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 Brisbane City are dishing out breakfasts and pouring coffees to keep you going all day.
Alta Cafe is an urban gem in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. Just a short walk from Central Station, this is the perfect destination to relax with a coffee and breakfast before starting your work day. There are lighter options like acai and granola bowls, as well as farmers boards and specials like parmesan crusted Belgium waffles. There is also a selection of daily cakes, muffins and fresh pastries in the window.
Aquila is Italian for eagle - so where better for Aquila to sit than along Eagle St. This Italian-style space has a rustic fit-out and is serving up breakfast weekdays from 6.30am. From acai bowls to eggs benedict, there’s a breakfast dish to suit any mood.
If you’re after the perfect New York Style bagel, you can’t go past The Bagel Boys on Adelaide St. The Bagel Boys specialises in traditional kettle-boiled bagels that are mixed, rolled, boiled and baked fresh every single day. Sink your teeth into breakfast options like the Haloumi & Bacon Stack (caramelised halloumi, bacon, spinach & tomato chutney), Brekkie Galore (bacon, egg, swiss cheese, rocket, tomato, aioli and tomato chutney) or grab a blueberry bagel to go with the schmear of your choice.
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, start your day with a delicious and hearty breakfast made with local seasonal produce from sustainable farms. Our top picks are the Very French Toast (baguette style with caramelized peaches) or the Curried Scrambled Eggs (with pork and fennel sausage).
Brew, Burnett Lane
Find a space in Brew's dimmed rustic basement to indulge in all-day breakfast from 7am–2pm with a spectacular cup of coffee. Satisfy your cravings with classics like smashed avocado, Brew eggs ‘Benny’ or house-made fritters. If you're on the run, simply grab a halloumi bagel and coffee before dashing off.
After gaining a cult following at its Sydney and Byron Bay restaurants, Three Blue Ducks has Brisbane become a stalwart among locals and visitors, and has brought along its epic breakfast menu. We'll be feasting on the cheese omelette with bacon, confit onion, tomato, chive and toasted sourdough or the mango bircher.
Cicada offers casual yet sophisticated dining with an extensive and mouth-watering breakfast menu that has something for everyone, whether you’re dining in or looking for a pastry to-go. From breakfast skillets with chorizo and baked eggs to a truffled mushroom scramble, plus delicious Campos coffee, you can’t go past this long-standing bistro in The City.
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. There is a divine selection of homemade tarts and pastries as well as an all-day brunch menu menu on offer here. Our picks? The chimichurri scramble, potato latkes and a chocolate sourdough hotcake.
Nestled among the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens lies a heritage-listed curator's cottage called The Gardens Club. Open for breakfast every day of the week, this beautiful cottage has a great seasonal menu that includes mushroom and leek toast, and beetroot fritters.
Jabiru, Post Office Square
Jabiru offers an enticing all-day breakfast menu that won’t break the bank. From blueberry chia pudding to savoury mince with a twist to Jabiru’s version of the big brekkie “The Hunger Tamer”, you’ll find a tasty meal that will provide fuel for the long day ahead.
Located on Adelaide Street, this contemporary restaurant serves up classic breakfast dishes with a modern twist. Named after the world’s first petrol powered vehicle, the venue reflects the innovation and creativity of Mercedes-Benz, but rest assured it is not gimmicky in its design. From Monday to Friday, feast on dishes like the toasted house crumpet with spanner crab, chilli and poached egg, Motorwagen’s Breakfast Burger with kimchi or “Eggs Benzy”.
Riverbar & Kitchen is the Brisbane venture of celebrity chef and restaurateur Matt Moran. From 8am daily you can indulge in breakfast favourites like 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.