10 best cafes in Brisbane and beyond

10 best cafes in Brisbane and beyond

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It’s one of life’s simple pleasures and a very personal take on a popular drink, but a good cup of coffee can make or break my day. Like many Queenslanders, I’ve developed a taste for well-brewed coffee and I don’t like to settle for second best. Here’s where I go when I feel a need for the bean. These are my picks of the best cafes in Brisbane and beyond.

1-Brendan’s Café

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Not only is the coffee good, but the close-to-the-action Brisbane River views are unbeatable.

It doesn’t hurt that there’s a little exercise involved to earn your coffee either.

Where: Half way across the Goodwill Bridge, Brisbane.

2-Campos

As the flagship store for the Campos coffee empire you are guaranteed a good drop here, but there’s also a public Cupping Room where you can fine-tune your coffee tasting skills. Book in for a weekend session.

Where: 11 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley.

3-Elixir Coffee

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best cafes in brisbane
Photo: Christina Pfeiffer

You’re not coming here for the décor, but when you can watch the coffee roasted from the tables, you know it’s fresh.  They’ve won plenty of awards too!

Where: 12 Haywood Street, Stafford

4-Dandelion and Driftwood

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best cafes in brisbane

This is the only coffee shop I’ve visited where they give you tasting notes with each cup.  Designed by coffee connoisseurs for a discerning palate.

Where: 45 Gerler Street, Hendra

5-Dramanti Artisan Roaster

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A joint roaster and café tucked away in a car park next to a railway line, you can drink your Dramanti coffee with an especially clean conscience as the beans are ethically sourced from farms all over the world.

Where: 96 Tingal Road, Wynnum

6-Merlo

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There are many places to enjoy a fine cup of Merlo coffee but my favourite is the Paddington coffee shop for it’s great view over the city.  My tip is to always try the blend of the month to expand your coffee horizons.

Where: 78 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

7-Bellissimo Coffee

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They’ve got awards a plenty and a wide selection of freshly roasted beans here.

Where: 30 Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley

8-Bunker

The line-up here is always long but it’s worth the wait. Much loved for it’s minimal appearance and location in an old bomb shelter covered with greenery.

Where: 21 Railway Terrace, Milton.

9-Skybury Coffee

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Take it one step further and drink your pure Arabica coffee within sight of the trees it was grown on.  Skybury Tropical Plantation is located in the heart of one of Australia’s richest food bowls, the Atherton Tableland, about an hours’ drive from Cairns.

Where: 136 Ivievic Road, Mareeba

10-Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms

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It’s surprisingly smooth and sweet but there’s no denying the infamous coffee here, Kopi Luwak (cat poo coffee), priced at $50 a cup, is a novelty.  The beans are plucked from the droppings of the Asian Palm Civet.

Where: 37 Thornton’s Gap Road, Herveys Range, Townsville.

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10 best cafes in Brisbane and beyond

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