Brisbane City Cafe Guide
The best places in Brisbane to take mum for coffee this Mother's Day
There is no doubt that Brisbane is a city heavily saturated with great coffee places. The numerous cafes and specialty coffee shops scattered throughout the city are a true Godsend, but it can be daunting knowing where to start. Here are just a few of the many great places to get coffee with mum this Mother’s Day, whether you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix or a leisurely coffee experience.
Where to savour the best coffee in Brisbane
Brisbane is home to a thriving coffee culture that has been growing rapidly over the past few years. With so many great cafes and specialty coffee shops to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. These are some of our go-to spots for excellent coffee!
This is the coffee haven to rule them all. Decked out in a gorgeous 1890s heritage-listed fit-out in Midtown Centre, there is no denying that the space is stunning but it is the coffee that really overrides the experience at Coffee Anthology. Take your pick from a rotation of blends roasted by big names around the country such as Code Black, Padre Coffee, Dukes, Small Batch, Seven Seeds, Uncle Joe’s Coffee Experience, Proud Mary and Industry Beans. Pourover, batch brew, Aeropress, and espresso are just some of the few ways you can enjoy your morning brew over at Coffee Anthology.
155 Charlotte St, Brisbane QLD 4000
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Edward Specialty Coffee:
A classic with a modern twist: unpolished dark wooden accents, a forest green counter, and stark white walls. Located in the CBD’s historic Anzac Square Arcade, this coffee mecca definitely has character, but it is the coffee that makes this a standout for the Queensland coffee scene. If you’ve got a moment to spare, we highly recommend ordering a single origin pour over. For those in need of a quick hit, their espresso-based brews roasted by White Horse Coffee are simply divine.
Shop 25/275 Edward St, Brisbane QLD 4000
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Pablo And Rusty's:
Pablo and Rusty's does the following to a T: good vibes, great times, and some of the best coffee in Brisbane. The company, originally from Sydney, has been kicking and slinging great brews since 2003, and you can definitely tell by how the joint is so seamlessly run. Expert service and superb coffee makes Pablo and Rusty’s a local trailblazer for a quick and tasty caffeine hit.
200 Mary St, Brisbane QLD 4000
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Exposed brick walls, high beam ceilings, and polished pine wood makes up the charm in this industrial open space converted warehouse. The Allpress team are veterans of operating great cafes, with locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, New Zealand, The UK, Singapore, and Japan. Rifle through their vast offerings of signature espresso and single origins as you relax in a light-filled space that acts as a hub for passionate coffee experts.
26 Wellington Road, East Brisbane QLD 4169
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The Maillard Project:
The Maillard Project is all about education and experimentation. It isn’t just about drinking coffee over at Maillard Project, which is great by the way. For Andrew Wang, owner of Coffee Anthology, The Maillard Project doubles up as a cafe and education centre for coffee enthusiasts and budding baristas to hone their skills in all things coffee. The Maillard Project is an education hub that beats to the rhythm of its own drum, with roasting, brewing, cupping, and barista training on heavy rotation while the cafe runs full steam ahead. Not a barista? Make the most of your visit and sit in on a cupping session, the friendly staff are always willing to talk you through what’s on offer.
119 Charlotte St, Brisbane QLD 4000
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Specialty coffee roasters Blackstar Coffee is a boutique roastery and espresso bar promising delicious fair trade and organic coffee beans in this grungy converted garage cafe. Blackstar is all about ethically sourced, environmentally friendly beans, and their commitment to sustainability and community can be observed through their Carbon-neutral brews. If you’re feeling peckish, there is an all-day food menu available. We’re pretty sold on their generous toasties and burgers.
44 Thomas St, West End QLD 4101
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Don’t expect your typical brunch suspects at this Indonesian-style cafe. Instead of eggs your way and smashed avo, this cafe offers a flavourtown of Indonesian-Australian fusion goodies such as mi goreng noodles with wagyu beef, fried chicken nasi goreng, and Papa’s congee made from a family recipe. Pair your meal with a colourful lineup of signature drinks! We’re obsessed with the Black Forest chocolate drink, the pink latte that emulates notes of watermelon and mixed berries, and their decadent Biscoff latte. Traditional Indonesian coffee is also a must, such as the Kopi Susu - a full-bodied Indonesian brew sweetened with condensed milk.
Level 1 Market Square 341 Mains Road, Sunnyback QLD 4109
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John Mills Himself:
This grungy hole-in-the-wall cafe is not one to miss when making the specialty coffee rounds on Charlotte Street. Mouth-watering doughnuts are on offer from Doughluxe Doughnut while sweet treats in their pastry cabinet are dressed to impress, courtesy of Couquette and Neighbour Milton. It’s the coffee and vibes that keeps patrons coming back for more though, with locally roasted beans such as The Single Guys, Uncle Joe’s and Coffee Supreme on constant orbit. Stay a while and watch this space turn into a trendy bar pulling specialty cocktails and locally-sourced beers and wines from cellars around Brisbane.
40 Charlotte Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
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Seven Miles Coffee:
This roastery-cafe hybrid originates from Sydney but has made its home in Albion. Capable of churning out two-and-a-half tonnes of freshly roasted beans a week, this neat espresso bar boasts various filter and espresso options, plus tantalising cakes from Floss bakes. Stock up on your retail coffee needs while you sip on a satisfying brew, or hang around for cupping events and latte art training gigs which are held on a regular basis for those looking to perfect their barista skills.
31 Collingwood St, Albion QLD 4010
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Bellissimo Coffee Bulimba:
Bellissimo Coffee wears the crown of Highest Awarded Coffee Roaster in Australia. Make it a date at their Bulimba branch, decked out with warm timber panels, marble counters, hanging plants, and a skylight that makes dining here such a vibe. Break your fast on creamy truffled scramble, classic smashed avo with Persian feta and Dukkah, or cure that hangover with the hefty Bellissimo Breakfast. For bevs there is plenty to choose from but we really can’t go past a silky latte on their signature house blend.
35 Oxford St, Bulimba QLD 4171
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