5 Brisbane Coffee Hotspots
Brisbane is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Southern Hemisphere, and its cafe culture is in step with that growth. Whether you are a Brisbane native or a frequent visitor, you have no doubt seen the bold and beautiful cafe concepts sprouting up in typical and non-so-typical locations around this sunny city. The trouble is, how do you know which cafes are going to execute the crema and provide an eclectic environment for you to recharge or socialise. We have rounded up the 5 Brisbane coffee hotspots that are heaving with flavour and character, so grab your Keep Cup and let’s get into it.
Known as the bohemian end of Brisbane, West End is a cultural fusion with some of the city’s best Greek and Italian restaurants. In recent years, it has become synonymous with nurturing the best cafe talent and coffee roasters in Brisbane. The weekly West End Markets have also injected some new players into the suburb, with these special blends only available on Saturdays. If you’re not sure which rabbit hole to follow in the weird wonderful suburb of West End, The Gunshop Cafe, West End Coffee House, Plenty and Morning After are great options that you will want to familiarise yourself with.
It’s hard to think of something that New Farm isn’t doing well, and their coffee scene is another testament to this fact. James Street is home to some incredible cafes, with a number of coffee blends available at this hotspot, rather than just Campos beans which you can see in most shopping centres. Gerards Bistro is a nice place for a coffee in the afternoon, although it can get crowded quickly. Harvey’s and Chow House are also great options, and their knowledgable service staff might even be able to talk you into having your coffee in a martini instead.
The coffee in Paddington is worth the steep hills and tricky parking, and the offering appears to be changing and improving with every visit. The old-timers like Anouk are still thriving with their easy luxury, and Kettle & Tin is still the place to be on a Saturday morning. While there seems to be a movement towards replacing some cafes with restaurants, the area of Paddington still has a huge offering of cafes that it might take a while yo try them all.
In recent years, Camp Hill has been named as one of Brisbane’s most affluent suburbs, and this has had a positive effect on its cafes. Picnic and Black Bird have freshened up the family suburb, and even the institution In A Pickle has had a healthy refresh to meet the rising demand of the suburb. It’s worth calling out that the area of Camp Hill might need to be travelled through with a car, rather than the aforementioned suburbs where you can wander from one cafe to the next on foot. If you are looking for a truly boutique experience, head straight to Florence Cafe and maybe take home a provision or two while you are there.
South Bank is rarely excluded from any Brisbane hotspot list and is one of the most recognised and visited suburbs for travellers. Known for its beach in the middle of the city (yes, a beach), the area certainly draws a crowd. Given that this is an ‘always on’ area, many of these cafes turn into bars as the sun goes down. You would have to work hard to find a bad coffee in this densely populated area, but GOMA’s (Gallery of Modern Art) is one you might want to check out, as their chefs and baristas are expertly picked with the Head Chef catering the entire G20 Summit in 2014.
There are just 5 fantastic places to start if you are looking for a great cup of Joe. The truth is, every suburb of Brisbane has more than one gem if you are willing to look. Learn more about Brisbane by sampling the beans, and don’t forget to spread the word on which cafe you think is at the top of the list.