Cafes

11 Of The Best West End Cafes For Sunday Brunching

By Ranyhyn Laine
12th Oct 2022

the interior of picnic cafe

It seems a lil' unfair to the rest of Brisbane that one little bohemian suburb should boast such an epic share of quality cafes. It’s home to some of the best coffee going around, a multitude of breakfasts to drool over, and interiors to swoon over. So which suburb are we getting so excited about? We’re looking at hippie-chic-central, West End. Today we’re listing out the best cafes in West End for Sunday brunching, so start planning your eat-inerary.

Picnic Cafe 

With a cafe space as beautiful as the breakfast dishes coming out of their kitchen, Picnic Cafe is a lush spot to spend the morning, especially when it means you can chow down on feeds like their cheesy bacon croque madame. Situated in the buzzing West Village, you can get some shopping done afterwards, or just order a second coffee and people watch for an hour or two. 

Superthing

You won't just love Superthing for their baked goods and brunches, you'll also fall in love with their pastel pink decor, complete with a neon lit pastry rolling room you can view through glass walls and cosy pink booths to get comfy on. As for the food, you'll be hard pressed to choose between the incredible line-up of baked goods or the lengthy list of breakfast dishes—so you'll just have to get both.

Morning After

Named for the hazy dawn after a night of regret, these guys are masters of getting you back on your feet. Their all day menu is an eclectic motley featuring breakfast carbonara, eggs benny, and even a fancy version of a McMuffin. Basically, whatever your hangover poison, Morning After has you covered. 

a waffle topped with fruit and fairyfloss

Lokal + Co

These guys are our Nordic reps in the West. Crafting modern dishes from fresh, seasonal ingredients, Lokal + Co’s offerings include breakfast like leek and manchego cheese croquettes and banoffee waffles alongside some piquant curveballs like their salmon gravlax with potato and pea pakoras. Décor-wise, Lokal + Co really nails it with clean lines and rose gold fittings you'll want to 'gram on the spot.

Alphabet Cafe 

As well as serving up some of the best baked goods in West End, and greater Brisbane, Alphabet Cafe has a menu of scrumptious breakfasts, all of it dished up in the surrounds of their cute cottage setting. Be warned though, no matter how big your breakfast choice is, you’ll want to take one, maybe even a couple of their sweet treats home for dessert. 

Suburban

If you’re a fan of eggs benny, you’ll want to give brekky at Suburban a go. Here they mix up breakfast staples with the likes of breakfast tacos and the option pulled pork in your eggs benny—but if meat’s not your style, you can order from their dedicated vegan menu.

a waffle topped with egg

The Gunshop Cafe

At this stage, it’s fair to call The Gunshop a West End institution. The laid-back relaxed atmosphere, cosy outdoor eatery and delightful menu make it a real crowd pleaser, every day of the year. Their staple Gunshop classics, like potato and feta hash cakes, are complemented by seasonal treats like Szechuan-style fried chicken and waffle or coconut and passionfruit French toast. 

Pie Town

Take your taste buds on a trip to Pie Town to experience the most buttery, flaky pie crusts in all of Brisbane. On the savoury side, think chicken pot pie, pepper steak, and cheeseburger pies, while the sweet menu offers up treats like strawberry rhubarb, bourbon pecan and key lime. Can't decide? Get a tasting plate and try them all. 

Grown Café

Spruiking sustainability and locally sourced ingredients, Grown Café isn't just one for the vegos, though their plant-based ethos resonates through their modest menu. Dig into slow roasted tomato congee, scrambled tofu and brioche French toast for breakfast, or drop by for dinner feeds like homemade gnocchi or red lentil dahl. 

a cheese souffle

Billykart

Not just a West End cafe favourite, Ben O’Donoughue’s Billykart is a Brisbane-wide favourite, too The menu here changes with the seasons, so there’s always a valid excuse to go back. Dip in for their delectable twice baked cheese souffle with bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, or indulge in a smoked brisket and bean tartine. 

NYC Bagel Deli

Wary of inauthentic bagelries  your breakfast? Never fear; these guys are the real McCoy. If you fancy yourself a bagel with ‘the lot’ check out the flavour-packed Club, otherwise you can’t go wrong with NYC's classic cream cheese shmear.

Looking for more West End goodness? Check out the best restaurants in the 'burb.

Image credit: Ranyhyn Laine, Lokal + Co, The Gunshop Cafe, Billykart

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