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Published June 14th 2014
A list of cafes in Brisbane that everyone must try
If you are anything like me, you spend wayyyy too much money searching for orgasmic food and coffee between the hours of 7am and 11am each weekend. So after some extensive research, and a few million calories, here is a list that will take you on a gastronomic adventure around our great city.

The Chelsea Bistro, The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

I have eaten most things here and each item gets a glowing recommendation, especially the crumpets with their very own honeycomb butter.


The Rogue Rennard, 106 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

Small, atmospheric, great food and wonderful coffee. Open for breakfast, lunch, tapas, coffee, tea, beer, wines and cocktails, they have a beautiful little courtyard that overlooks Latrobe Terrace which is the perfect setting for an outdoor breakfast. Try the smoked pork belly, relish and poached eggs.

Ruby's Cafe, 233 Given Terrace, Paddington.

Situated on Latrobe Terrace, this little cafe is a lovely way to spend a morning with your hands firmly gripped around a delicious coffee (in my case a cafe bonbon- espresso with sweetened condensed milk). Try the pesto scrambled eggs, it has lots of flavour.


Sassafras, 88 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

They do great frappes, juices, slices, coffees, and the chilli corn cakes are to die for. Sassafras is a quirky little establishment with huge personality. The staff here are always smiling and there is plenty of things to look at in this cute little cottage that has been turned into a cafe. There is also a beautiful courtyard to enjoy.


Campos, 11 Wandoo St, Fortitude Valley

A very popular place that is to be put on any breakfast lovers 'to do' list. This months menu includes a waffle topped with 72 hour pulled pork and apple sauce, chocolate and coffee pikelets (picture below) and smashed avocado with spiced chickpeas on sourdough to name only a few little treats. The coffee here is also amazing in abundance, flavour and variety. They have coffee producers in many locations - Kenya, Guatemala, Indonesia, Colombia, New Guinea, Panama and El Salvador.


Gramercy, Shop 30, Wintergarden, 200 Edward Street, Brisbane

This little cafe is tucked away in the Wintergarden in the mall. The food here is amazing, as is the coffee and salted caramel milkshakes. Delicious cakes and baked goods are also available and not worth resisting.


The Gunshop Cafe, 53 Mollison St, West End

This little cafe is a very popular choice amongst many which is a reinforcing factor in its ability to produce a decent breakfast. With a great variety of items on the menu this place will not disappoint. The brioche french toast, fresh berry, burnt honey and orange syrup, pistachio mascarpone is definitely worth a try.


Scout, 190 Petrie Terrace, Red Hill

Another small atmospheric cafe down the road from the Normanby. The wagyu rump burger with sauerkraut took me to another world. The coffee is great and the prices are very reasonable.


Fonzie Abbott, 1/30 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton

Located in the ever popular Racecourse Road, this funky little cafe has amazing coffee and little bites to eat. They roast their own blend of coffee here which is also distributed to many other establishments including Bitter Suite in New Farm and the Noosa Chocolate Factory to name but a few. The great atmosphere, accompanied by great coffee and a delicious warm ham and cheese croissant (or banana bread) makes this a great little breakfast/brunch haunt.


Nana & Da's, 12 Homebush Road, Kedron

A great little suburban cafe with amazing food, coffee and ambiance. It is the special little touches that this cafe offers that suggest its most important thing is bringing people together over good food and drinks. The homely wallpaper will make you feel like you have just entered your grandparents house, they cater for children by offering them there very own menu, the salmon is smoked on site, and the milkshakes have real chunks of strawberries in them. My recommendation is the coconut pancakes with peaches.



Saint Lucy's, Blair Dr, The University Of Queensland
I love heading to the grounds of the University of Queensland. It really is a lovely place to spend some time and why not have a coffee whilst doing so in Saint Lucy's. The cafe overlooks the tennis courts and has a very lovely feel to it. If you feel like getting out of the city environment, without traveling too far, please consider this option. They also serve breakfast here.

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