In the past five years or so, the number of cafes in Brisbane has exploded exponentially, which makes writing an article about Brisbane's best cafes a very hard job (but makes the research aspect of the article not hard at all).
If you are on the hunt for Brisbane's best eggs Benedict, look no further than Sassafras in Paddington. I have tasted many a Benedict in my day, and none compares to the bacon and avocado delight at Sassafras. They also have an extensive lunch menu, with a focus on organic, free range and fair trade produce.
Consistently a finalist as Brisbane's best breakfast spot, Vagelis in Ascot is always busy and has one of the longest breakfast menus I have ever seen. The Greek-inspired fare for lunch and dinner is also delicious – I can personally recommend the cheese saganaki or the keftedes.
Another place that is always busy is the Little Larder in New Farm. They don't take bookings so be prepared to wait for a table, but rest assured the food here is so tasty and fresh that you will have forgotten the wait after your first bite.
And no list of great Brisbane cafes would be complete without a mention of West End favourite, Three Monkeys. This café has been serving up delicious cakes and food for many, many years, and has never gone out of favour. It has the perfect mix of cosy inside areas and a great courtyard out the back, making it perfect both for romantic couples or big groups.
Some other places that are definitely worth a look in are:
While I absolutely love the atmosphere of the Three Monkeys the food is the same old, same old stuff that is bulk purchased (often frozen). I have food allergies and the staff will not/cannot have absolutely no idea what is in the food and are reluctant to find out what ingredients are in the items. The cannot/will not help suggest alternatives (if I ask what they have that doesn't contain gluten and dairy) they often just stand there and shrug their shoulders or tell me to just pick something from the menu. The only thing on the menu I can eat is a plain garden salad.....pretty much lettuce and tomato....um...no thanks. ONE staff member suggested they could adjust the salad and add a few things that would make it tastier, which she did. When I subsequently asked for the same thing on another visit I was told they couldn't do that. WT? it isn't McDonald's.
Fabulous atmosphere though. I have been known to sneak in my own dairy/gluten free biccies, purchase a coffee and enjoy the atmosphere. :-)