This is our edit of Brisbane's best new cafes from the past 12 months, updated monthly.

Some are following the latest coffee trends – continuing the push away from espresso and towards batch-brew – while others are trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots.

Here's where we're going for coffee right now.

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Kiki

In late 2020, the team behind Rick Shores and Little Valley (now-closed) opened a fancy kiosk in a beautiful Richards and Spence-designed urban park. Kiki deals in Bellissimo coffee, Doughluxe doughnuts and Chouquette pastries in the morning; natural wine, cocktails and Asian beers in the afternoon; and banh mi all day. For the latter, there’s a vegetarian baguette and a breakfast baguette with Laos sausage, egg and Vietnamese salad. The venue itself isn’t much more than a large circular kiosk parked in the corner of the Town Square precinct, between Fish Lane and Melbourne Street. What was once an empty, unused space has been converted into a vivid urban garden of red brick, timber and tree ferns.

Fish Lane, South Brisbane

Anytime

Tom Cooney believes there aren’t enough cafes in Brisbane’s CBD that are both high-quality and fun. That was the goal for Anytime, which he co-owns with Jack Wakefield and football player Scott Neville. Finding the hidden coffee shop is where the fun begins – there are two ways to get there. You can walk down a Mary Street laneway or enter through the back of men’s clothing store Urbbana, which fronts onto Edward Street. Whichever way you arrive, you’ll notice the venue is small – very small – with a tiny deck and a cosy white-walled room. Coffee Supreme’s Five Star Day is the house blend and baked goods come from Salisbury’s Sprout Artisan Bakery.

160 Mary Street, Brisbane

Mica

Shannon and Clare Kellam (Montrachet, King Street Bakery) opened all-day bistro, Mica, inside the brand new Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Precinct in April 2020. For breakfast, there’s pastis-and-citrus-cured Ora King salmon with whipped fromage blanc, a poached free-range egg, dill and sourdough; and a dish playfully named “Like Eggs Benedict, But Better” that features red-gum-smoked pork jowl, a toasted muffin, a free-range egg, and chardonnay-vinegar hollandaise. The food is helped down by Vittoria coffee, a selection of cold drinks and a wine list evenly split between French and Australian drops. The venue itself is a looker; a handsome green awning welcomes punters into a space detailed with brick, marble and ribbed glass.

Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Centre 194 Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead

Plentiful

This beautiful cafe on Park Terrace is testament to the power of good branding. Owners Kiara Naidoo and George de Bhal left the bones of the space (previously Park 7, an American-style diner) largely intact. But with the help of a local interior design firm, they’ve managed to completely transform its look and feel with an understated colour scheme of cream, turquoise and grey. In the kitchen, the menu elevates your standard Australian brunch with flashes of chef Dan Choi’s Korean heritage. There’s spicy grilled pork served with free-range eggs and a potato rosti; a pork belly salad; and Korean-style fried chicken with rice cakes and pickled daikon. Coffee is a Five Senses blend and rotating single origin for espresso, plus a daily filter brew.

2/7 Park Terrace, Graceville

Superthing

Superthing is a croissanterie, bakery and cafe in one by Eddy Tice and Ania Kutek. There’s croissants – béchamel-cheese and ham croissants, chocolate and hazelnut croissants, tiramisu twice-baked croissants – as well as almond danishes, zesty bitter-orange custard cruffins and vanilla custard morning buns. The treats are washed down with Padre coffee and a short selection of smoothies and other cold drinks. In May, head chef Andrew Cameron introduced a breakfast and lunch menu featuring poke-style toast with house-cured salmon, avocado, edamame and soy egg, and braised beef cheeks with truffle creamed polenta and heirloom carrots. The shop’s Montague Road space is a looker. The walls are pink. The leather booths are pink. Even the ceiling, with its snaking, exposed air conditioning, is pink.

215 Montague Road, West End

The Maillard Project

Adam Wang, the man behind Coffee Anthology, opened The Maillard Project in the CBD. It’s a place where you not only drink, but learn about coffee – how to roast it, how to brew it and how to serve it. Coffee enthusiasts can try their hand at roasting, practice on a third espresso machine or come in for cupping sessions. Still, The Maillard Project remains first and foremost a terrific coffee spot and classy cafe. It pours four espresso options and three filter options daily, all of them using coffee that’s roasted in-house. For food, there’s a potato rosti served with pork-and-fennel sausage, pickled radish and zucchini, and a pork-stock congee. Designed by West End’s Clui Design, it’s a slick, lab-like space built from pale timber, stone and glass.

119 Charlotte Street, Brisbane

Cups on Melbourne

Cups on Melbourne – the sequel to Salisbury favourite Cups and Wells – is an exciting addition to the South Brisbane coffee scene. It’s a small and simple shopfront: a few stools inside at the window, a pretty street-facing courtyard, and that’s about it. But the coffee, meticulously prepared, is some of the best in town. Add to that a food line-up of fancy jaffles and healthful bowls, and we can see this spot becoming just as much of a neighbourhood mainstay as its elder sibling.

187 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Paradise Cafe

Black-and-white checked floors, vintage shop knick-knacks and plenty of natural light give Paradise a laid-back feel that belies how much effort has gone into it. Coffee – espresso, cold brew or single-origin pour-over – is excellent across the board. The food menu is approachable and executed well. Brekkie burgers, French toast and smashed avo all feature – but we’re most excited about the pizza oven in the corner, which only gets fired up for the occasional event.

39 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley

Yolk

At Morning After in West End, owner Yianni Passaris found that one of the most popular dishes wasn’t even on the menu: an off-menu bacon and egg roll. Such was the demand for it that Passaris decided to put it front and centre at his next spot: Yolk. It’s a simple cafe with a focus on eggs, alongside other well-executed classics such as a fried-chicken burger and a steak and egg roll with chimichurri and American cheese. Drinks are also simple: espresso and filter coffee and fresh orange juice. It all comes in a minimal fit-out with custom-built furniture, curved bars, round tables and a simple palette of grey, white and beige.

76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead

Moonshine

One of Byron’s most celebrated roasters comes to the big smoke with a cute kiosk under a towering fig tree. This is the first Brisbane outpost for Moonshine, and it brings a much-needed coffee hub to Kangaroo Point.

98 Main Street, Kangaroo Point

Dovetail Social

This is the second venue from the Dovetail team. Here you'll find the original cafe's signature dishes, including baked eggs and gluten-free doughnuts. Plus there's a bigger focus on Filipino cuisine – we recommend going for the adobo bowl.

49 Laura Street, Highgate Hill

Wholly Crumpets

Come to this crumpet-centric cafe for Nutella, strawberry and toasted coconut crumpets; smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese crumpets; crumpet toasted sangas; and a one-kilogram crumpet loaf (did we mention the focus is crumpets?). Also, there’s Tim Adams coffee and Leaf tea.

140 Oxford Street, Bulimba