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 to sit 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
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 french toast with ice cream, banana and yogurt.
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.
Cicada, Adelaide St
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located on Adelaide Street, enjoy the modern European style venue as Chef Dylan Cashman creates classic breakfast dishes with a modern twist. From Monday to Friday feast on summer mango and coconut pancakes with blueberries or slow cooked eggs with chorizo, baked beans, tomato and roast peppers.
Nodo, Elizabeth St
This is where you would go if you were only allowed one last meal. Everything, and we mean everything is gluten free, and it all tastes absolutely amazing. From the Kimchi Waffle Benedict with your choice of bacon or smoked salmon to the the Brisket Cheeseburger with 24 hr slow cooked brisket with umami ketchup and organic cheddar you will not leave feeling hungry.
Patina 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? Patina's breakfast should have you back to 110% in no time. Our pick is the chargrilled sweet corn, fried eggs, manchego and sourdough.
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.
After gaining a cult following at their restaurants in Sydney and Byron Bay, Three Blue Ducks is finally gracing Brisbane with their presence and have brought along their epic breakfast menu. We'll be feasting on the cheese omelette with bacon, confit onion, tomato, chive and toasted sourdough or the mango bircher.
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.