If your favourite meal of the day is breakfast (or particularly a long, lazy brunch on a weekend) then you will find plenty of fantastic places to visit next time you head to Brisbane. From coffee shops set up in homewares stores to luxury restaurants in five-star boutique hotels, the inner-city suburbs of Brisbane are full of establishments that get the first meal of the day right. If you’re keen to sample some of the quality offerings available, then book your flight to Brisbane today and get ready to enjoy freshly ground coffee, fluffy pancakes and perfect eggs in a variety of locations around Brisbane. Read on for five of the best cafes to head to for a brilliant brunch while you’re visiting the “river city”.
Tucked down a quaint side street in inner-city Toowong, the Corner Store Cafe is a local gem that’s especially popular on weekends for families, hipsters and cyclists after they’ve worked up an appetite. Situated in a renovated, turn-of-the-century cottage that used to be a corner store, this cafe prides itself on quality food – much of it made using fresh ingredients from the on-site organic herb and veggie garden – and its single origin espressos from Byron Bay’s Marvell Street Roasters. Corner Store Cafe provides diners with brunch options such as quinoa porridge, paleo granola and zucchini and haloumi fritters. It also has a substantial juice menu that includes fresh organic coconuts. The chef creates seasonal menus, and caters to gluten-free and vegetarian diets as well. Shoppers visiting Corner Store can also select from a variety of local flowers, produce and groceries.
This Woolloongabba café provides an all-day breakfast menu that is regularly updated but always popular. Well-known for their corn fritters and ability to cook fabulous eggs any way, Paw Paw Cafe has only been open for a couple of years but is set to become a local institution. The menu caters to all tastes and has a distinctly international flavour – diners can choose from Canadian-style waffles, Israeli-influenced falafels and hummus, or the traditional French croquet, Madame. Opened by a hospitality group that now has four establishments to their name, Paw Paw has an Asian-influenced decor and is popular with locals, students and tourists. Caffeine lovers will be won over by the Campos Coffee served in store. The laid-back vibe and friendly service keep regulars coming back.
Another Woolloongabba institution, Pearl has been attracting diners for the ultimate Sunday brunch for years now. The French-style cafe has a refined yet rustic decor and has been a pivotal player in turning the local area into a well-known haunt for foodies – with long lines out the front each weekend a testament to its food and service. Diners can enjoy Genovese Coffee served with organic Barambah milk or even kick off their day with brunch cocktails such as Peach Bellinis or Camparis. The menu always has a local and organic focus, and uses organic dairy, local rooftop honey, organic chicken and locally baked breads.
Set inside Spicers Balfour Hotel, one of Brisbane’s best luxury bed-and-breakfast providers, this on-site restaurant offers five-star service and dining in an elegant environment. The boutique hotel used to reserve breakfasts purely for guests staying on the premises, but has recently opened the private dining room to the public on weekends. The sensational full breakfast is a winning choice and includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot, artisan breads, pastries and fresh fruit, and an a la carte selection such as eggs and smoked salmon or French brioche.
This popular, inner-city Paddington haunt is located in a beautiful, converted Queenslander cottage that also houses a luxurious homewares store. Diners can enjoy their meal out the front of the building or on the leafy back deck that provides breath-taking views of the city. Coffee lovers will enjoy the quality of the St Ali beans from Melbourne while foodies will be delighted by both cafe classics and meals with a twist, such as baked eggs with chorizo, or avocado, rocket and Persian fetta sourdough.