Brisbane’s Best New Cafes To Try ASAP
Looking for the best breakfast in Brisbane? You’ve found our guide to the best new cafes to start your morning the right way, every day.
When it comes to weekend rituals, nothing beats a brekkie date on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Come rain or shine, these Brisbane cafés are serving up some of the most delicious and inventive breakfast and brunch fare. If you’re feeling a little tired of your regular, or you just have a craving for something new, scour our list of the best new cafes in Brisbane that are shaking up the brekkie, brunch and lunch scene.
Whether you’re headed out for your regular date or are catching up with friends you haven’t seen in a while, you can set the scene just right by picking the perfect venue. To help you decide where you’ll be heading this weekend, here’s our edit of the best new cafes in Brisbane.
A Cafe Called Kevin
From the fiery ruins of the Taj Mahal restaurant on Brunswick Street emerges Kevin, a fresh new face on the Brisbane cafe scene. The Heritage-listed cottage has been given a brand new lease on life (and a glorious makeover). Enter the premises through a charming white picket fence that corrals an outdoor dining deck. Inside, you’ll find leafy green decor and warm natural hues.
Kevin’s food is as fresh as its facelift, with a garden-to-plate philosophy that sees vibrant produce and tasteful touches to each dish. Kevin is becoming the best new cafe in Brisbane to visit for weekend brunch, so be sure to pop by and see what all the fuss is about.
726 Brunswick Street, New Farm
CBD workers, rejoice! The dynamic duo behind popular brekkie hotspot Marco Polo have opened up a second venue on George Street. Georgio’s Cafe is a fun, fresh and playful cafe serving Bear Bones specialty coffee, melt-in-your-mouth housemade pastries and a selection of fresh salads, piadinas, deli sandwiches, nourish bowls and more that are perfect to grab on your morning trek to the office.
If you need to grab something sweet to get you through the day, you’ll also find Doughluxe doughnuts or Wholly crumpets drizzled with local honey.
300 George Street, Brisbane
Injecting the streets of Coorparoo with a well-needed hit of caffeine in late 2023, Straits is one of Brisbane’s best new cafes for a quality drop. Regularly rotating the beans on brew as well as the records spinning in the background, Straits is the coffee shop for anyone seeking top-notch coffee and relaxed vibes.
Tucked into a cosy corner on a quiet street in Coorparoo beside a hair salon, step into this warm-toned coffee nook and you’ll be greeted by friendly owner Brendo and a soundtrack of tunes from the likes of Earth Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra and of course, The Straits, you’ll love popping by for slow weekend sips or coffee catch ups with your besties.
Sitchu Tip: Stay tuned for fun collaborations and events in 2024!
82 Leicester Street, Coorparoo
The juice shop of your dreams has opened up in California Lane! In August this year, Pressi owner Tessa took her love affair with cold-pressed juice from her home, into the heart of Fortitude Valley.
What began as a fun project making juice for her friends, has become a full-scale juice dealing operation, offering local office workers and weekend warriors a fresh, fruity way to start their day. Making juices fresh in-house along with tasty tiger rolls and toasties, this cosy nook of a café is the perfect place to stop in and soak up some sunshine and nutrients on your lunch break.
22 McLachlan Street, Shop/1 California Lane, Fortitude Valley
James and Antler
James and Antler’s new kiosk is James Street’s hottest new addition, dishing up their top-performing menu items in a casual grab-and-go format that makes getting a delicious brunch even easier. What is this best-selling brunch masterpiece, we hear you ask?
This new venue’s claim to fame is a staple from their flagship cafe Mitch and Antler: the Croque Madame. It's a sourdough toastie layered with smoked ham, two types of cheese and mustard leek cream, topped with the sunniest free-range fried egg you’ve ever seen. We’re also very taken with their canned coffee frappés, which are whipped and canned on the spot for your convenience!
18/65 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Bringing an attitude of old-fashioned service with modern sensibilities, Joe’s Deli is the best new cafe to hit for a proper sandwich, tasty deli goods, fresh cold cuts and excellent service. After their first successful year on the Gold Coast, the Joe’s Deli crew brought their deli-style eats to Albert Street in 2023.
We love the NYC-inspired eats, ranging from meatball subs, wagyu pastrami hoagies and sloppy joes. There are even vegan options on the menu (meatball subs included!) which are well worth your while if you’re hunting down plant-based eats.
123 Albert Street, Brisbane City
Illusion By No. 5
Step into an optical illusion on your next cafe adventure at Illusion by No. 5, a brand-new Brisbane cafe that is taking Instagram by storm. The entire cafe has a 2D aesthetic that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into someone’s notepad and they’re serving up dishes and drinks that are larger than life. Or, at least that's how they'll look in this 2D effect dining destination. Dine on the all-day brunch menu or just pop by for a coffee, smoothie or a glass of wine at this fun new cafe - open seven days a week!
713 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane’s Portside has a brand-new, dreamy destination to visit for your morning pastry and caffeine hit every weekend. After seeing wild success at their Sanctuary Cove location, Rise has finally arrived in Brisbane!
Pouring a selection of teas and an arabica speciality coffee bean, with subtle aromas of cocoa, hazelnut and caramelised orange, your morning cuppa is more than catered for. Feeling like something a little more… sparkly? Pair your croissant with a glass of champagne! With windows full of French-inspired pastries of sweet and savoury varieties, you’re bound to be in heaven when you step across the threshold of this glowing new café in Brisbane.
Shop 7.01F/39 Hercules Street, Hamilton
A long-time favourite of Sydney-siders has landed in the river city! One of the best new cafes to open in Brisbane this year is Single O, a group of coffee connoisseurs whose passion for sourcing, sampling, cupping, roasting, measuring (and the list goes on) resulted in a handful of wildly popular cafes in Sydney and Tokyo.
Now the eco-conscious caffeine addicts have spread their beans to Brisbane and we’re oh-so-happy they’re here! They’ve brought their iconic batch brew taps, banana bread with espresso butter and their chicken toastie. Head towards the building with the grinder swirl mural across its facade for an incredible coffee and a delicious breakfast.
16 Austin Street, Newstead
A Brisbane breakfast spot so popular that the locations keep multiplying... Nodo Donuts has been keeping Brisbane tummies and tastebuds in very good spirits since 2014 when owner Kate Williams decided to share the joy of gluten-free baked donuts with us all. Every dish served at Nodo is gluten-free, many are (or can be made) dairy-free or even vegan. The newest location at Everton Park has just opened, making Northsiders that little more spoiled for choice when it comes to hunting fown the best new cafes in Brisbane.
No matter whether you opt for a sweet or savoury plate, it’s never frowned upon to dine on a donut for breakfast at Nodo. The team have opened several new cafés around Brisbane lately, so no matter where you go, you can get your Nodo fix!