The past decade has seen Brisbane's cafe scene coming of age, with artisan roasters, family-run Italian and Middle-Eastern places rubbing shoulders with vibrant cafe bars, French gourmet options and modern Australian establishments that are experimenting with bush tucker ingredients and that from around the world. Whether you need a champion brekkie, lunch with friends or a no-fuss evening meal, Brisbane's cafes include options for everyone and you can book all of them with Quandoo.
Ever since the days of battlers on the cattle range, Aussies have loved a satisfying breakfast. It is no wonder then, that avocado and toast was born in this country, eggs benedict here continues to be the envy of the world, as well as why every cup of morning coffee is amazing and more than just a quick slug before rushing to work. Whether you order sourdough crumpets and fresh fruit in Fortitude Valley or an all-day breakfast in Bowen Hills, Brisbane’s cafes have breakfast options to start any day on the right foot. So if you have a long day ahead, cafes in Brisbane are the place to book.
Caffeine fanatics will find themselves in the right city, since there's no shortage of Brisbane cafes where coffee takes the spotlight. Head to Charlotte Street where the focus is on locally-sourced food and ethically-produced coffee beans, using only the finest organic milk and heirloom chocolate on their brews. Enjoy a Parisian-style coffee experience on Elizabeth Street, where the precise espresso blends will perk anyone up, or go for artisan roasters which serve a dizzying array of coffee varieties. Always blending caffeine kicks with culinary chops, these Brisbane cafes are great hangouts for brunches, snacks or main meals alike.
If you need a lively spot to chill with friends with some tunes, artisan cocktails and high-quality food, Brisbane's cafes deliver as well. Book places on M&A Lane that mix the appeal of a hip bar with the food and ambience of a cafe restaurant. Nibble on bar snacks like nachos, ribs or fries and stick around for craft ales, a couple of mojitos and an evening of tunes from hot local DJs. Conveniently located for club- and theatre-goers in the CBD, these cafe bars are just what you need to blend good-time vibes with fine food before a night on the town.
As you'd expect from a city with such a cosmopolitan dining scene, Brisbane's cafes are also great places to find amazing nosh from all over the world. Pull up a pew at Middle Eastern-influenced eateries, where you'll find halloumi stuffed sandwiches and couscous salads, or opt for salads featuring rump steak covered with Thai sauce, roasted macadamias and plenty of locally sourced greens. Some places add chorizo to their burgers with a hat-tip to Spain, while others keep things strictly Italian with eggs Florentine, and light pasta dishes. Aussie dining is absorbing influences from everywhere right now, and Brisbane's cafes are a great example, so why not try something new at your next meal?
If you're on a health kick right now, Brisbane's cafes are the place to go. Whether you are slimming down to fit into a wedding dress or getting ready for a beach holiday, these eateries offer plenty of salads, organic juices, granola breakfasts and lean paleo-friendly grilled meat dishes. So, even if you're on a strict high protein diet, that's hardly an issue. You'll even find low calorie desserts at forward-thinking Brisbane cafes that feature whole foods, raw ingredients and gluten-free recipes. Fill up on kiwi, apple, strawberry and yogurt, without piling on the pounds or sacrificing a sliver of taste.
Diners will find exceptional cafes all over Brisbane. In central Brisbane, the CBD hosts a cluster of highlights on Margaret Street and George Street. Moving further out, Fortitude Valley is home to plenty of local favourites, with Barry Parade and Brunswick Street at the top of the pile. But outlying suburbs conceal some amazing places as well. For example, you can find some of Brisbane's very best cafes in Yeronga or Graceville in the southwest, and Nundah to the north. Wherever you are in Queensland's capital, there's a fine cafe waiting to whip up a first-rate espresso, and all of the best places can be found on Quandoo.