Just because I travel a lot doesn’t mean I don’t have some serious love for my hometown, Brisbane. I love living in Brisbane and love the feeling of coming home to this gorgeous part of the world. The weather is great, there are so many beautiful places to explore and it’s a ridiculously chilled out place to live. All in all, Brisbane is my home equivalent of a spirit animal.
Today I wanted to show some mad love for Brisbane by sharing my five favourite cafes. These are in no particular order, just five places I love to eat, sip and chill. I love finding cafe’s that have a relaxed vibe, serve great food and coffee and cater to all range of people, from meat-lovers to gluten-dodgers and everyone in between.
Located in West End, Cafe Wrapture is a super low-key spot that has an easy-going, relaxed vibe about it. It’s just far enough from the busy main streets of West End that you can unwind that little bit more and enjoy a slow breakfast. The coffee here is fantastic, the staff are really friendly and offer great service too. Most importantly, the food is absolutely delicious.
The breaky menu focuses on a series of really delicious wraps stuffed with fresh ingredients that are bursting with flavour. Meat eaters can feast on wraps like the BrisVegas: char-grilled bacon with grilled halloumi, fresh pineapple, BBQ sauce and cos lettuce. Vegetarians can enjoy wraps filled with falafels, grilled haloumi, salads, tahini and other tasty treats.
This very cool little cafe popped up on Ann Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. I love the whimsical vibe of the place, which draws its inspiration from Peter Pan’s Lost Boys with some seriously cool Neverland decor. Stepping into this cosy space is like walking straight into a fairytale book. Other than looking cool, Lost Boys also has a really great focus on using natural, organic, local produce to prepare food that looks and tastes good but also puts some good vibes back into the community.
Lost Boys is a haven for people with food allergies and preferences as they cater for gluten dodgers, dairy-free folk, vegans and vegetarians. Their menu is full of delicious food including my favourite, the corn fritter and haloumi stack of sweet potato, corn, feta and fresh herbs stacked with haloumi, house relish and sour cream.
Lucky Duck Cafe & Bar
If you find yourself in Highgate Hill be sure to stop in at one of my favourite Brisbane cafe’s, Lucky Duck. I really like this place because it’s low-key and chilled out and there’s no line up to get a table and it’s not over-run by brunch lovers. The cafe looks small from the street but it opens up out the back with more seating space in the alley-way too (it’s not as dodgy as I just made it sound). I really like the fit-out too, there’s lots of duck-themed street art around the place and it’s got that effortlessly cool, eclectic thing going on.
The coffee here is always great and the food is fresh, really delicious and the portion sizes are hearty but not over-the-top. My favourite meals include the Posto Posto, organic sourdough topped with heaps of avocado, tomato, haloumi and served with lemon, basil and drizzled with garlic olive oil. If you really want to treat yourself, splash out on the Canadian waffles topped with ice cream, maple syrup and your choice of strawberries or bacon. All the noms. In. Your. Face.
The Jam Pantry
I may be a bit biased with this one because I know owner and chef, Nims. But I think that just gives me a greater appreciation for the amazing food and cool space she creates at The Jam Pantry in Greenslopes. If you were ever lucky enough to eat at Comfort at my Table in Milton, Nims previous cafe, you’ll know she has a way of making food fantasies come to life. The cafe itself is really gorgeous, with an old-style feel to it that’s welcoming and comfortable.
Stepping into The Jam Pantry is like stepping into Nims cottage home, where the food is creative and delicious and the coffee is downright amazing. There’s a revolving board of specials, from which you should definitely choose at least one thing to try because it’s bound to be unlike any other breakfast you’ve had before. I also really recommend you try a cappuccino because they shave fresh chocolate on top of it and it’s some kind of wonderful.
The coolest thing about My Mistress is the sense of humour and fun the owners have had with the place. I love that it’s called My Mistress and everything about the menu has a mistress theme to it, it’s light-hearted and takes the serious edge off brunch… which, as we all know, can get pretty intense from time to time. It’s great to see someone keeping things simple and fun.
Based in Clayfield, My Mistress has a very cool interior. There’s indoor and outdoor seating and because the place has such a laid-back vibe to it you can’t help but escape the buzz of busy Sandgate Road, just outside. Most of what you see inside the shop was upcycled or made by the owners, with a lot of vintage goods being used to give the space it’s breezy, cool edge without being over-the-top hipster central. The food, of course, is downright tasty. Be sure to try the Eggs Marilyn or Eggs Monica and for something a bit special, sink your teeth into The Sweet Thang of French toast with smoked bacon, maple syrup and seasonal fruit.
What are your favourite Brisbane-based cafes? I’m always on the lookout for new places to try at home and abroad, if you have a favourite cafe in Australia or somewhere else, let me know in the comments or on Facebook so I can put it on my ‘to do’ list. This post was brought to you by TU Projects.
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