Start the morning right at these Brisbane cafes and bakeries
Breakfast, brunch and baked goods are three things Brisbane does exceptionally well. From quaint little corner bakeries to trendy suburban cafes and modern patisseries pushing the boundaries of culinary creativity, Brisbane has it all.
Whether a sweet tooth or savoury treat lover, there is something for everyone on our roundup of the best bakeries and cafes in Brisbane.
Start your day on a high note at Mews: a welcoming breakfast and brunch destination in Howard Smith Wharves. Enjoy a mouth-watering, produce-driven menu that changes with the seasons, all in a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere.
Their culinary artistry shines through dishes like the Apple Crumble French Toast, a harmonious blend of poached apples, brioche crumb, salted caramel, candied pecans, and crème fraiche. The Mushroom and Gruyere Omelette offers a savory symphony with Sunshine Coast mushrooms, shallots, gruyere, and a watercress salad adorned with pickled relishes. For those with a sweet tooth, the Coffee and Hazelnut Hotcakes feature a luxurious, silky chocolate sauce, hazelnut praline, caramelised fig, and coffee mascarpone. Or for the ultimate indulgence, opt in for the Moreton Bay Bug Benedict, celebrating free-range eggs, bacon and English muffins.
Decadent Coffee and Hazelnut Hotcakes at Mews
Located in Windsor, just north of Fortitude Valley, Bear Boy Espresso is the perfect spot for a leisurely brunch in the burbs. This Brisbane cafe is minimalist in design, with a Scandinavian feel, warm timbers and plenty of plants.
The all-day menu offers a mouth-watering array of brunch options, including their Boy Breakfast Burger, Chilli Scrambled Eggs, Chicken and Waffles, and Big Bear Benny made with a potato hash waffle, poached eggs and homemade hollandaise. For quick bites, the Brisbane cafe also serves up a selection of bakery favourites, including classic almond croissants, carrot muffin logs and house-made quiches. Brisbane brunch is never complete without a cosy latte, flat white or piccolo made with Therefore Coffee Roasters 'Honeypot' coffee.
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Lune Croissanterie, located in South Brisbane and Brisbane CBD, is a next-level French bakery where the croissant reigns supreme. Lune’s far-from-ordinary pastries are always in high demand, with a menu featuring classic croissants prepared over three days, pain au chocolat, morning buns and the crowd-pleasing Kouign Amann— a traditional Bretagne pastry laminated with sugar and baked in a mould lined with sugar, salt and butter, until caramelised.
While the classic croissant is always a favourite, Lune’s house-made lemon curd cruffins and twice-baked Croissant aux Amandes, made with almond frangipane and garnished with an abundance of flaked almonds, offer a couple more reasons to wait in line at one of Brisbane’s best bakeries.
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Set within an old weatherboard cottage, Gramps Cafe in Red Hill has all the makings of the perfect Brisbane breakfast spot. Outside are a couple of tables ideal for people watching over your morning coffee, while inside, the decor is minimal yet cosy with timber tables and old-school armchairs.
The cool corner cafe serves an all-day menu of classics like avo on toast and buttery sourdough with poached eggs and herbed labna. Other top Brisbane breakfast picks include Vegan Brekkie Tacos, Granny’s Granola Bowl, Gooey Cheese and Ham Toasties or Kimchi Folded Eggs with Asian-style slaw, pickled apple and BBQ sauce. Gramps Cafe also offers a selection of freshly baked cakes, cold press juices, regular and vegan milkshakes and KillerBee by Single O coffee. It's hard to say no to one of the best cafes in Brisbane.
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The Bakeologists, located in New Farm, takes the quintessential Brisbane bakery to new heights with a range of handcrafted artisan bread, homemade pies and pastries, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh-brewed barista coffee.
It’s easy to understand why The Bakeologists is widely known as one of the best bakeries and sandwich shops in Brisbane, with a menu featuring options like The Davey made with poached chicken, spinach, salami, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, homemade chilli sauce and cheese all on a freshly baked panini. The New Yorker is a must for meat lovers, with shredded corn beef, mustard mayo, Swiss cheese, and gherkin relish on a malted barley pane Italiano. But that’s not all; The Bakeologists offer an array of baked goods with cinnamon scrolls, almond croissants, sugar-dusted or jam-filled doughnuts and classic Victoria sponge with jam and cream filling.
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Flour and Chocolate
With two locations in Morningside and Northgate, Flour and Chocolate helps ensure locals have easy access to some of the finest baked goods in town. The cafe/patisserie serves up sweet and savoury treats, including classic croissants, danishes, doughnuts, profiteroles, brownies with blondies with a range of speciality sourdoughs and artisan bread—baked fresh every day.
This Brisbane cafe is just the spot, whether grabbing a flaky croissant on the go or sitting down for a relaxing bite, with a lunch menu of fresh sandwiches, focaccia, pork and fennel sausage rolls, handmade quiches and croque monsieurs made with croissants packed with an array of fillings and topped with cheese.
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