Whether it’s first thing in the morning, during the mid-afternoon energy slump or as a late evening catch-up with friends, we love our coffee.

We asked Brendan Sinnamon, Marcus Clamp and Motomi Sakurada, from the Brisbane Coffee Lovers clubto compile a selection of the 20 best cafes they’ve visited in the past year, and here are the results!

“There are more that could have made this list so keeping it to just 20 was difficult,” says Brendan.

If we’ve missed your favourite, let us know on our Facebook page or via Twitter or Instagram, @bmagbrisbane.

1. Avid Reader, West End

A nice cosy backyard makes it feel like you are visiting a friend’s house. Avid Reader really does justice to Toby’s Estate coffee. Food is reasonably priced with a generous amount. Service can be a bit slow, but always comes with a smile.

2. Bass Espresso, West End

A new cafe on Boundary Street that often features musicians. They currently serve Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters coffee and often offer blends and single origins from other roasters. Tasty food is served by very friendly staff. This cafe strives for better, and is getting there.

3. Bellissimo, Valley

Great in-house roasted coffee with many choices for blend and single origin. Delicious, well-priced food and really quick service considering how busy it can be.

4. Blackstar, West End

Superb in-house roasted coffee featuring a signature blend and rotating single origins. Good food with a grungy but friendly atmosphere. Features jazz musicians every Sunday at 5pm.

5. Bold Coffee, Bald Hills

A real discovery this year. Great Cleanskin Coffee Co. coffee, delicious food and superb service makes it well worth the drive for Brisbane Coffee Lovers members out to Bald Hills.

6. Blue Sky Coffee, Newstead

Neatly tucked away in Newstead is this busy cafe/roastery in which it is great to sit and enjoy your coffee and great food on a lazy Saturday morning in a somewhat retro warehouse environment. A favourite of the Coffee Lovers.

7. Campos HQ, Fortitude Valley

This is one of the more recognized cafe’s that has a wide selection of superbly roasted single origin coffees. It is a very busy venue that is quite popular for either breakfast or lunch. A good selection of cakes is available to enjoy whilst indulging in your caffeine hit. They are also great in respect to education about coffee so if you wish to enrich your knowledge about your vice then I do recommend partaking in the cupping sessions conducted in a specially designed cupping room.

8. Cup from Above, Aspley

Great Cleanskin Coffee Co. once again, tasty food and very friendly efficient service in a smallish but very comfortable environment.

7. Dandelion & Driftwood, Hendra

Well known throughout Brisbane as being one of the best cafes for coffee, Dandelion & Driftwood lives up to that reputation. Specialising in bespoke roasted house-blends and single origins. Delicious food and friendly service surrounded by delightful decor.

9. Dello Mano, Newstead

The home of the best brownies in Brisbane. Other food options are also great and some of the friendliest service you will find.

10. Elixir, Stafford

A favourite with the Brisbane Coffee Lovers because of the great Elixir coffee roasted in-house. Plenty of choice available from the blends and single origins on offer. Really nice food and very friendly, efficient service.

11. Grindhouse, Stones Corner / The Odyssey Project, Milton

Both cafes run by the same owners are hidden gems where coffee lovers need to rush in. They roast their own blend and single origins with lots of care. Food selection is a little limited, but host food stalls regularly. The cool atmosphere and the quality of coffee at both cafes make it worth seeking them out.

12. Lift Bakery Café, Highgate Hill

Though being very new to the Brisbane coffee scene these guys have got a quality operation. The owners and staff do make you feel welcome by their very friendly manner so it is refreshing to visit such a place as Lift Bakery Cafe. The service is good, the food is divine and their coffee supplied By Rouge Coffee compliments everything just nicely.

13. The Little Prince, Woolloongabba

This little cafe serves good cup-roasted coffee and nice and affordable priced food. Sometimes features live music on weekends. The brick walls are adorned by photos and a cute little prince smiles at you while waiting for your coffee.

14. LTD, Valley

One of the best places in Brisbane, dare we say Australia, for true coffee connoisseurs and for those who love a quality cup. Offers superb blends and single origins roasted by Cleanskin Coffee Co. A minimalism interior combined with interest drawings on the wall gives the place a character. This is a coffee bar to enjoy your coffee experience.

15. Neli Coffee, Clontarf

If you live near Redcliffe or simply enjoy quality coffee then this is a place that you need to venture. Superb coffee roasted on the premises. Their staff are very knowledgeable in regard to their product. Another great discovery this year for the Brisbane Coffee Lovers.

17. Red Baron, Milton

Red Baron in Milton is the first shipping container-converted cafe in Brisbane. Veneziano coffee is well-made and rotating single origins are simply delicious. You have to sit on milk crates or stools in this non-pretentious cafe where you have many chances to meet and chat to total strangers.

18. The Roastery Café (Rouge Coffee), South Brisbane

Very nice coffee roasted on premises, delicious food in a really spacious café where the staff are awesome so you know that you are up for a good experience.

19. Roost Coffee, Kelvin Grove

Superb coffee with nice food also available in one of the nicest cafe interiors in Brisbane. Roost uses Cup Coffee and single origins sourced from a range of local specialty roasters including The Single Guys Coffee Co. and Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters.

20. Toby’s Estate, Brisbane City

Single origin lovers’ must-go place if you are always told today’s single origin has been sold out. A very busy store maintains the quality while handling the quantity. Their food range is a bit limited. Many tables on the footpath allow you to enjoy taking a break while enjoy people watching.


Try these spots around town and let us know whether they satisfy your caffeine cravings! If we’ve missed your favourite let us know via the comment box below!