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Your New Lunch Hour Hotspots: The Best Cafés in Brisbane’s CBD

These are the best cafés in the Brisbane CBD that you need to know about, so you can take your lunch hour from drab to fab.

With a slew of newcomers to Brisbane's cafe scene and old-time favourites that never fail to delight, there's no denying that Brisbane has upped its cafe game in a big way. From healthy acai bowls to classic egg and bacon rolls, there are plenty of brunch hangouts and local coffee spots in and around Brisbane that will float your boat.

Brisbane’s central business district is known for its cocktail bars and fine dining, but there are plenty of lunch cafe options to make your day a little more delicious.

Ready to dine? Here is our edit of the best cafes in Brisbane CBD to kickstart your day.

Best Cafes Brisbane CBD - Inner City

John Mills Himself

John Mills Himself

Once you’ve finished poring over the hundreds of books in Archives, it might be time for a cup of something cosy. John Mills Himself is a little nook in the same heritage-listed building, named for the 1970s stationary and letterpress merchant who owned the building.

During the daytime, you can slip through a secret door and staircase, from the back of Archives into the cafe. We can’t get enough of this secret cafe in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, so make sure you visit soon to discover it for yourself!

Sitchu Tip: Everything on the menu here is sourced locally (or as close as possible) and ethically, to keep this café as green as possible.

​​​​40 Charlotte Street, Brisbane City

Bonsai Botanika (Image credit: Josephine Lim)

Bonsai Botanika

If you’re traipsing down Elizabeth Street on a shopping spree, or on your morning commute to the office, you might just happen upon Bonsai Botanika. This cute, cosy, multi-level Brisbane CBD cafe offers Japanese staples such as sushi, gyoza and katsu rolls, along with a varied menu of ramen and steak.

This cute, inner-city cafe is also a wonderful place to stop by for an expertly brewed coffee or tea. Take your wam bevvie upstairs with a book or a laptop, and enjoy the ambience.

109 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Coffee Anthology

Coffee Anthology

Tucked away in a laneway off Charlotte Street, Coffee Anthology pumps out piping hot (or icy cold) cups of energy to city slickers. Their ever-changing beans mean that you get to try amazing coffee beans from all over and discover your new favourite blend.  Serving sugar-frosted sweet treats, crumbly cookies, flaky pastries and savoury sandwiches, this warm and friendly coffee shop is a must-try Brisbane CBD cafe.

155 Charlotte Street, Brisbane City

Industry Beans

Industry Beans

The in-house roasted coffee beans alone have earned Industry Beans a spot on our round-up of the best cafes in Brisbane but trust us, there's much more to this sleek café than just coffee. The pro-level Melbourne coffee roasting team have descended on Brisbane’s keen coffee scene with a menu of modern Australian favourites and coffee served in every way imaginable.

Pop by for a coffee and see what all the fuss is about.

6/243 Edward Street, Brisbane

Nodo Donuts

Nodo Donuts

Baked goods you can feel good about! Nodo Donuts combines artisanal baking methods with healthy gluten-free ingredients to create guilt-free and wholesome food (now, that's what we're talking about!). Renowned for their ‘baked not fried’ donuts, their cafe follows their food philosophy and embraces ‘the nodo way’ with fresh, gluten-free and seasonal ingredients being the core of their dishes.

Visit their ‘grab & go’ style cafe on Elizabeth Street for a fresh offering of baked goods, nourishing salad and veggie bowls, and easy lunch eats to enjoy.

300 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Lait Noir

Lait Noir

A Parisian-inspired cafe has landed in the Brisbane CBD. Escape the thoroughfare of the busy Brisbane streets and watch the hustle and bustle from the sanctuary of this luxurious and airy cafe. With high ceilings and a white marble countertop, the elevated air of this CBD cafe speaks of effortless style.

Pouring Toby’s Estate brews and serving hot savouries like beef bourguignon pies and classic sweets like croissants and raspberry almond and coconut tarts. Opt for a burger and fried or ragout pasta if you're keen on a heartier lunch.

2/144 Edward Street, Brisbane City

The Maillard Project

The Maillard Project

If you’re searching for the best cafe in the Brisbane CBD for a great cup of coffee, pop The Maillard Project on your list. Not only are they a cafe, but they also roast their own beans and teach javaphiles and hopeful baristas the way of the coffee machine.

In a laboratory-chic setting created by Clui Design, light stone, wood and glass form the decor. Serving espresso from two stations at a low-set island in the centre, The Maillard Project excel in reimagining coffee and highlighting the new techniques and offerings they bring to the Brisbane cafe community.

119 Charlotte Street, Brisbane City

Felix For Goodness

Felix For Goodness

Easily one of the worst-kept secrets in the city, Felix For Goodness is one of the best cafes in the Brisbane CBD for breakfast, lunch and after-work drinks. Once upon a time, this building was an old record storage room, but it’s been brought back to life to serve top-tier organic coffee, nutritious juices and even organic wines in the evening.

On the menu, you’ll find all-day brunch meals that have an elevated homestyle feel, and there are plenty of sides to beef up your dish or share with your friends. Explore their range of take-home pickles, relishes, soups and sauces, to keep the fresh and flavourful vibes rolling all the way home.

50 Burnett Lane, Brisbane City



If you can’t cope without a daily cup of joe (or three), head to Cubic. One of Brisbane’s best cafes in the CBD for a consistently good cup of coffee, this little pitstop in the legal precinct serves us specialty roasts and the most delicious house blend. Chosen for its ability to cut through milk, this syrupy and round blend has distinct flavours of dark chocolate and caramel. If you’re feeling a little extra, opt for the house blend in Nitro form.

An odourless, colourless gas is used to give Cubic’s Nitro coffee a creamy and thick texture that will have you hooked in no time! To curb your hunger pangs, enjoy housemade delights like New York cheesecake, gluten-free chocolate brownies or orange cake.

Shop 2/420 George Street, Brisbane City

Ricochet Espresso

Ricochet Espresso

Ricochet was named from a tale of impatience. Regular market-goer and founder of Ricochet, DJ Urozgani, tired of waiting twenty minutes for his morning energy boost, so took over management of his favourite coffee stall, soon reducing the wait time to 2.5 minutes! Quickly earning a reputation as one of the best cafes in Brisbane for quick, quality coffee, he set up shop in the busiest and most time-poor location of all… the Brisbane CBD.

Step into the Espresso Bar on Edward Street to sample their Artillery blend that has been honed and refined to a perfectly roasted flavour sensation. Hurry in to get your Ricochet Coffee, but sip slowly and savour your brew.

276 Edward Street, Brisbane CBD

Best Cafes Brisbane CBD - City Fringe Suburbs

King Arthur Cafe

King Arthur Cafe

King Arthur Cafe has a strong reputation as one of Brisbane’s best cafes. Housed in a World War II army hangar (as a surprising number of venues in this area are) in the Valley, this two-story cafe is a popular meeting place for weekend shoppers, weekday workers or any Brisbane local chasing a delicious coffee and a simple yet inspired menu. Brunch on a sourdough crumpet with rhubarb and honeycomb crumble, or visit after 11am for lunch and enjoy heartier dishes like tarragon gnocchi.

Sitchu Tip: This cafe is also pet-friendly, with pups welcome to join you on the lower level as you get your caffeine fix.

164C Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley

Joedy's Cafe

Joedy's Cafe

Light-filled and fresh with pops of greenery all around, Joedy's is the perfect spot to ease into your day. Having expanded to three locations, Joedy’s is building quite the empire, but we adore their New Farm location for its proximity to the Riverwalk and New Farm Park.

This wholesome café is all about incorporating locally sourced and sustainably farmed produce into its menu. From the Barramundi tacos to the souffle pancakes, you can be sure that the ingredients used are some of the best in the region - this alone makes Joedy's one of the best cafes in Brisbane.

2/938 Brunswick Street, New Farm

Morning After

Morning After

This light-filled café is located smack bang in the middle of Brisbane's West End and has been making tastebuds and bellies happy for some time. Morning After puts a modern twist on classic brunch food and plates up creative and flavourful dishes for the morning, as well as ‘after’.

You can’t beat their MaMuffin for a morning carb load, with wagyu & pork sausage, scrambled egg, double cheese, hot smokey BBQ sauce and a hash brown stacked on a steamed English muffin. Aesthetically pleasing and palate-gratifying, Morning After is high on our list of the best cafes in Brisbane.

Corner of Vulture & Cambridge Street, West End

Halo Ground

Halo Ground

It didn't take long for Halo Ground to become one of the best cafes in Brisbane, not only for its sleek interiors but for its all-inclusive menu. As well as plant-based menu items, Halo Grounds has options for vegetarians, pescatarians and people who are gluten or dairy-free.

Every plate that this cafe dishes up looks like a literal piece of art, from the mouth-watering omurice bowls to the humble crumble hotcake. If you’re ready to switch up your regular and try something incredible, head to Halo Ground for your next brekkie or brunch date, you won’t be disappointed!

100 Brookes Street, Fortitude Valley

Now that you’ve explored the best cafes in Brisbane’s CBD and beyond… it’s time to start thing about dinner. That’s right, we’re always planning our next meal! These restaurants in the Brisbane CBD make for the perfect date night or try a romantic wine bar for the dreamiest night out.

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