Paddington is Brisbane's cafe mecca. You can't go more than a few steps down the main drag (Latrobe and Given Tce) without running into a shop that sells this delicious drink. Often when we are faced with so many options it can be hard to know which way to go. This review aims to guide you in the direction of your favourite blends.
Hamptons Home Living - Starting our coffee journey at the top of Latrobe Tce we find Hamptons Home Living. This stylish combined home wares store and café is the only café in Brisbane that brews and sells Melbourne's popular St. Ali coffee. This coffee stop is for the serious caffeine connoisseur and they will not be disappointed.
Black Cat Books and Café - Across the road from Hamptons is Black Cat Books and Café. Primarily a book store, Black Cat has a hidden café downstairs which serves Merlo coffee. Enjoy browsing the books then finish with a coffee while reading your new purchases.
Plaza Theatre Cafe – Located within the Paddington Antique, a stone's throw away from Black Cat Books and Café is the Plaza Theatre Café. Serving Vittorria coffee and often hosting high teas, this quirky cafe is the perfect place to delight vintage and coffee lovers alike.
Java Lounge - Neighbouring the Plaza Theatre Café is Java Lounge. This café is a Paddington institution, and is entrenched in the café culture that has risen around it. Java Lounge serves the classy Piazza D'Oro blend which is a favourite of the locals, demonstrated by the cafés consistently heavy flow of customers.
Monty's Chocolates – A relative new comer to the Paddington café scene is Monty's chocolates. Located in the same cluster as The Plaza Theatre Café and Java Lounge, Monty's differentiates itself through the selling of chocolate. But what goes better with chocolate then coffee right? This is the place for all the mocha lovers out there.
Urban Grind – Continuing down Latrobe Tce about halfway between Woolworths and Monty's, we find Urban Grind. This converted Queenslander is Paddington's second coming of Urban Grind, having closed then reopened in 2011. Urban Grind are dedicated to espresso, serving syphon, cold brew as well as the usual flat white, latte etc. However they don't serve anything with cream, ice-cream or decaffeinated. This café is the perfect place for the serious coffee drinker who appreciates quality.
Spoon - Located in Paddington central, Spoon is your run of the mill franchise café that has several locations, including the James St Markets. This is the ideal location to chill out and people watch while reading the paper and sipping on a cappuccino.
Sassafras Fine Foods – Opposite Paddington central is the quirky café, Sassafras Fine Foods. This is another Paddington institution, priding itself on its organic and fair trade offerings. Even the coffee is organic and fair trade with the barista brewing up Grinders organic fair-trade beans. You can't go past Sassafras cappuccino; the chocolate froth situation here is unreal.
Merlo Paddington Torrefazione – Nobody does a Merlo's coffee like Merlo themselves. Located next to Brow Bar, Merlo is Paddington's only drive through coffee stop. Selling beans, mugs, keep-cups and even aero presses. Merlo is the epitome of speed and quality and offers customers a loyalty card for buy 10 coffees get one free that can be used at any Merlo stop including the UQ and Fortitude Valley stores. This is the place for those after a quick, well-made coffee.
CuppaCcinos – As Latrobe Tce bends around the corner you come to CuppaCcinos. This little hole-in-the-wall type cafe may not seem like much but it has delicious cake and coffee. The only café in Paddington serving Campos coffee, this café is perfect for the connoisseur who is after a quick caffeine stop or relaxing sit down beverage to go with their morning or afternoon tea.
Lure on Latrobe – Across the road from CuppaCcinos is Lure on Latrobe. Lure resembles a Queenslander veranda and is one of Latrobe's most popular locations for breakfast. Serving perfect Genovese coffee every time, Lure is the perfect place for a relaxing and lazy breakfast accompanied by a smooth coffee kick start.
Hana Rosa – Hana Rosa neighbours Lure on Latrobe and occupies the space vacated by Sol Breads. It seems Hana Rosa's clientele is mainly the overflow from Lure on Latrobe. Coffee wise, this café offers DiBella which is well made but a bit slow. This café is perfect for the Sol bread devotees as Hana Rosa still sells their products. Enjoy a DiBella flat white and toasted sol breads sand which.
Blake and Taylor – Black and Taylor is a furniture and home wares store opposite Hana Rosa who recently opened an in-store café. The café serves up Veneziano Coffee and offers high tea parties. What better place to host a high tea then peruse the gorgeous home wares and furniture after!
The Coffee Club – ¬Where Latrobe Tce turns into Given Tce we have Paddington's Coffee Club. In the cut throat coffee market that is Paddington, The Coffee Club is open for coffee well into the night, a rarity in this part of Brisbane. This café is perfect for anyone who is a Coffee Club fan and for those after a coffee after dark.
Gourmet Providores - Gourmet Providores is a funky deli and café on Given Tce. It aims to stock all your cooking needs to recreate recipes featured on MasterChef, My Kitchen Rules, Jamie Oliver, and Maggie Beer. Gourmet Providores sells both takeaway and dine-in coffee of the Vittoria blend. They also have a state of the art Faema expresso machine imported from Italy to ensure consistently high quality coffee is served.
Ruby Café – Ruby Café is Paddington's newest instalment, opening in early 2012. This café has the trendy feel you would expect of a Paddington café. The coffee served here is the popular Vittoria blend. They say a change is as good as a holiday so if you are a Paddington local and haven't tried Ruby yet, consider having your next coffee here while imagining yourself under a palm tree.
Anouk – Opposite Ruby Café on Given Tce is the uber popular Anouk. Sister cafes with the Gunshop Café in West End, Anouk epitomizes Paddington. Anouk serves up Merlo Coffee and is the perfect accompaniment to your trendy breakfast. However, be prepared to wait at peak coffee times as this is one of Paddington's most popular spots.
Eurovida – Euorivda is just down the road from Anouk. Slightly under the radar, this café serves Piazza D'Oro coffee. The coffee here has received mixed reviews but when accompanied by the breakfast menu any slight imperfections can be forgiven. Perfect if you want a slightly less crowded dining experience then at Anouk and if you are after a better breakfast then on offer at Ruby.
Fundies Organic Wholefoods and Café– Given Tce's final stop is Fundies Organic Wholefoods and Café. A partnering wholefoods store and café serving vegetarian and organic foods, Fundies is polar opposites to Anouk yet still fits in with the trendy Paddington scene. Serving Organic Coffee, it is not unusual for Fundies to have drink specials such as a tiramisu latte. This is the perfect stop for the organic lover. Why not stop for a coffee after purchasing some super foods.