If your thoughts go to leafy green parks, quiet residential areas and great public transport when you hear the name Coorparoo, you’re right – but you’re forgetting the most important thing. Our next meal is always the first thing on our mind, which is why we’re in loaf with Coorparoo – with an abundance of cafés and restaurants and the 2017 opening of Coorparoo Square, this suburb has some of the best dining options in Brisbane. Get your spoons at the ready, we’re giving you the scoop-aroo.
The opening of Coorparoo Square was like Christmas to us foodies, with the introduction of several new and exciting eateries to discover. Enjoy coffee and breakfast from 6:00am at Beyond the Pale and watch it transform into a craft beer gastropub at night. Be a fitspo icon at Acai Brothers with superfood smoothies, acai bowls and raw treats – or rock down to La Mimosa Gelato and indulge in fresh gelato. Barbacoa Mexican Taqueria is a go-to for authentic Mexican street food, and Junk for Asian street eats. For onsite roasted organic coffee, drop by Kivahan Experience.
Gone are the days where one had to go to West End to indulge in a Mediterranean feast fit for a goddess, because now, there’s Greek on Cav. With all their dishes designed to share, you’ll want to bring a few friends with you so you can pile plates and plates of stuffed mushrooms, chickpea fritters and chargrilled lamb cutlets on the table. Finished off with honey puffs and ouzo ice cream of course.
Take a leaf of faith straight into the arms of Cafeine Café. If you’re all about that next coffee hit, the name alone should tell you everything you need to know. Indulge in their incredible all-day breakfast with multiple vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options – we’re talking house-made cashew butter and avocado on sourdough, we’re talking a vegan big breakfast with grilled asparagus and capsicum – and we’re eating their vanilla smoothie bowl.
Walk past the red brick and jade marble bar of the Laneway Bar and Restaurant and you’ll find yourself under the twinkling lights of the alfresco dining space outside. Not just a pretty face, their menu is simply mouth-watering. Not only do they have share plates of pork shoulder meatballs, chargrilled beef flank and smoked ham hock rillette, but their wood fired pizzas are also a must have.
One of the coolest Americana-style pig-out spots around town, California Native is all about Cali-style Mexicana. Cheesy nachos, spicy chilli fries, and every taco option you can think of are matched by Malibu Wagyu burgers and clam chowder, but don’t eat there without ordering one of the homemade salsas and jalepeno poppers on the side.
A mix of Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine can be found at Ave, and while you might like a savoury lunch, it’s their hotcake specials that have us coming back again and again. Check out the latest flavour combo this weekend!
Get transported to India with the tastes of Himalaya Sagar’s North Indian dishes. You won’t knead an excuse to down several pieces of naan – after all, how many times will you have the option of bread stuffed with spicy boiled potatoes and onion? Ask yourself if it’s getting hot in here, or if you’ve just greatly underestimated how spicy the Chicken Vindaloo is – but don’t sweat it, they’ve also got a great selection of mild curries.
Don’t be fooled by the bookshelves and closets full of clothing when you step into this eclectic café – looks can be deceiving. Possibly the cutest café we could imagine, the Vintage Kitchen & Vintage Closet has perfected breakfast, and they even have smashed avo that won’t cost you your mortgage and a goat sacrifice.
Sure you could stick to the classic eggs benny, the hearty big breakfast or the healthy homemade granola on Little Sista’s menu, but you won’t regret trying one of their weekly specials. And while you’re there, make sure you grab some baked treats to take home for later!
If you live east of the big smoke, gone are the days of having to go into town for a good meal. Because no one can be bothered doing that on a weekday.
Words by Sophia Lunn and Taylare Maddern, the gourmands who never know when to stop eating. It’s becoming an issue.