Fave 5 Woolloongabba Cafes

By Sophia McMeekin
18th Aug 2015

Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba
Best cafes Woolloongabba

Some things just go together, like PB and jelly, and Posh and Becks, so this year we’ve teamed up with MINI to bring you, our discerning readers and drivers, our fortnightly MINI Fave 5 series: The must-try guide to Brisbane, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!


With firm footholds in the realms of sweet and of savoury, Woolloongabba’s café culture is a community effort to ensure punters never have to venture beyond the stadium. Every inch of Brisbane’s antiquing homeland buzzes with a full-house vibe and yet there is somehow always room.  

The best part about this patch is that all our favourite Woolloongabba cafes are within trundling distance of each other, so rather than limit yourself to just one coffee get a strut on and wile away a lazy Sunday with a café crawl. Oh and make sure you fit in a side of cake with each of those, I don’t like you looking so thin

The competition was steep, lord knows we really did a number on ourselves, but we managed to whittle down our most beloved spots to deliver you our picks of Woolloongabba’s best café’s, and here they are:

Pearl Café

By day, Pearl Café is one of Brisbane’s most idyllic breakfast spots with their intrepid and flamboyant breakfast menu and a flourish of freshly made cakes on the counter. But in the evening, Pearl sheds its chrysalis to reveal one of Woolloongabba’s greatest assets: a bistro with an upstairs bar and supper club. Whether you mosey up for an intimate dinner at The Servery or mingle in the dim lighting below, Pearl is a glittering experience of exposed brick and brilliance. Without question one of the most enchanting cafés on the strip.

Brown Dog Café

With a roaring kitchen, cracking coffee, and a sandwich press that just won’t quit, this is where the wild things brunch. Brown Dog Café keeps everything groovy with a casual chillery that makes it the first stop for every local’s Saturday breakfast before a cheeky spot of antiquing. Their kitchen can adapt to any weather conditions so with a cold snap comes soup and crusty bread, and with sunshine comes fresh salads and smoothies. We love their breakfast bagel any time of the year though, and think it is best eaten next to the mural of Max’s likeness…Dogs and other beasts welcome.

Moose & Gibson

Next stop on the café crawl is Moose & Gibson and no one does savoury quite like these guys. Thumping on Jurgens St between the antiques and the deli wholesalers, Moose & Gibson is a veritable Mecca of protein stacked brunch feasts. Legend has made it across the bridge of their gooey potted eggs, hearty black pudding, and succulent lamb shoulder so the Moose always pulls a bulking crowd. With beers on tap, burgers and criss-cross chips, Moose and Gibson coolly straddles the divide between café and tavern.


It is a well-established custom in the sundrenched city that no health fads even gain traction without the go ahead from the crew at Pawpaw. Maybe it’s because despite championing the #cleanspo cause, Pawpaw always gives us the opportunity to go rogue. Cases in point include their caramel cocowhip sundaes, brioche French toast with agave, and dairy-free peanut butter cup smoothies, which while delicately nodding towards leaner living have never skimped on scrumptious splendour.

The Baker’s Arms

So much more than a simple brasserie, The Baker’s Arms is an operation going full thrust and willing to die by the spoon. Everything from the cakes and danishes to the pies and lasagnas is crafted by hand with the loving care that even evades Saint Delia. You want a chai with that croissant? They’ll brew in the traditional methods on the stove. Can’t get enough of this doughnut’s lemon butter? They’ll send you home with a jar of it. Whatever you fancy, the Baker’s Arms has got your back and then some. 

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

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