Satisfy those 3pm cravings in Brisbane CBD - Visit Brisbane


Satisfy those 3pm cravings in Brisbane CBD

We know the drill – you’re sitting at your desk and glance down at the clock on your computer. It’s 3.01pm and your stomach is crying out for a sugar fix.

On Monday it might be easy to say no, but by Friday you’re weak. Giving in to temptation doesn’t always have to spell blowout. We’ve included some healthier options to tame the 3pm dragon, but who are we kidding? Chocolate cures all.

Noosa Chocolate Factory, Adelaide St 

Let it be known, Noosa Chocolate Factory is the real MVP when it comes to an afternoon sugar hit. The rustic artisan chocolate store has a wall of pick ‘n’ mix chocolate-covered nuts and dried fruits, fancy bars of all varieties and iced or hot chocolates of all strengths. For the record, our favourite is the 56% hot chocolate. Oh, and don’t miss the rocky road. It's open until 5pm weekdays. 

Dello Mano, Tattersall's Arcade

The original brownie king, it is rumoured that Ashton Kutcher once had Dello Mano brownies flown to Paris for his birthday. These little foil-wrapped squares of luxury heaven can be found in an assortment of flavours at its store in Tattersall’s Arcade. The shop also serves a range of luxe cakes, treats, sweets and more until 5pm weekdays.

Marchetti, Tattersall's Arcade

Nearby Dello Mano, Marchetti is the city’s Italian cafe – complete with real cannoli. Come 3pm have your fingers crossed that there will be any left. A consolation prize is the Nutella roll – a thin layer of fresh sponge, spread with Nutella and rolled. Complete your order with a piccolo up until 4pm weekdays. 

Oasis Juice Bar, Queen Street Mall

Fresh juice kings Oasis have a kiosk in the mall that’s always pumping out drinks. It never uses juice concentrates – only the real, pure fresh fruit – so it’s guaranteed you’re getting the good stuff. It's open from 5.45am - 8.30pm weekdays to satisfy your craving. 

Room With Roses, Brisbane Arcade

Room With Roses

Set on the gallery level of Brisbane Arcade, Room With Roses is a quaint tea room best known for excellent scones and high tea. Pop by to grab cake to go or take a late lunch and sit in with a cup of English Breakfast until 3.30pm weekdays. 

Nodo, Elizabeth St

Nodo Donuts

You'll have to plan this one ahead, as Nodo shuts up shop at 3pm. But it's worth the scramble to grab one of these fresh, gluten free treats and a pick-me-up in the form of a coffee or juice. You'll find the hole-in-the-wall café on Elizabeth St.  

Raw Energy Brisbane, Edward St

If you've got the foresight to plan ahead, you could secure yourself some of the delicious treats and health-packed options on offer at Raw Energy. Choose between a poké bowl or an acai bowl (our preference) or enjoy a smoothie, juice or small treat from the cabinet. Raw Energy closes at 3pm weekdays.  

Le Bon Choix, Edward and Queen Sts

Le Bon Choix Edward St

Macarons, croissants, and cakes made of mousse can all be found at the two Le Bon Choix outlets in the CBD, served with delicious coffee. Drop by the patisserie for an afternoon sweet treat until 5.30pm weekdays.

Botero, Adelaide St

Image credit: Savannah Van Der Neit

Honestly, this is a long shot – the folks at Botero stock Sprout croissants, pastries and more but they go like hot cakes. Come 3pm if there are any delicious treats left, throw your money at staff and demand flaky pastry goodness. Be quick, this one's last call on coffees is 3pm. 

Jocelyn's Provisions, Eagle St

You'll have to move fast to get the goods from Jocelyn's Provisions. The boutique patisserie known for its artisan cakes, bread, pastries and provisions closes daily at 3pm. But it's well worth the trip. Wash it down with a coffee or tea to get you through the afternoon. 

Bonsai Botanika, Elizabeth St

Across the Road from the Myer Centre on Elizabeth St, you'll find Bonsai Botanika, a favourite with locals, tourists and students alike. The Japanese inspired café serves up some delicious treats and drinks that will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Try a matcha flavoured cake or keep it classic with a chocolate brownie. 

Brisbane City Markets, Reddacliff Place

Jan Powers Farmers Market, Reddacliff Place

The country comes to the city when one of Brisbane’s best farmers’ markets pops up in Brisbane Square from 8am-6pm. Take the kids along to meet farmers and producers, buy fresh produce and pasta, taste cheese and jams, and find meat, seafood and hot smoked salmon to take home. Arrive hungry for the hand-picked food stalls, where you’ll find everything from fresh juices to falafel pita wraps to indulge in for lunch. Find out why this weekly CBD market is a must-visit yourself.

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