Best breakfasts in Brisbane City
It's difficult to decide what is more important to our daily routine: breakfast or coffee. From a chic brunch with friends or a mouth-watering fry-up, to a healthy smoothie or hearty breakfast to start your day, these eateries in the City are dishing out breakfasts and pouring coffees to keep you going all day.
Aquila is Italian for eagle - so where better for Aquila Caffe Bar than along Eagle St. This Italian-style space has a rustic fit-out and is serving up breakfast to suit any mood - from acai bowls to eggs benedict.
The Bagel Boys specialise in traditional kettle-boiled bagels that are mixed, rolled, boiled and baked fresh every single day. Sink your teeth into breakfast options like the BRAT (bacon, rocket, aoli and tomato), smoked salmon with cream cheese, and blueberry with your choice of spread.
Bean, George St
Hidden down a graffiti-clad laneway on George St, Bean is a hidey hole in the CBD for the caffeine lovers and the 5.01pm clubbers. Bean use Bellissimo coffee beans to pour a mean coffee, cold brews are made onsite daily on both regular and soy milk.
Botero, Adelaide St
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If you’re walking along Adelaide St, your nose will most likely be drawn to the heavenly aromas of Botero. Housed in a three-storey, renovated, heritage-listed building, settle in and start your work day with a delicious and hearty breakfast. Our breakfast pick is certainly the buttermilk waffles with coconut and lime butter.
Brew, Burnett Lane
Find a space in Brew's dimmed rustic basement to indulge in all-day breakfast with a spectacular cup of coffee. If you're on the run, simply grab a bagel and coffee before dashing off.
Cawfee are pouring an organic coffee blend from The Byron Bay Coffee Company alongside an American-inspired menu that includes a classic New York-style bagel. Stop by for a lunch time salad (or burger), an afternoon pick-me-up-piccolo or a 5.01 glass of something stronger.
Cicada offers casual yet sophisticated dining with an extensive and mouth-watering breakfast menu that has something for everyone. From paleo-friendly muesli with coconut yoghurt and almond milk, to an open omelette with asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes, plus delicious Toby’s Estate coffee, you can’t go past this long-standing City bistro.
Anthology: a collection of literary works. Coffee Anthology: a collection of coffee. When ordering there is generally a choice of three roasts for espresso coffee, plus cold drip and cold bottled coffee. It does a mean matcha waffle too.
Customs House Restaurant is our ultimate Sunday brunch with the girls spot. Take a seat in the heritage dining room or book a table on the River Terrace overlooking the Story Bridge. Long Saturday night? The Customs House Breakfast should have you back to 110% in no time.
Located on the busy intersection of George and Ann Sts, The Cutting Board is your go-to cafe to grab breakfast and coffee on your way to work, or the perfect place to sit back and relax in its sunlight dining area. It offers a great selection of bagels and burgers, eggs on toast, muffins, yoghurt (including coconut), bircher muesli and fruit salad.
Hit up Death Star Canteen for a modest but mighty selection of quirky breakfast options, all enhanced by the cafe’s Star Wars theme. The cafe describes itself as "the best fun you can have and still go back to work afterwards". If the coffee and breakfast is as good as the cafe's banter then you won't leave disappointed.
Duce & Co is tucked away near Central Station on Edward St, pouring excellent coffee by Fox Coffee. The music is always great and the artwork will definitely catch your eye. A second room is tucked away off the main entrance, with air con and cafe tables perfect for a quiet meeting or a quick catch up with friends. During the week it's difficult to resist the a fresh almond croissant and on weekends a full breakfast menu is available.
Venture inside this quaint, light-filled space for breakfast, perch yourself on a stool, overlook the laneway and watch the world go by. Or soak up the relaxed atmosphere inside. The menu changes daily, but regulars include avocado on olive toast, heirloom tomatoes on rye with ricotta and herbs, and bircher muesli.
Operated by the Wise Foundation, the heritage-listed curator's cottage at the City Botanic Gardens houses The Gardens Club, an event space and cafe. Dine in the beautiful cottage and savour a seasonal, fresh menu that highlights the influence that Walter Hill had on Queensland agriculture.
Hidden behind an anonymous door along George St, Greenglass can be found on the upper level of the old Duncalfe and Co building. Serving up French-inspired cuisine, Greenglass is the perfect place for a long - perhaps even boozy - breakfast.
While we know The Gresham is famous for pouring a mean drink of the alcoholic variety, they also pour a mean cup of Toby's Estate for those on the go in the morning. During the week, stop in from 7am and grab a takeaway or sit a while on the patio - that way you can grab a second coffee before you dash off.
Located on Petrie Tce, Hops Scotch and Beans' breakfast menu allows you to enjoy both hearty and wholesome meals such as the bacon & egg roll, bircher muesli, and smashed avocado on rye toast. Make sure you order a coffee when you stop by, as Hops Scotch & Beans roasts and brews a fresh pot of java daily.
Jabiru, Post Office Square
Jabiru offers an all-day breakfast menu that won’t break the bank. Loaded with every favourite you can imagine plus a selection of snazzy add-ons, you can build
a meal that’ll provide fuel for the long day ahead.
Jack and Jill may have gone up the hill to fetch a pail of water, but there's no such effort involved in venturing to Spring Hill hotspot Jak + Hill, nestled underneath the Punthill boutique apartment hotel on the city fringe. This cute and cosy cafe dishes up some very instagram-worthy fare like waffles with candied bacon, maple syrup, rum & raisin ice-cream and pistachio crumb and a breakfast share board with bacon, chorizo, potato rosti, avocado and feta smash, cherry tomatoes, poached eggs and toast.
While acai bowls are perfect for any time of day, Kiss the Berry's breakfast options include the signature superfood bowls, wholesome organic acai smoothies and freshly brewed coffee to start your morning.
Serving up vegetarian meals that don't skimp on flavour, Kitchen Sanitarium’s healthy breakfast menu has a strong focus on vegetables accompanied by organic eggs, whole grains and berries.
Located within NEXT Hotel, Lennons Restaurant & Bar embodies all the fine traits of the modern, stylish epicurean’s urban lifestyle. The breakfast menu features an array of delicious options inspired by fresh ingredients and regional produce daily. For example, the Byron Bay spiced granola, buckwheat & ricotta hotcakes and rolled omelette on a sourdough baguette are definitely dishes to try.
Staying true to its reputation as more than just your average burger bar, Miss Kay's also offers an enticing breakfast menu, serving you with your favourite mouth-watering American-style eats such as fried chicken & waffles, bacon & egg burgers, and baked eggs & hash. Miss Kay's also offers freshly brewed coffee to start your day.
Nessun Dorma’s weekday breakfast fare reads like a comforting hug – classics like house-made baked beans and French toast feature to create a menu designed to please. Sip on one of the amazing house-blend coffees to top it off.
Pando Cafe serves up an organic and nutritious menu in a casual and warm setting. Enjoy healthy breakfast options such as an egg-white omelette, big breakfast, pumpkin pancakes, a smashed avocado toasty or beetroot-cured salmon on sourdough bread with capers and scrambled eggs.
Pourboy Espresso’s breakfast menu is based on seasonal ingredients and French techniques. The menu offers classics such as croque monsieur or madame, plus modern dishes such as smoked salmon with house-creamed corn.
Raw Energy, Cnr of Edward & Mary St
Raw Energy is the perfect spot for a healthy start, serving up nutritious breakfast items such as the acai breakfast bowl, brekkie burrito, corn and zucchini fritters, and its signature energy muesli. Enjoy the funky environment and ask for a fresh juice, smoothie, coffee or tea to top off your order and energise you for the day.
Riverbar & Kitchen is the second Brisbane venture of celebrity chef and restaurateur Matt Moran. Indulge in breakfast favourites including croque monsieur, eggs benedict, and pancakes with maple syrup. Wash it down with juice blends such as lychee, pear, apple and lime.
Hidden down a laneway, coffee haven Strauss offers a refined menu of all-day breakfast dishes inspired by seasonal produce. To accompany your morning coffee you can enjoy avocado on sourdough, fruit and nut toast, hot-smoked salmon rillette, and muesli with fruit.
Thr1ve, Adelaide St
Thr1ve is a wholefood cafe serving nutritionist-approved, paleo-inspired meals and is located in Post Office Square. With a focus on paleo and primal philosophies – think high protein and low carb with no added sugar - the perfect wholesome breakfast. Start your day with a "Breakfast Bowl" including eggs cooked your way, bacon, smoked and grilled salmon and a side of smashed avocado, summer salsa and broccoli. Thr1ve also offers paleo pancakes, primal bircher muesli and homemade granola. You can accompany your bowl with a smoothie with options like banana walnut, strawberries and cream, salted caramel or green mango, or you can customise and alchemise your own with a range of milks, fruits, superfoods and spices.
Nestled on the ground floor of 127 Creek St, settle in the modern space of Toobirds Bistro & Bar and enjoy some of its breakfast delights. The Toobirds breakfast menu features all of your wholesome, hearty morning favourites such as the crispy bacon roll with aioli, eggs benedict bagel, and muesli with fresh berries and chia seeds.
Savour homemade produce with a rustic touch as executive chef Jeremy Clark serves up quality, uncomplicated breakfast dishes. You can have a play at creating your own dish from the breakfast buffet, or simply order from the delicious a la carte menu.