From the CBD’s first dedicated cheese shop, to a Kenmore institution that’s taken on the big smoke, these are the Brisbane cafes everyone is talking about.
Miss Jones is the second cafe from husband-and-wife team, Daniel and Hannah Bowles, after opening popular New Farm spot Little Loco more than two years ago. With a plan to “bring the pastels back”, the Bowles’ have created a bright room full of muted hues broken up by timber and greenery. The all-day breakfast menu features eggs benedict with hash and cheddar waffle, avocado, chorizo, chipotle hollandaise and poached eggs, while the lunch menu includes corn and chorizo tacos, and a Kewpie chicken burger. A La Marzocco espresso machine pours the Paradox blend from Sydney’s Single O coffee roasters.
Naïm on Melbourne
Adi Shabtay and Guy Frawley didn’t intend to open a second cafe, but opportunity came knocking. Aria Property Group approached the duo about launching a second Naïm, their popular Paddington breakfast spot. The venue has a very different feel to the original, a striking, jade-tiled fit-out with mirrored ceilings and an ornate white marble and chrome hand basin giving it a mosque-like vibe. The food is the same pan-Middle Eastern-inspired breakfasts and lunches: think Persian-feta flecked smashed avo, an Israeli-style chimichurri served with flatbread, and salads and baguettes to take away. There’s a short selection of cold drinks and coffee by Single O.
The Single Guys CBD
Kenmore institution, The Single Guys, has taken on the big smoke. The city cafe packs the same coffee (a house blend from Parallel Roasters rotates, with guest blends and at least two types of filter daily), but there’s a new menu and a different look. The food offering is brief and delivers creative takes on breakfast favourites – fried eggs on rye are heightened by capers, gorgonzola and sobrassada, for example – while the fit-out from Studio Lagom’s Will Ryan has applied crisp, clean lines to the shop’s glass frontage.
The Cheese Pleaser
The CBD received its first dedicated cheese shop when Sharyn de Kort and son, Sebastiaan, opened The Cheese Pleaser on Adelaide Street. City slickers now flock to the fromagerie and takeaway cafe at lunchtime for some great classic toasties made with top-quality cheese and organic pane from Levain Bakery. While the toasties and cheese plates may be the stars, The Cheese Please also offers coffee from Single O and takeaway meals such as Scenic Rim chicken with fennel and rosemary kipfler potatoes, and confit duck leg with roasted Jerusalem artichoke.
Nick and Kristina Maschke want you to feel a sense of community at Camp, their cafe beneath the Hudson Apartments in Albion. Take the coffee. Camp’s lead roaster is Sumner Park’s Parallel Roasters, the filter coffee comes from East Brisbane’s Light Coffee, and a host of other local, boutique roasters are rotated regularly. The space is minimalist with lots of natural timber, dark blue and greenery. The food is simple and hearty, with dishes based around quality local produce – think thick-cut bacon burgers with fried egg, cheddar, house tomato relish and pickles.