wanky end of James Street, The Gettin’ Place is serving up a selection of simple breakfast faves, like Nutella on toast with banana and crumbed pistachio, and cherry tomato bruschetta, plus a rotating specials board of lunch options, smoothies, and great coffee. 

Dovetail on Overend

Norman Park

Home to Nodo Donuts, healthy baked treaties from Two Teaspoons bakery, Uncle Joe’s Coffee, and some of the best baked eggs in town, this east-side Brisbane café is a hit with the locals, for good reason. Dovetail on Overend are all about catering to vegan and gluten-free punters—heck, they’ll even make you a coffee on Zymil—and have a clean and fresh fit out and equally fresh breakfast fare will have you spreading the word.

Two Trees

South Brisbane

The move from espresso bar to straight-up sandwich shop was a bold move, but the right one for South Brisbane café, Two Trees. We love it when a Brisbane café really commits to theme, so we have a lot of respect for the Two Trees’ menu, which has gone full-sandwich; You’d be a fool to order anything here that doesn’t come between two pieces of bread. And why would you? Their breakfast menu includes classics like grilled cheese and a bacon and an egg brekky sandwich with HP sauce, while the delicious lunch sangas are many and varied (the tofu bahn mi is a winner).

Black Bird Espresso

Camp Hill

A Brisbane café that’s proving popular with folks in the know, Black Bird Espresso has been flying under the radar for too long (flying…Black Bird…geddit?). Botanica cold-pressed juice, freshly baked treats, great coffee, and a solid breakfast menu have earned this Brisbane café a spot on our Fave 5 list. 

John Mills Himself

Brisbane CBD

So who is this John Mills, and why is his coffee so great? A café bar hybrid in the Brisbane CBD, John Mills Himself is brought to you by the brew mastermind behind Bunker in Milton, Marcus Allison, so you know the jo is going to be cracking. This is one Brisbane café that isn’t easy to find— it’s tucked under Archive Fine Books on Charlotte Street and takes its name from the heritage-listed building it’s housed in. Come 4pm Tuesday to Saturday it transforms into a bar that’s as welcoming as its AM iteration. We think it’s time the two of you got acquainted.

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Image credits: Daniel Maddock

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