Hunt down the best brunch spots in Brisbane

Science, or at least The Courier-Mail, concluded that us here can’t get enough of the morning dining scene. We’d like to think it’s due to sophisticated taste buds, but it’s more likely that we keep curdling the hollandaise.

Each weekend Brisbanites can be found lining the footpaths, ordering eggs poached, fried or scrambled, plus a coffee, smoothie or cocktail to complete this morning ritual or Sunday tradition.

Brunch is the most important meal of any weekend – especially in Brisbane. Discover our favourite spots.

Central

Breakfast at Campos CoffeeCampos, Fortitude Valley – While the Campos roasting house on Wandoo St may be better known for its coffee, let its creative brunch offering surprise you.

Customs House, Brisbane City – Dine on white linen out on the terrace beneath the historic Customs House on weekends. The Story Bridge views are unbeatable.

Gerard's Bistro
Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley – For something different, taste Middle Eastern-influenced breakfast and lunch at Brisbane favourite Gerard’s Bistro.

GOMA Cafe, South Bank (reopen April 2016) – Fuel up with a gourmet feed before hitting the gallery floors to marvel at world-class art exhibitions. Only available weekends, the menu makes the most of local produce with dishes such as lilly pilly ricotta dumpings with stone fruit and whipped yogurt.

Harvey’s, Fortitude Valley – For those who like a boozy brunch, Harvey’s has a "libations" menu from 10am that has four brunch cocktails, including a classic bloody mary.

Miss Kay’s, Brisbane City – Party too hard last night? Slip into Miss Kay’s and order a greasy serving of fried chicken and waffles to sop up those woes.


Riverbar, Brisbane City – River views – check. Breakfast foods – check. Cocktail menu – check. Start your day (and perhaps even end it) at celebrity chef Matt Moran’s Riverbar.

Strauss, Brisbane City – Looking for an authentic CBD laneway experience? Pop into Strauss off Elizabeth St. The coffee is among the best, and food isn’t far behind.

North

Alcove, Wilston – Join the locals for brunch at this rustic venue. The timber is recycled, the styling shabby chic and produce comes from the south east.

Artie & Mai, Albion – A reliable staple on the brunch scene – Artie & Mai is open most public holidays and serves a top-quality, all-day breakfast menu from its digs on Sandgate Rd.

Dandelion & Driftwood, Hendra – For the best coffee in Brisbane with an all-day brunch menu that’ll have you um-ing and ah-ing over what to choose, head to D & D.

Let MinnowLet Minnow, Clayfield – Cute, suburban and with a fishy theme, this quaint cafe takes its cues from its former life as an aquarium. Share a brekky board, or keep it all to yourself. 

Simply Duo, Nundah – Small and unsuspecting, the breakfast menu at Simply Duo is understated and features all the essentials.


The Balfour Kitchen, New Farm – Chef William Wallace whips up an imaginative breakfast using local gourmet ingredients and unusual flavour combinations.

The Low Road, Windsor – The Tropicana-themed quirky and kitsch cafe resides just near Windsor Station. Go for a feed, stay for the coffee, laugh at the A-frame chalk sign.

South

Billykart, West End – This is the second Billykart by chef Ben Donovan, and like the first this popular cafe plays up his signature laid-back style and love of fresh, local ingredients. 

Gauge Cafe South Brisbane
Gauge, South Brisbane – Feel like your brunch lacks imagination? Try Gauge on for size. From black-coloured garlic bread to sourdough waffles with artichoke custard and freeze-dried honey, this is anything but ordinary.

London Fields, West End – Take comfort in this British-inspired gastropub. Drop by for weekend brunch to dine on classics with a gourmet twist.

Miss Bliss, West End – Not keen on the idea of a greasy fry up? Miss Bliss is the home of healthy unprocessed whole foods and refined sugar free foods.

Morning After (Photo: Florian Grohn)
Morning After, West End – Breakfast carbonara – the only two words needed to get us there. Morning After effortlessly balances a menu of cheeky treats and healthy eats.

Pearl Cafe, Woolloongabba – If the words "housemade butterscotch milkshake" don’t make you weak at the knees, the rustic wholesome fare on offer will.

Plenty, West End – "Know your farmer" is the motto and at Plenty you can expect your brunch to come from the South East Queensland area.

Suburban, West End – Forced out for brunch and don’t like eggs? Knock over a burger, waffles or hot smoked salmon here.

The Roastery, South Brisbane  – Want good coffee and  excellent food? The Roastery Café is your friend. The space is located right next door to Rogue Coffee.

East 

Chester Street Bakery
Chester Street Bakery & Bar, Newstead
– Boozy brunches (or late-night desserts) are the specialty at Chester Street, so be sure to stop by with friends.

French Twist, Bulimba – This spot is perfect for something lighter such as muesli, juices and baked treats. Its food styling is Instagram worthy.

Pablo, New Farm – Burnt marshmallow milkshakes, excellent avo on toast and great connections to public transport – not heading to Pablo is your mistake.

Pineapple Express, Hamilton – For a quick and healthy fix, Pineapple Express is the one. Grab an easy wrap, an acai bowl or healthy smoothie.

Southside Tea Room, Morningside – Pop 19 20 20 on your stereo and head on over to The Grates own cafe. This eclectic, retro adorned cafe is your dive bar for the morning hours.

West

85 Miskin Street, Toowong – Set in a converted Queenslander, this back-street restaurant specialises with its four-course breakfast degustation. A must do!

Anouk, Paddington – Housed in a historic building, Anouk plays up a French influence in its styling. Drop by for a simple feed, or something fancy (like house gravalax with poached duck egg).

Chapter Four, Paddington – Go for the views, stay for the food. Chapter Four is set in an old Queenslander building that has views overlooking leafy Rosalie and the city.

Hops Scotch and Beans
Kettle & Tin, Paddington – Brunch here for a relaxed breakfast with a hipster vibe. Its waffles and hair-of-the-dog cocktails are popular with locals.

Naim, Paddington A favourite for its gorgeous plating and Middle Eastern-inspired fare, Naim puts an interesting spin on all it does. 

Single Guys, Kenmore – Perhaps you’re out exploring a little further from the CBD and find yourself in Kenmore. The Singles Guys is the spot for good coffee and great food. 

Smoked Paprika, Bardon – A hidden gem in Bardon, this suburban cafe is open seven days and offers unusual takes on the classics at a good price.

Destination brunch

Sometimes you have to travel a little out of the city to get a great brunch – and we promise these ones are worth travelling for.

Wild Canary, Brookfield – Passionate about using local produce, head chef Glen Barratt sources produce from nearby farmers and works to make the dishes shine.

Coffee by the jetty at Workshop Co. Espresso
Workshop Co, Redcliffe – They don’t do breakfast – only brunch. Besides a handful of favourites, the menu changes each day with specials to pair with a perfect latte or cold drip coffee. 

The Flying Nun, Samford – Get in early or book a table because this popular cafe gets busy. Set partly in an old church and partly in a rainforest garden, here you can enjoy a menu of exquisite seasonal dishes.

Doug & Pearl, Cleveland – Fuel up at Doug & Pearl with a gourmet feed before catching the ferry over to North Stradbroke Island for a day in the sun.

Cedar & Pine, Wynnum – This petite tapas bar in downtown Wynnum is an easy 20-minute drive east of the CBD to Brisbane’s Bayside.

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