Listen, we don’t want to start any brawls over which side of Brisbane has the best breakfasts, because the fact is, they’re all overflowing with delicious cafes. No matter what ‘burb you call home, you’re never more than a 5 minute drive from a drool-worthy spot to get your bacon on, but when it comes to the north side, it’s probably more like 2 minutes.
Here’s a few of our fave spots for breakfast on Brisbane’s north side.
Elixir | Stafford
It’s not just coffee that these guys do well – they also dish up a seriously good breakfast (not to mention lunchtime burgers). We were fans the moment we took our first bite of their Fairy Waffles, but with a menu as long as your arm, there’s something for every brunch lover at this suburban fave.
Nana & Da’s | Kedron
It’s not only the quirky mismatched salt shakers and floral wall paper that reminds us of Gran that we love at Nana & Da’s, it’s also the delicious brekky fare! Home style feeds like potato and mozzarella smash and haloumi on sourdough are the ultimate comfort food.
Willow & Spoon | Wilston
Spiced pumpkin loaf with babaganoush, croissant bread and butter pudding with mascarpone and crispy pork with fried brioche – need we tell you more? After a lick of paint and some handy work, Willow & Spoon looks better than ever, but as always, their breakfast menu is still the star of the show.
My Mistress | Clayfield
We know My Mistress will never be faithful to us alone, but as long as they’re there with a cold press coffee and a plate of their sweet potato rostis every weekend, we’ll be smitten. Plus, their menu is cute AF – who doesn’t want a ‘Sweet Thang’ with little something extra ‘On the Side’.
Putia Pure Food Kitchen | Banyo
Banyo might seem a little far to go for breakfast even to most north siders, but with Chef Dominique Rizzo’s creative fare awaiting, it’s close enough. Inspired by local, seasonal produce are dishes like the cornbread waffles with pulled pork and Italian breakfast doughnuts with sweet ricotta and salted caramel gelato – see, doesn’t seem far at all now, does it?
Artie & Mai | Albion
There’s a few dishes on Artie & Mai’s menu that everyone in Albion and surrounds knows are the must orders: the spring onion and feta hash cakes (with bacon, obvs), and the banana French toast with salted caramel and candied bacon ice cream. We recommend taking a friend so you can get both – and then steal half of theirs.
Ramekins | Carseldine
It was their epic mutant milkshakes piled high with chocolate and fairy floss that first grabbed our attention, but it turns out Ramekins’ breakfast dishes are pretty good too. Just don’t go thinking you can fit in a serve of their salted caramel apple crumble waffles and a shake in one sitting. You can’t. We’ve tried.
Let Minnow | Clayfield
Anyone who’s as good at puns as we are gets a big tick of approval in our books, but when you do it in a good looking café with scrumptious breakfasts to boot, well, we hand our crown to you. The Shore Thing is our pick for puns and hunger-busting feeds alike, with poached eggs, bacon, haloumi, avocado and dukkah on sourdough.
Fuel & Co | Nundah
You might think you’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere before you find this hidden spot, but don’t worry – it’s just very much tucked away in suburbia. We’re pretty sure the locals would like to keep it to themselves, but with a sunny deck to tuck into their enormous hotcakes on, there’s no way it can stay secret for much longer.
Hansell & Gretel | Gaythorne
Real picky about what you eat of a morning? Whether you detest dill or you can’t handle hollandaise, Hansell & Gretel will let you be as picky as you like with their build your own breakfast menu. Us, we’ll take one of everything – actually, make that 2.
Site Café | Banyo
You may not expect somewhere so far out of the city to be particularly adventurous with their breakfast fare, but Site Café has much more than just eggs benny and scrambled eggs on toast. From the breakfast tapas to the breakfast pizza, you won’t know what to choose first. Also good to know? They dish up some tasty school holiday activities for the kids, so you can drink your latte in peace.
BREWBAKERS | ALBION
You’ll find some of the best coffee in Brisbane at Brewbakers, where they wear their hearts on their sleeves: they brew, they bake. Everything they sell is baked in their Albion cafe daily, from hot cinnamon doughnuts to ham, cheese, and tomato bagels. If you haven’t had one of their chocolate bagels with cream cheese and sour cheery jam, then you haven’t lived.
THE LOW ROAD | WINDSOR
Sangria at breakfast? Sign us up! We like to take The Low Road on the weekend to conquer even the mightiest of hangovers, with hearty dishes like breakfast spaghetti (pasta all day, erryday) and baked beans with chipotle sour cream, the secret kept by many Windsor residents is out!
Have we missed your fave? Drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know!
Words by Ranyhyn Akui