When your craving for smashed avocado or corn fritters just won’t go away, check out our pick of the best breakfasts in Brisbane.
Its former life as a corner store is very much evident at Billykart Kitchen, where celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue shares his laid-back style and love of local produce on a menu with many heroes. Try the Liege Belgian waffles with blueberries, malted caramel and crème fraiche.
1 Eric Crescent, Annerley
Better known as a restaurant and bar, Gerard’s is open for breakfast on the weekends and the Middle Eastern theme is as evident here as it is at dinner. Baghdad eggs are fried in cumin, garlic, mint and lemon, then served on flatbread with tahini yoghurt.
Gerard’s Lane, 14/15 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Artie & Mai
You don’t have to get up early to enjoy the all-day breakfast at the hip Artie & Mai, housed in a heritage-listed building. Classic choices include Artie’s bacon and egg roll with chilli jam, and homemade fruit and nut toasted muesli.
340 Sandgate Road, Albion
The coffee is good, we all know that, but so is the food. Campos' Coffee flagship café shares a space with the roastery and the menu changes monthly. If you’re hungry, order the Campos Fry Up, with mushrooms, haloumi, hash brown, tomato, bacon, sausage, eggs and sourdough.
11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley
The Jetty Oxford
Catch the ferry to this contemporary and stylish café with a stunning waterfront location. Watch the morning business on the Brisbane River and enjoy a potato herb cake with poached egg, flaked smoked ocean trout, creamed corn, sweet pickles and chive sour cream.
1b Oxford Street, Bulimba
Nantucket Charcoal Kitchen & Bar
A subtle take on the ‘concept restaurant’, Nantucket Charcoal Kitchen & Bar draws inspiration from the seafood shacks and ocean beaches of far north-east America’s Cape Cod. Leave room for a vanilla panna cotta with apricot jelly, poached peaches and granola.
Shop MM5, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Station Road, Indooroopilly
The size of this cafe that spills out onto the pavement means you have to get here early if you don’t want to wait. They smash the peas here, as well as the avocado, and serve them with speck bacon and herb-fried egg, or pomegranate and grilled haloumi. The Hair of the Dog selection is also useful in emergencies.
893 Brunswick Street, New Farm
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The flavours of the Middle East come to Paddington at Shouk Cafe, so if you feel you’re approaching capacity on bacon and eggs, this is the place for you. Say ‘Shakshuka’ to Tunisian-style eggs baked in a rich sauce of tomato, capsicum and spices, served with toasted challah and olives.
14 Collingwood Street, Paddington
A beautiful garden setting within the Brookfield Garden Centre gives Wild Canary the edge on aesthetics but it’s the food that keeps people coming back. The Gardeners Breakfast combines ham, fresh figs, debrecener sausage, mushrooms, grilled haloumi, poached eggs and sourdough toast.
2371 Moggill Road, Brookfield
Part grocer, part café, Sourced Grocer is an opiate for foodies who can browse the fresh produce of the cold room while they wait for breakfast to be served. Recommended: the cabbage pancakes with soft eggs, goat-cheese dressing, crispy Brussels sprout leaves and chives.
11 Florence Street, Teneriffe
Tucked neatly into Woolloongabba’s heritage antique district, this pretty place blends in with its old-world charm and lovely terrace out front. Four-minute eggs come with rye soldiers and Yarra Valley caviar.
28 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
Paprika and the chef both hail from Hungary and while there’s a nod to this on the menu, it’s not all goulash for breakfast. There’s nothing like an organic black quinoa porridge with almond milk, coconut, Greek yoghurt, berries, Manuka honey, pear and toasted seeds on a cool morning.
65 Macgregor Terrace, Bardon
The superb coffee and on-site bakery have made Double Shot a favourite with locals and word has spread. Its inauspicious location makes it something of a destination for those ready to sample the headlining flaky pastry tart with scrambled eggs, tomato and bacon or smoked salmon.
125 Oxlade Drive, New Farm
Top image: Artie & Mai
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