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Top 10 breakfasts in Brisbane

Breakfast out, particularly on the weekend, really seems to start the day off well.

Even those non morning people are okay after a good coffee and there's plenty of great conversation happening around town over breakfast.

The other good thing about breakfast is that you know you're not going to be spending much more than $20 a person, including your coffee, unless you are really looking for a coffee hit.

So here's my 10 top places to enjoy breakfast within the Brisbane area - no particular order.  Please share your favourites in the comments section below.

Updated December 2014


 1. It's only six months since Paddington Deli & Epicure opened its doors in the Paddington Antique Centre building on Latrobe Terrace.Deli owner Antoinette Pease has expanded her original offering with the assistance of key new staff including Stu from Stu's Smoked Sauces and a pastry chef. The shop is now a cave of delights with shelves full of high quality produce and cabinets showing food that demands to be eaten. The only problem is what to choose.

My pick: Gluten free zucchini and corn fritters accompanied by avocado salsa.

2. Shouk, Paddington

Shouk's new style of breakfast options have found a ready audience amongst Brisbane's food lovers.  You only need to look at the plate to discover why but the food certainly tastes as good as it looks.

My pick: (top photo) Latke stack with poached egg - crisp Polish pancakes sandwiches with creme fraiches topped with premium ham and surrounded by pretty pickled red onion and dill.

3. Elixir Coffee, Stafford

It's all about the coffee here as the ambience is industrial and busy. But the coffee more than makes up for it and the breakfast menu has good options with both healthly and indulgent choices.

My pick - Breakast burrito - streaky bacon, three friend eggs, cheese, mushrooms, baby spinach and house-made tomato relish.

4. Roastery Cafe, South Brisbane

You know the coffee is going to be good when there's a roastery in the house. The Roastery Cafe has its home in same building as Rouge Coffee Roasters, wrapping itself around the shiny Probat roaster which can be seen from the cafe through a glass window. Of course the cafe's house blend comes from Rouge Coffee.

My pic: Poached eggs with avo, fetta and chilli jam.

5. Sassafrass, Paddington

It’s a bit like sitting down to eat in your crazy aunt’s kitchen, but the food is much better. That’s the feeling I have sitting inside the quirky old Paddington Queenslander with its tongue and grove walls, vintage tables and mismatched chairs.  The old Sunbeam Mixmasters perched high on the bookshelf crammed full of old magazines and books just add to the aura

My pick: Their most popular breakfast order is eggs benedict and I agree.

6. Arthur's Green, Red Hill

The vibe is relaxed and friendly, the food is interesting but familiar, parking is easy and it's child and dog friendly.  Located next to the Red Hill Bowls Club, Arthur's Green ticks all my boxes for a breakfast destination in the suburbs and I'm not alone. On a Sunday morning it was buzzing with families with kids, lots of kids, enjoying a perfect Brisbane morning.

My pick - Eggs benedict with bacon although next time I'm going for the zucchini and mint fritters with haloumi.

7. Annouk, Paddington

Maybe it's because it's a little Frenchy, but this cafe consistently rates highly as a breakfast venue.  Just ask the people standing in the queue.

My pick - French toast with mascarpone and cream

8. Cliffs Cafe, Kangaroo Point

Sometimes it's the view that gets me in and this place has view in spades.

My pick:  Sweet corn fritters with poached free-range eggs, crème fraiche`, baby spinach salad & spicy tomato salsa.

9. Querk Wilston
This is a mix of all sorts but great food and a has friendly, welcoming vibe.

My pick: Smashed avo on sourdough.


10.  Wild Canary

You don't get much more local at a restaurant than produce that is grown in the same Brisbane suburb. Yes, suburb!Avocados grown in Upper Brookfield, which is home to the Brookfield Garden Centre and Wild Canary Bistro, are just some of the local Brisbane delights used here. Chef Glen Barratt likes to work with the few  remaining productive agricultural properties in the Brookfield area which is located on the outskirts of Brisbane. 

My pick: Grilled mushrooms with persian fetta and an oversized spoonful of  brassica cous cous, buckwheat and chard, all with a very generous side of bacon.

And more..

  • John MacDonald of Palatable Partners suggests Pompidou Cafe, Riding Road, Balmoral.

Where do you suggest we try?

Browse my other top 10 lists

Kerry Heaney


  1. Anonymous9:15 am

    Egg Bistro, East Brisbane. Delicious!

  2. Anonymous9:25 am

    My pick would be Grub Street at Gaythorne. Great food, good service. A small venue and there are always people lining up for tables.
    I also like Cafe Siena at Chermside shopping centre. Good food at great prices.

  3. Hi Kerry
    I suggest you try The Balfour at Spicers Balfour Hotel on Balfour St in Newfarm.
    Indoor and outdoor dining from a restored Queenslander. Fresh, delicious a la carte options. Great service and good range of teas and coffee.
    Warm regards

  4. I've heard great things about Grub Street and Egg Bistro. They are on my must try list as is The Balfour.

    I'll have to check if you can eat there if you are not a guest. Is that okay Danielle? It does look nice.

  5. Sarah Bocquee10:45 am

    I love Gillians Garden Cafe, Stanley Street, East Brisbane!

  6. Your really must try brekky at Double Shot Espresso on Oxlade Drive in New Farm. I have been known to travel from the southside two weekends in a row for their brekky! Yum!

  7. I've been to Double Shot for lunch but not brekkie - will have to remedy that.

  8. Qwerk’s my favorite on the list, though I only read about it on your blog. It seems that the place has a whimsical and light appeal. When I have breakfast, I want to focus on the food AND the surroundings because it sets my mood for the whole day. I feel that Qwerk would bring out that effect. You made a great list, by the way!

  9. Thank you Violet. I stumbled on Querk by happy accident and really enjoyed the vibe there.

  10. Anonymous10:12 am

    This is great for the northies, but what about on the southside - any suggestions? I have mother in law brunch tomorrow and she's coming from down that way.

  11. Try Egg Bistro. My spies say it is good.

  12. Anonymous11:11 pm

    try Jimbo's on Wondall Rd at manly. Or AVE. at Eva St Coorparoo. 2 great breakfast spots on the south side!

  13. Anonymous7:16 pm

    Definitely has to be Pablo in New Farm- always awesome and their specials are especially good.

  14. Anonymous10:33 am

    Briki on hawken drive in st lucia,its run by a traditional greek family. We love the smoked salmon, smashed avo and chocolate baklava.

  15. Wow! That sounds great!

  16. Anonymous7:55 pm

    For south side ATM Cafe O-mai in annerley is my fav! They have a Vietnamese theme in their brekky menu. It's very well priced and service is friendly. Try the banh mi/ pho or clay pot baked's so good! Great coffee as well and cold press juice. This place has brought back life to Chardon's corner. Try it and see!

  17. Tarzan9:02 pm

    Try the Little Larder @ New Farm!
    Their pesto scramble is delish!

  18. Anonymous6:59 pm

    Not really one Southside place and we have some awesome breakfast spots.. Bungalow 4171, Pearl to mention just two and there are lots more. Come on over the south side of the rive Eat,drink+beKerry

  19. Anonymous7:59 pm

    I love the coffee & italian sweet options at Locale at Newstead. Sometimes I'm even lucky enough to get there as they pull they're biscotti out of the oven ... soooo good!!! -Danni

  20. Yes, I must get over to Brisbane's southside more often.

  21. Warm biscotti sounds amazing as does pesto scramble at Little Larder.

  22. David Costello12:50 pm

    Wow. We eat breakfast out every day. Most of these are new to us so must check them out. We like Leaf at Tarragindi, Shucked Newstead and L'Arte Hawthorne

  23. David Costello12:57 pm

    So many exciting new places to try

  24. Try crosstown eating house's fish taco for breakfast (trust me it's delicious & it works even for breakfast!) or for something simple but beautiful pawpaw cafe is a great place :)

  25. Anonymous10:20 am

    What about Flute in Coorparoo. Amazing breakfasts. Packed out every day with discerning diners.


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