Brisbanites are big on breakfast. So when it comes to firing up your day in this foodies' paradise, the River City has all your favourite morning pick-me-ups covered. Whether it’s a Champagne brunch, pancakes or a healthy acai bowl you’re after, these top five favourite local restaurants in Brisbane will make you want to come back for more.
Sourced Grocer – 11 Florence Street, Newstead
Tucked in the riverfront suburb of Newstead is a super trendy brekkie haunt like no other, offering artisanal culinary fare to its uber health-conscious residents and visitors alike. Part grocer/part cafe, with a step-in cold room and green wall, this place is on many lists. The famous cabbage pancakes or coal-grilled nectarines with ricotta and candied rye are a must-try.
New Farm Deli Cafe – 900 Brunswick Street, New Farm
Locals are deeply passionate about this iconic cafe, which opened in 1977 and is not just one of the most loved restaurants in Brisbane, but now claims to be the city's oldest and most authentic Italian deli. New Farm is renowned for its charming Queenslander homes and sophisticated eateries and retailers, but also its sensational breakfast spots – so don't miss this one. The lamb ricotta and basil on flat bread or smashed avo and tomato on ciabatta are definitely highly recommended, along with the spicy lamb with poached egg.
Seven South – 1/92 Hyde Road, Yeronga
If you’re after a family-friendly eatery to feed the hungry kids, head to Seven South, located in one of the city's most prestigious waterfront suburbs. Favoured by families and hipsters alike, you can fill your belly with mouth-watering choices such as the lemon thyme, blueberry and ricotta hotcakes or avo with goat’s cheese and rocket on pumpkin bread. If you are a traditionalist at breakfast you can't go past their perfect poached eggs. This place is almost always packed, so be prepared to wait at least 15 minutes or head over before 7.30am to secure your seats early.
Travel Secret: Breakfast is served all day at Seven South only on weekends, so feel free to wake up late and miss the morning peak-hour traffic.
Ruby Cafe – 233 Given Terrace, Paddington
If waffles, caramelised banana, bacon and maple syrup make your ears prick up, then this little gem of a cafe will be right up your alley. Situated on the bustling main strip of picturesque Paddington, and surrounded by tin and timber homes on hilly streets, Ruby is a hipster hangout and perfect spot for brunch after a fun night out. The pineapple and mint frappes are a must-try, and so is the mushroom sourdough bruschetta with poached egg and crispy, provolone cheese.
The Flying Nun – 16 Station Street, Samford Village
Located just 30 minutes northwest of the CBD, this mostly organic cafe serves brekkies that pack a punch. The warm quinoa coconut and pineapple bowls topped with roasted nuts and dark chocolate are sensational, and so is the pan-seared North Atlantic scallops with crispy pork belly, poached eggs and red pepper pesto.
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