The Best Cafes in Brisbane City

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Brisbane gets up early, and its coffee machines are switched on soon after. Luckily, many of the city’s best cafes sit within the 4000 postcode, all within strolling distance from one another. These stellar spots will take you right through your day – from your first cup of coffee through to a hearty brunch and the post-lunch caffeine fix. Here’s where we’re going for the lot.

  • The Brisbane specialty-coffee superstar continues to showcase the country's best roasters at this cavernous, contemporary cafe. Find it behind an 1890s-built heritage facade in the heart of the city.

  • The Melbourne coffee roaster’s small CBD espresso bar aims to get your brew out in under two minutes. Stop in for expert coffee, ice-cold cans of cold brew and Chouquette pastries.

  • Day or night, this beautifully designed venue is a draw.

  • Keep it simple – that’s the thinking at this little cafe and bar. Accordingly, you’ll rarely have to wait.

  • Coffee grotto by day, bar by night. In a city famous for neglecting its heritage, John Mills Himself is a glowing tribute to Brisbane’s past and present.

  • A cafe, roastery and ambitious training hub from one of the city's best exponents of specialty coffee.

  • A tiny cafe hidden down a CBD laneway.

  • Serving coffee any way you like it.

  • Get the meatballs. Get the meatballs.

  • Expert coffee from one of Sydney’s best roasters.

  • The Coffee Anthology team’s sophisticated eatery is set within Midtown Centre’s Intersection food and drink precinct. Ascend the steps for sharp, Asian-influenced dishes and Anthology’s regular rotation of top Australian coffee roasters. Plus, craft beers and wines by the bottle and glass.

  • The Melbourne-born croissanterie’s petite, takeaway-ready store isn’t much more than a hole in the wall. But it’s serving those famous pastries, and Coffee Supreme espresso and filter. Follow the crowds headed for one of the city’s most popular laneways.

  • A grungy hideaway that’s busy from morning to night.