Breakfasting in Brisbane, Australia

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Australians love to eat out for breakfast. Whether catching up with friends, celebrating a special occasion or just relaxing with a paper and a good coffee, breakfast is one of the best times of day for Aussies. In Brisbane, the tropical climate keeps breakfasters eating outside throughout the year. With award-winning cafes and whimsical culinary creations, Brisbane boasts some of the best breakfast destinations in Australia. Here’s a few of my personal favourites!

The Gunshop Café

Widely regarded as the best café in Brisbane for breakfast (they’ve won numerous awards) the bustling Gunshop Café in Brisbane’s trendy West End is top of the list for a morning bite to eat. It’s always packed out on weekends, so be prepared for a wait. It’s definitely worth it though as you enjoy mouth-watering potato and feta hash cakes with tomatoes, spinach and herbed sour cream or Canadian brioche French toast, bacon, caramelized bananas and candied pecans drizzled in maple syrup.

The Little Larder

You won’t find Little Larder on any of Brisbane’s main shopping streets or tourist destinations, this is definitely one for the locals (and tourists in the know!).  Located in the bright and pretty suburb of New Farm, Little Larder was founded six years ago and has become a cult favourite among locals. As you sample the delights of pesto scrambled eggs and crispy polenta with eggs, avocado and spinach, check out the unique local artwork for sale.

the_little_larder_australiaImage credit: The Little Larder

The Chelsea Bistro

Like its namesake in London, The Chelsea Bistro at The Barracks, Paddington is a high end affair. Marble features mix with leather seats and glass panels for a deluxe interior. Similarly, the bistro’s menu is suitably sophisticated with honeycomb butter adorning crumpets and bagels and toasted apple and walnut bread served with fresh fig, honey and ricotta. Delicious!

Ave Cucina

Founded by the winners of My Kitchen Rules, series one, Ave Cucina is hidden in the leafy suburb of Coorperoo. On weekends, locals can be seen re-fueling on breakfast wraps and the café’s famed ricotta pancakes after a big night out. A fusion of Lebanese and Italian (the owners’ respective roots) Ave Cucina is a diverse assortment of flavours and textures, perfect to start your day with.

ave_cucina_australiaImage credit: Ave Cucina

Grub Street

An eclectic menu featuring pulled pork tortillas, pea and ricotta tartine and pumpkin and haloumi fritters is what keeps breakfasters flocking to Gaythorne café, Grub Street. Filled with art from local photographers, this hip café makes all food from scratch and also sells a selection of relishes, jams and chutneys.


Known more for their coffees than their breakfasts, Campos makes the list because the accompaniment to any good breakfast is an even better coffee and Campos wins that prize on every front. Tucked away down Wandoo Street in Fortitude Valley, Campos has firmly established itself on the Brisbane breakfast scene. Serving up its famous coffees alongside an ever-changing menu which includes ricotta buttermilk pancakes with pistachio ice cream and caramel figs and smoked salmon scrambled eggs.

CamposImage credit: Campos Coffee


Brisbane girl Sarah Murray works for Appliances Online. When she’s not enjoying breakfast outdoors, she loves reading food blogs and window shopping for kitchen appliances.


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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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4 Responses to Breakfasting in Brisbane, Australia

  1. I live in Brisbane, and only have been to a couple of these places! I'm slack!

  2. Carol Cain says:

    @Anthony The Travel Tart: Time to get to it, Anthony! Chop! Chop! Or should I say, Chomp! Chomp!

  3. Charu says:

    That coffee looks wonderful!

  4. Carol Cain says:

    @Charu: Especially on a day like today!

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