The Brisbane breakfast bucket list

Forget sky diving, climbing Everest and learning another language – our bucket list involves eating our way through every single breakfast Brisbane has to offer. We know it’s a lost cause, with all those seasonal menu changes and delicious new cafes opening every second weekend, but that’s not going to stop us giving it a red hot go. After all, what are Sundays for?

So after sampling more than we’d care to admit, we’ve rounded up our favourite Brisbane breakfast spots you should tick off, one for every Sunday of the year. In no particular order (how could we choose between them?), here are the best breakfasts in Brisbane!

  1. The Roastery Cafe | South Brisbane | Eggs Benedict.  You can never go past a classic eggs benny done to perfection, especially not The Roastery’s epic version!
  2. Darling & Co. | Paddington | Spanner crab omelette. Throw a spanner into your usual breakfast routine with this twist on the classic omelette, topped with green papaya, coriander and chilli.
  3. Arthur’s Green | Red Hill | Spring onion & feta hash cakes. Hash it out at Arthur’s Green with spring onion and feta hash cakes with plenty of bacon.
  4. Wild Canary | Brookfield | Gardener’s breakfast. Feast on a generous plate of locally sourced ham, avocado salsa, sausage, mushrooms, grilled haloumi, poached eggs and relish on sourdough toast.
  5. Artie & Mai | Albion | Banana French toast. French toast is an indisputable breakfast classic, add salted caramel, tomato jam and candied bacon ice cream and it only gets better!
  6. NKB Express | Indooroopilly | Waffles. Whether you like them sweet or you like them savoury, NKB has the waffles, pilled high with your choice of toppings, for you.
  7. Pearl Café | Woolloongabba | Seasonal choice. Peal Café has a menu that really does change as often as Brisbane’s weather but with an award for Brisbane’s best café under their belt, you’re sure to find something to start the perfect morning!
  8. Windsor Larder | Windsor | Coconut panna cotta. They might be relatively new to the breakfast scene, but this quirky north side café has already got quite the following over delicious but nutritious dishes like their Instagram-worthy coco-nutty granola with coconut panna cotta!
  9. 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.
  10. Plum Tucker | Red Hill | Avo on toast. But not just any avo on toast – here you can get it with chocolate spread and strawberries, or pumpkin and haloumi!
  11. Shouk | Paddington | Latke stack. Forget pancakes, you want potato latkes stacked with cream cheese, poached eggs, bacon (or halloumi!) and pickled red onion.
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  12. Seven South | Yeronga | Hotcakes. The fluffiest blueberry stuffed hotcake you’ll ever eat, topped with a stunning sprinkle of edible flowers.
  13. Sassafras | Paddington | Ricotta hot cakes. Crunchy honeycomb butter atop the fluffiest hot cakes you’ll ever eat.
  14. Smoked Paprika | Bardon | Smoked Paprika breakfast. Spice up your morning with spicy beef on Turkish with poached eggs, hollandaise and plenty of haloumi.
  15. Lady Marmalade | Stones Corner | Savoury waffles. No, not just any waffles. These savoury waffles are served with creamed corn, chorizo, feta, roast tomato and chimmichurri.
  16. Deedot Coffee House | Holland Park West | The Identity Crisis. Can’t decide what you want for breakfast? Don’t choose – just get Deedot’s duo of porridge with avo on toast and a poached egg!
  17. The Corner Store Café | Toowong | Spiced waffles. Topped with Middle Eastern fruit pudding, baklava ice cream, pomegranate syrup and Pistachio fairy floss, these babies have feeling exotic.
  18. Little Clive | Annerley | Waffles. Got a serious sweet tooth when it comes to brunch? Little Clive change their waffles monthly, so you’ll always find something new, sweet and exciting to waffle on about!
  19. 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.
  20. Willow & Spoon | Wilston | Sylvester. Who can say no to pork belly for breakfast? Willow & Spoon are dishing up their braised pork belly with fennel succotash, salted pear and a fried egg
  21. Goodness Gracious Café | Graceville | Beef baked eggs. You’ll want to book in a special date for these baked eggs with a beef and pistachio brick pastry, cavlo nero baked eggs, ricotta and braised dates.
  22. Morning After | West End | Carbonara. They may have offended all Italians, but the cheesy carbonara with 63 degree eggs and field mushrooms is our idea of breakfast heaven.
  23. Campos | Fortitude Valley | Seasonal choice. Changing every month, Campos’ seasonal breakfasts will have you coming back every month to try something new.
  24. Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen | West End | Nourish bowl. Find your bliss with a healthy start of seasonal roasted vegetables, lentils, soft ‘n’ gooey eggs, cashew pesto and parmesan.brisbane breakfasts decadent elixir
  25. Elixir Café | Stafford | Bounty pancakes. Chocolate for breakfast has never tasted better than this pancake stack topped with house made Nutella ganache, toasted coconut crumble and ice cream.
  26. Billy Kart Kitchen | West End | Aussie Asian eggs. A little bit exotic, a whole lot filling, this plate comes with tiger prawn, bacon, deep fried egg, oyster sauce, chilli, and shizu cress.
  27. 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.
  28. Gerard’s Bistro | Fortitude Valley | Bacon and eggs with a difference. We’re talking 62 degree duck eggs and smoked bacon mousse. Oh yeah.
  29. Jam Pantry | Greenslopes | Seasonal. The menu at the Jam Pantry changes but you’ll always find breakfast classic like French toast and omelettes filling out a menu of homemade sweet and savoury goodies.
  30. Locavore | Woolloongabba | Golden Gaytime hotcake. Have a gay time with hotcakes piled with vanilla bean ice cream, honeycomb, crushed biscuit, chocolate rocks and caramel.
  31. Picnic Café | Camp Hill | Vegan pancakes. Take the guilt out of sweet breakfasts with Picnic Café’s house made vegan pancakes topped with raw chocolate slice and vegan caramel.
  32. Pawpaw Café | Woolloongabba | Breakfast pizza. Pizza for breakfast doesn’t have to mean last night’s leftovers. Pawpaw serves it up pipping hot with chorizo, tomato, egg, cheddar, mushroom and basil.
  33. Piggy Back Cafe | Jindalee | Red velvet French toast. How could French toast get any better? With red velvet in the mix, loaded with raspberry cream cheese and chocolate sauce!
  34. 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.
  35. Paddington Deli | Paddington | Corn and coriander fritters. One of the Deli’s signatures, these fritters are gluten free and topped with avocado, tomato salsa, chorizo, yoghurt and a drizzle of chilli oil.
  36. King Arthur | Fortitude Valley | Peanut butter and banana toast. There’s plenty fit for a king at King Arthur café but you’ll find us chowing down on their peanut butter and banana toast – and always with bacon.
  37. Rogue Bar + Bistro | Newstead | Savoury waffles. Waffles don’t always have to be sweet. Rogue will bring you to the savoury side with waffles topped with popcorn chicken, fried egg, duck fat aioli and carrot jam.
  38. The Charming Squire | South Brisbane | Breakfast bruschetta. It’s the pile of crispy fried haloumi on top of this beetroot and pumpkin bruschetta that won our hearts – but their weekends specials are pretty epic, too!the priory 2
  39. The Priory | Woolloongabba | Brioche French toast. You’ll be praying for a second serve of this decadent French toast piled with blueberry compote, pistachio gelato, loads of honeycomb, toasted nuts and maple syrup.
  40. Republic Coffee Traders | East Brisbane | Sourdough crumpets. Crumpets aren’t just for your nanna anymore, with coffee cream, honeycomb, grilled pears and ice cream.
  41. Little Loco | New Farm | Breakfast tacos. You’ve had pasta and pizza for breakfast, now have tacos, filled with charred corn and tomato salsa, chorizo, avocado and fried egg!
  42. Suburban | West End | Breakfast nachos. Every breakfast dream we didn’t know we had came true with this bowl of crispy potato savoury mince, poached eggs and chilli hollandaise!
  43. Putia Pure Food Kitchen | Banyo | Italian breakfast doughnut. Sweet ricotta, sea salt caramel gelato, cinnamon salted almond, poached pear and lemon curd is sure to satisfy even the sweetest of tooths!
  44. Let Minnow Café | Clayfield | The beef cakes. Got a beefy appetite? Sate it with spinach and feta potato cakes with avocado, feta, beef brisket, pumpkin hummus and 2 poached eggs.
  45. Hansell and Gretel | Gaythorne | Build your own. Start with toast and choose from starters and sides to build your own breakfast dream!
  46. My Mistress | Clayfield | Head Mistress. You won’t find yourself in trouble with My Mistress’s free range baked eggs with house made spiced beans, chorizo, sour cream and cheesy sourdough.
  47. Blockhouse | Nundah | Potato hash cakes. Fluffy potato, feta, carrot puree and garden peas with poached will get your veggies in, a side of bacon will do the rest!
  48. Banter Coffee House | Manly West | Banana bread and butter pudding. It comes complete with an almond cookie, whipped crème and fraiche, passionfruit granita and banana.
  49. Ginger & Green | South Brisbane | Croque madame. We’re a sucker for cheese and Ginger & Green have the cheesiest breakfast around!
  50. Fuel & Co. | Nundah | Fuels hotcake. You’ve never seen a bigger, fluffier hotcake than this epic dish piled with pear, raspberries and blueberries, topped with ricotta and maple.
  51. Kettle & Tin | Paddington | Vanilla pancakes. Fluffy pancakes stacked high with fried banana, salted Milo pretzels and vanilla ice cream, drizzled with rum caramel sauce. This isn’t your average pancake stack.
  52. Lokal & Co | West End | Salmon Gravlax. Don’t use up all your attention taking in the uber chic Scandinavian vibe around you, or your breakfast buddy might just steal a bite of these crispy croquettes and cured salmon!

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 Brisbane breakfast spot? Let us know via email at [email protected] we can include them in the next round!

Words by Ranyhyn Akui