From the arrival of a Sydney mover and shaker to the reboot of a local favourite, here are the cafe openings that have Brisbane buzzing.
After turning New Farm’s Pablo into a local favourite, Michael and Amy Bates decided to sell up and open Priory Kitchen in Woolloongabba’s Trafalgar Lane precinct. The 88-seater is based around a central workstation, where a La Marzocco machine brews a house blend of Bear Bones Espresso. A cabinet displays muffins and cakes, baked daily in-house, including the Caribbean banana bread, made with lime, rum and coconut. Michael runs the kitchen, serving breakfast and lunch choices ranging from bubble-and-squeak bhajis served with maple-baked bacon, to brioche French toast with housemade pistachio gelato.
Shop 4, 855 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
(07) 3162 5395
Pablo & Rusty
After years of serving Sydney’s CBD set, Pablo & Rusty owner Saxon Wright has headed north and opened his first Brisbane outlet on Mary Street in the CBD. Every aspect of this cafe revolves around just one thing: producing coffee that’s as close to perfect as possible. This precision even involves weighing out the beans to the gram and heating espresso to the exact temperature for a particular blend or single origin. If you’re hungry, take away a pastry, cake or vegan and gluten-free slice. They’re delivered fresh every morning to the cafe by West End’s Peregrine Pastries.
200 Mary Street, Brisbane
(07) 3236 4525
In moving Taste from New Farm to Red Hill, owner Jodie Macaulay has set out to re-cast her cafe as the perfect local. Inside the new digs you’ll find charcuterie, cheese and baked goods from artisan producers (Deliss, Danny’s Bread, Crust & Co, Jocelyn’s Provisions) and Toby’s Estate coffee. The menu is designed to showcase produce in-house, from bagels with homemade hummus to the store’s specialty: the Red Hill version of a tarte flambée – short-crust pastry with leek and double-smoked speck.
63 Windsor Road, Red Hill
(07) 3369 4044
It’s all about coffee and community at Miss Audrey Coffee, located on a quiet Bardon street at the foot of Mount Coot-tha. Parents and children from the state school around the corner pop in for a sweet treat while others bring the dog and read the morning paper. Owners Nic Condon and his wife Donna use Padre Coffee beans from Melbourne and are supplied with baked goodies including muffins, friands and brownies from Outlook, a catering business at the back of the premises.
12 Outlook Crescent, Bardon
(07) 3367 2777
The closure of Brother Espresso on Margaret Street in the city late last year surprised many of its regulars, but now Roslyn Gibbons-Munch has opened her second Nessun Dorma cafe in its place. Twin La Marzocco GB5 coffee machines pump out the bracing Eduardo house blend, a bunch of single origins and an organic blend called Au Naturel. All-day breakfast ranges from favourites such as eggs Benedict or Atlantic, right through to curry-spiced cauliflower fritters and savoury mince on toast. For lunch the focus shifts to the cabinets of gourmet, ribbon and toasted sandwiches.
127 Margaret Street, Brisbane
(07) 3003 1346