Brisbane brunch guide – 5 places you can’t miss

Brisbane brunch guide

Brisbane and brunch are good together, and not just because they alliterate. As Australia’s third-largest city, Brisbane’s breakfast scene rivals the best in Australia, and offers endless sunshine to sweeten the deal. From inner city converted warehouses to leafy paradise retreats, and from hole-in-the-wall hideaways to unparalleled eggs benedict institutions, this city takes brunch seriously.

Whenever I visit town to have adventures with my kindred brunch heart Carly, we begin with a brunch bucket list, and plan all other adventures around food. Priorities – in check. In no particular order, here are five brunch spots you will love.

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Wild Canary

Arriving at Wild Canary, you feel like you’re stepping inside a secret garden oasis. Set within the Brookfield Garden Centre makes for a beautiful entrance and escapist experience. There are {canary} yellow and forest green chairs, big windows with dappled light flooding in, and an enviable cake cabinet that will definitely tempt you to eat cake for breakfast. Until you see the menu, and then you realise cake will just have to fit in afterwards.

Head chef Glen Barratt has crafted a sustainably focused, seasonally dominant, garden centric menu concentrating on organically grown herbs and ingredients grown in South East Queensland {many grown and yielded from the on-site kitchen garden}, using permaculture and biodynamic principles. Anticipate edible flowers with your eggs – they make for the prettiest instagram captures. The halloumi was to die for. If you’re not going to be in Brisbane anytime soon, follow Wild Canary on Instagram for the prettiest cakes alone.

2371 Moggill Road, Brookfield

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A home away from home, Plenty is a restored factory come rustic cafe with effortless allure. Nestled in Brisbane’s hip, coffee enthusiast West End, you’ll find wood panelled walls, palettes stacked to lofty heights and coffee from the heart. From the open plan kitchen, the wonderful staff will make you elective sandwiches and a lovingly prepared brew. The bread is artisan, the produce is local and the condiments are made in house. This is a perfect place to prop up your laptop and work the afternoon away from your coffice {coffee office}. When I heard there’s also an under-floor cheese cave, Plenty officially won my heart. I recommend the macadamia butter Turkish toast – dreamy.

284 Montague Road, West End

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Hatch & Co – Gasworks

It’d be hard to be anything but happy at this place. Because, well, avocado. A relaxed bar and outdoor/indoor alfresco dining experience, this is the perfect pick for a lazy weekend brunch with girlfriends. Dishes are rustic and home-style, and as is the way of the other featured eateries – where local is the new black. The white subway tiles and green walls up the (stylish) ante a notch or three, and the coffee just wins. You can also find Hatch & Co at Westfield Garden City, and the newly opened Post Office Square Brisbane CBD. You’ll love this one. Go.

76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead

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Lost Boys

When you’re welcomed by a blackboard sign offering free {coconut milk} coffee for those who can win rock paper scissors with the barista, you know you’re in for a treat. I can’t help but feel Lost Boys is a tribute to Peter Pan, and the cafe space is his Neverland. The cafe interior is enchanting – you’ll find a giant tree installation, with a leaf canopy ceiling, sprouting branches and winding vines, low strung lights, a blackboard quote wall, and yes – a rope bridge. You order your vegetarian food from storybooks {menus are pasted inside vintage hard covers} and did I mention this place is carbon neutral? Meaning unofficially, you drinking coffee is helping the world. Yes, please and you’re welcome.

694 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

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Chester Street Bakery

You say cake, I say Chester Street Bakery. For those with a sweet tooth, this place is your sweet spot pit-stop. The blue tiles are iconic and the tables are mismatched and the cakes are tall. There is definitely brunch available, to keep in line with the brunch focus of this guide, but there is also Twix cake with potato chip topping – just saying. A sister cafe to the popular Alfred & Constance, Chester Street is a bake house come bar. Late night desserts are a thing here, best served alongside handcrafted cocktails.

32a Chester Street, Newstead

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Your turn! Where’s your favourite place to brunch in Brisbane?

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    alfredo ciano
    July 15, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Brunch ? A Very Good Idea…

    Carly {Pockets of Peace}
    July 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

    So much deliciousness! Sparkling words and shots, honey. It captures our obsessive brunching beautifully! x o x

    Joey @ TravelWits
    July 1, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I’m going to Australia for my spring semester this year and I’m more worried about what to eat rather than where. Is there any authentic foods that is a should try? Please don’t recommend Vegemite! Haha

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    July 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    We love brunch at 63 on Racecourse Road. The food is great, the coffee is good, and the wait staff actually wait on you! Our other favorite is The Stables on Racecourse Road. The food is amazing! They have the best pancakes I have ever had!

    July 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Definately keeping this list for when I travel to Australia!!! These recommendations sounds yummy

    July 1, 2015 at 2:34 am

    The décor of all of these spots are so adorable. Makes me want to hop on a plane and see them all. Can’t beat a cute brunch spot full of character.

    Kimberly Purcell
    July 1, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Gorgeous shots! The Wild Canary looks diving!

    July 1, 2015 at 1:18 am

    This is perfect! I’m heading back to Queensland for Christmas, and can’t wait to try some new places to eat! 🙂

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    July 1, 2015 at 1:10 am

    That avocado toast! I got the chance to visit Australia this past Dec-Jan and was obsessed with all things brunch, especially in Melbourne. Now I know where to go if I ever find myself in Brisbane! 🙂

    June 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Brisbane’s skyline has changed so much since we were last there, but it still seems to have the same spirit. Would love to return, if only to explore Plenty’s cheese cave!

    June 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for such a great list. I love brunch and truely enjoy exploring breakfast/brunch places whenever I am in a new city.

    June 30, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I love brunches and I’d love to visit Brisbane too! Australia is definately on my Bucket list so one day I’ll eat brunch in all fo those lovely places.

    June 30, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I have never been to any of those and I live in Brisbane. Some of those places I have been dying to go too. I like DeeDot Coffee House. Located on 1/973 Logan Rd, Holland Park West QLD 4121 they serve up some amazing meals and even have Turkish delight milkshakes. mmmm my favourite!

    Great Blog post! Thank you Emma 🙂

    Paula Espíndola
    June 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Brisbane looks like a must place to go!

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