Where to Get a Great Caffeine Hit in Brisbane

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Mar 13, 2017

by MORAG KOBEZ, Writer

Brisbane is a city that rewards the curious. Wander down that unassuming alleyway in the CBD or turn down that leafy suburban street and you’ll find plenty of gold – of the liquid variety. Here’s where to find the best coffee in Brisbane to silence the naysayers once and for all.


Blink and you’ll miss this cosy, classy little café tucked away at the end of a laneway on Elizabeth Street. Whether it’s the smooth house blend of Guatemala La Soledad and Honduras Liquidambar or one of the single origins, you can be sure it’s always made with love.

189 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane


Coffee shops are a dime a dozen in the CBD but very few are in Botero’s league. They roast an ever-changing selection of beans (in the nearby Northern Rivers region), brew them with the utmost care and serve them in the surrounds of a heritage-listed building. It’s definitely worth battling the suits for a spot here.

258 Adelaide Street, Brisbane

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Reverend’s Fine Coffee

Sure, the coffee at this local favourite is a near-holy experience but there’s also the beautiful bare-brick interior, charming young things behind the counter and heavenly custom-made leather and brass sleeves on the cold-drip flasks.

372 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Campos Coffee Wandoo Street

It was one of the first and it’s still one of the best. Tucked away at the end of a driveway behind the James Street Markets, this café has been consistently transforming flavourful, ripe beans from around the world into the perfect cup for nigh on a decade.

11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley

Dandelion & Driftwood

What’s in a name? This cute-as-a-button suburban café, with its friendly, apron-wearing waitstaff and whimsical interior, is named for its two coffee blends. Dandelion has a subtle softness with more delicate notes, while Driftwood is ruggedly earthy, with a rich, dark-chocolate body. We strongly suggest trying a cup of each.

1/45 Gerler Road, Hendra

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Black Sheep

As the name suggests, the staff here are a delightfully eccentric bunch of coffee-obsessed creatures. In this unassuming little café and roastery in Woolloongabba, they’re all about sourcing beans from smaller estates, with a focus on sustainability and ethical practices.

109 Norman Street, Woolloongabba


It’s like wandering into the pages of a fairytale. The enterprising owners took a neglected, graffiti-covered World War II bomb shelter and transformed it into an enchanted café that threatens to be swallowed whole at any moment by the unruly vines surrounding it. Look for the detailed tasting notes posted on the wall. The dark hot chocolate with peanut butter is almost as good as the coffee.

21 Railway Terrace, Milton


Little sister to West End stalwart Blackstar Coffee Roasters, Contessa comes from a well-brewed family. The espresso and hot- or cold-filter are all great but – perfected over many years and cold-brewed overnight – their cold-pressed coffee is hard to beat. Available in full-cream, soy, low-fat and black.

154 Roma Street, Brisbane

Top image: Botero

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