The Brisbane breakfast bucket list


Forget dieting, giving up the wine and joining the gym, our New Year’s resolution is to tick off the best breakfast in Brisbane. 52 weeks in the year equals 52 chances to head out for Sunday brunch (we’ve already started – better catch up!) so we’ve rounded up our favourite Brisbane breakfast spots you should tick off this year. In no particular order (how could we choose between them?), here are the best breakfasts in Brisbane!

  1. Pablo | New Farm | Smashed peas. If this green goodness with zucchini, feta, mint, sticky bacon, caraway and onion rye toast and a herbed fried egg ever leaves the menu, we might just cry.
  2. Kettle & Tin | Paddington | Blueberry pancakes. Fluffy, blueberry  loaded pancakes with mango puree and frozen yoghurt. A fruit-filled breakfast has never looked so good!
  3. Plum Tucker | Red Hill | Avo on toast. Not just any avo toast, avo on toast with strawberries (strawberries!), honey ricotta and pistachios. Definitely better than avo and toast at home.
  4. Shouk | Paddington | Latke stack. Forget pancakes, you want potato latkes stacked with cream cheese, poached eggs, bacon (or halloumi!) and pickled red onion.
  5. The Gunshop Café | West End | Potato and feta hash cakes. One of The Gunshop’s classics, these fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside hash cakes are topped with herbed sour cream, baby spinach and fresh tomatoes.
  6. Riverbar and Kitchen | CBD | Shared breakfast. Finally, someone has figured out that share plates shouldn’t be limited to lunch and dinner. Grab a few friends and take ‘em out for a brekky feast!
  7. Lostboys | Fortitude Valley | Vegan waffles. Organic and vegan brunching at a carbon neutral café – save the world before lunch!
  8. Sassafras | Paddington | Ricotta hot cakes. Crunchy honeycomb butter atop the fluffiest hot cakes you’ll ever eat.
  9. Smoked Paprika | Bardon | Smoked Paprika breakfast. Spicy beef on top of Turkish bread with poached eggs, hollandaise and plenty of halloumi.
  10. Wilde Kitchen | Teneriffe | Protein pancakes. With a weekly special that usually has a licking our screens, you’ll find it hard to believe they’re guilt free.
  11. Coco Bliss | Various locations | Cherry ripe acai bowl. Dessert for breakfast again – only this time it’s nutritious and guilt free!
  12. Cowch | South Bank | Banana brekky split. Dessert for breakfast. Enough said.
  13. The Chelsea Bistro | Paddington | Poached eggs with smoked bacon, carrot jam, potato hash and feta. Everything you need on a Sunday morning.
  14. Seven South | Yeronga | Hotcakes. The fluffiest blueberry stuffed hotcake you’ll ever eat, topped with a stunning sprinkle of edible flowers.
  15. Nantucket | Indooroopilly |NKB* big breakfast. With double smoked bacon, potato cakes, sausage, tomato, mushrooms and toasted ciabatta, all it needs is a mimosa on the side.
  16. Mondo Organics | West End | Zucchini, fetta and herb fritters. Topped with poached eggs, sprout salad and turmeric labneh, they’re a delicious way to fritter away a morning. brisbane breakfast hash
  17. Artie & Mai | Albion | Spring onion and feta hash cakes. Mai oh mai, it’s good.
  18. 85 Miskin St | Toowong | Breakfast degustation. Five courses of epic breakfast deliciousness that will not disappoint. We certainly can’t let our tastebuds pass up a five course breakfast feast.
  19. Bitter Suite | New Farm | Big Daddy. Eggs, honey bacon, pork and veal terrine, crumbed black pudding and so much goodness packed onto one plate that we can’t even list it all.
  20. Lady Marmalade | Stones Corner | Waffles. No, not just any waffles. These savoury waffles are served with creamed  corn, chorizo, feta, roast tomato and chimmi churri.
  21. Southside Tea Room | Morningside | Hungry Hippie. Sprouts for breakfast might not be everyone’s cup of tea but pair ‘em with avo, cheddar, eggs and mayo on grainy sourdough and we’ll jump on the hippy bandwagon.
  22. Deedot Coffee House | Holland Park West | Stacks On!! Those exclamation marks are deserved for this stack of Turkish bread, avo, crisp bacon, eggs, haloumi, cherry tomatoes and balsamic glaze!
  23. The Little Larder | New Farm | Crispy polenta. Step away from Turkish bread for once and try mushroom and parmesan polenta topped with roast pumpkin, broccolini, poached eggs and spicy chilli jam instead.
  24. Pearl Café | Woolloongabba | Crepes. If it’s a sweet breakfast you’re feeling you can’t go past the crepes with mulberries, raspberries, pepe saya mascarpone and thyme.
  25. The Rare Pear | Holland Park | Pulled pork roll. The delicious craze that is pulled pork is still going strong in this mighty roll with BBQ sauce, fried egg, haloumi, bacon, coleslaw, corn salsa and chipotle aioli.
  26. Place of Stones | Taringa | Brekky roast. Who says you can’t have roast for breakfast? We say you can when there’s roasted lamb shoulder with bubble and squeak and onion gravy involved!
  27. The Corner Store Café | Toowong | Belgian waffles. Topped with maple and pumpkin puree with crispy bacon, cinnamon ice cream and pie crust, they make having pie for breakfast totally acceptable.
  28. Little Clive | Annerley | Brioche French toast. Got a serious sweet tooth when it comes to brunch? French toast with raspberry cream and caramelised banana will sort you out.
  29. Wild Canary | Brookfield | Smoked salmon. A gorgeous looking plate of smoked Tasmanian salmon, asparagus, zucchini, blistered cherry tomatoes, soft poached eggs and puffed wild rice. All from local producers and scrumptious to boot!
  30. Café O-Mai | Annerley | Breakfast pho. A traditional Vietnamese street breakfast, this comforting, spicy soup is packed with rice noodles, bean sprouts, basil and lemon. And served right up until 2pm if you can’t handle it too early in the morning.
  31. Willow & Spoon | Wilston | Oscar. For something a little different, tuck into cripsy jamon and asiago croquettes with semi-dried tomato pesto, kale mayo, sautéed spinach and a poached egg.
  32. The Roastery Cafe | South Brisbane | Baked eggs. Despite how much you want to, you will not be able to finish this generous breakfast. You have been warned.
  33. Scout | Paddington | Bircher muesli. Be good and enjoy it with a bowl of oat, chia and pepita bircher muesli made on coconut milk and topped with blueberries, pear, pistachios and honey.
  34. Dandelion & Driftwood | Hendra | Mrs mince. Savoury mince with peas, corn, carrot and spring onions with thick sauce and sourdough. Veggies never tasted so good.
  35. Goodness Gracious Café | Graceville | Beetroot and haloumi. Proof that haloumi makes everything delicious, it turns candied beetroot, chilli quinoa and herbed eggs into something amazing.
  36. Little Sista Café | Coorparoo | Peanut butter French toast. What’s not to love about French toast with choc peanut butter sauce, peanut and coconut brioche crumb, vanilla ice cream AND bacon?Morning After brisbane cafes
  37. Morning After | West End | Carbonara. They may have offended all Italians, but the cheesy carbonar with 63 degree eggs and field mushrooms is our idea of breakfast heavan.
  38. Campos | Fortitude Valley | Seasonal. Changing every month, Campos’ seasonal breakfasts will have you coming back every month to try something new.
  39. Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen | West End | Bliss Bowl. Find your bliss with a healthy start of seasonal roasted vegetables, quinoa, soft ‘n’ gooey eggs, house made pesto and parmesan.
  40. Billy Kart Kitchen | Annerley | Smoked pork hash. A little bit exotic, a whole lot filling, this plate comes with avocado, tahini, yoghurt, green harissa and poached eggs.
  41. Statler & Waldorf | Paddington | Salt baked salmon. Yep, you read right, Statler & Waldorf do breakfast. Their salt baked salmon with zucchini fritters (and a bloody mary) is worth getting up for.
  42. Kitchen Sanitarium | CBD | Kitchen baked beans. Protein of the vegetarian world, Kitchen’s rich beans with poached eggs, grilled haloumi, asparagus and sourdough will get any day off to a good start.
  43. Fuzzy Duck | Kedron | Zucchini and bacon waffles. With zucchini and bacon waffles stacked with herb sour cream, hot sauce and pickled cucumber salsa, we didn’t think life could get any better… until they added crispy fried chicken.
  44. Bungalow 4171 | Hawthorne | Breakfast pizza. A far cry from the box of cold leftovers your fridge, this pizza is hot, topped with spinach, roasted tomato relish, bacon, fried egg, chorizo and cheese and the best thing for sore heads on a Sunday morning.
  45. The Paleo Café | Paddington| Pulled pork tortillas. How can something so tasty be good for us? We’ll never know, but we’ll be content scoffing down saucy pork served on paleo tortillas with red cabbage.
  46. Shady Palms | Greenslopes | Savoury pancakes. We didn’t think savoury pancakes could work until we tried this kimchi, pulled pork, pumpkin and date relish version. Turns out they do.
  47. Plenty | West End | Seasonal. There’s plenty to choose from on the ever changing Plenty menu, but it’s usually the French toast offering that wins our hearts.
  48. Irving Place | CBD | Farmer’s breakfast. Where do you go when you want everything for breakfast? Irving Pl. for a pile of bacon, chorizo, eggs, avocado and veggies on sourdough.
  49. Gerard’s Bistro | Fortitude Valley | Bacon and eggs with a difference. We’re talking 62 degree duck eggs and smoked bacon mousse. Oh yeah.

Are 52 of the best breakfasts in Brisbane enough reasons to ditch your morning Weetbix for the year? We think so. Did we miss your fave breakfast spot? Let us know via email at [email protected] we can include them in the next round!

Words by Ranyhyn Akui