13 best breakfast and brunch spots in Fortitude Valley

Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley precinct might be better known for its nightlife, bars, pubs and live music venues, but in the not-so-wee hours of the morning a new culture of coffee and breakfast is creeping in. Discover our picks of the neighbourhood for your next brunch adventure.



A breakfast institution, Harvey’s is a breezy spot along James St perfect to fuel your day shopping the strip. Breakfast is served seven days, with everything from a confit potato, ricotta and spinach omelette to ricotta-buttermilk pancakes with caramelised banana and honeycomb butter.

321 Water Street

When eggs on toast are less than $10, you know you've found a winner. 321 Water Street is half hidden behind brick and greenery but once found, you won't want to leave. Dine in on brekky delights including salmon french toast, corn and zucchini fritters with smashed avo and truffle omelette – with nothing over $16, the bank won't be broken. 

Chow House

Chow House rides the line between Asian-fusion and a classic morning menu. Tuck into the Chow House nasi goreng and Thai chicken omelette, or go more traditional with thyme-roasted mushrooms or a breakfast burger.

King Arthur

King Arthur Cafe

The best spots are hidden away, and this one is on a side street off James St. The dual-level cafe is open seven days serving fun dishes that push boundaries as evidenced by the fried borlotti beans and chilli scramble.

Reverends Fine Coffee

At Reverends, the coffee is great and so is the food – talk about a match made in heaven. Enter the raw brick-walled space, order your favourite brew and make the tough decision between the likes of spaghetti and meatballs on toast, bagels and more.

Le Petit Paris

Staying true to the name, Bakery Lane produces the goods with a new French-style bakery offering the authentic buttery croissants Fortitude Valley has been lacking. Tuck into a traditional French breakfast with barista-made coffee and pastries or indulge in a sweet crepe filled with Nutella, honey, or strawberries and whipped cream. Simple is best.

Pineapple Express Superfood Box

Need a health kick to start your day – tiny container cafe Pineapple Express offers acai bowls, cocowhip and healthy wraps. Drop by for an express feed on the footpath by James St.

No. 5 Cafe

With a storefront in Fortitude Valley's buzzing Winn Lane, No 5. Cafe certainly came bearing gifts – caffeine and all day brunch. Tuck into crowd favourites of oven baked beans, smashed avo and the potato rosti stack with salmon. 

Bens Burgers

Treat yourself to brunch at a burger bar. Highly regarded for their regular burgers, Bens Burgers also have breakfast options. Choose from a bacon and egg, sausage and egg or go really left wing for the Elvis burger with bacon, peanut butter, banana and maple syrup. 


Breakfast at Campos Coffee

This is coffee roasters Campos headquarters – so we can guarantee the coffee is good. Fortunately, the food is also awesome and a changing menu means regular changes and seasonal eats.

Kennigo Social House

With a paddock to plate motto, you can expect fresh and local ingrediants when you pop into this historical venue for a spot of breakfast. The fully restored Queenslander serves classic options with a side of Instagram-worthy aesthetics including a sweet and salty waffle with maple bacon, red wine poached pear and hazelnut gelato. 

Miss Jones Cafe

Lying just outside the Forititude Valley border, Miss Jones Cafe is serving delectable breakfast in a pretty and pink setting so we couldn't resist adding it to this list. Picturesque to a pastel tee and with quality food and coffee to follow, Miss Jones has certainly brought an edge of competition to the already bustling New Farm cafe scene. With menu options including blueberry and vanilla waffles, roast pumpkin bruschetta, and corn and chorizo tacos, this cafe is bound to become your new local.

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