The best post-exam brekkies in Brisbane (AKA hangover cures)

Textbooks closed, pencils down, obligations out the window. Exams are O V E R and it’s time to celebrate in style. That calls for a night out with friends, a big sleep-in (huzzah) and a pick-me-up breakfast. And you don’t have to venture far to find some of the best of them. Here’s the heartiest post-exam breakfasts we can recommend.

Brew Cafe and Wine Bar, Brisbane City

If it’s too bright outside, you know where to go. This underground bunker bar transforms into a coffee and breakfast hot spot in the AM and it delivers on the aforementioned goods. This epic feed will have you feeling fresh and/or ready for your morning nap.

The Bagel Boys, Brisbane City

If you’re looking for a breakfast more on the cheap side (or you just can’t bring yourself to suffer a sit-down brunch), The Bagel Boys have you covered. The hole-in-the-wall store on Adelaide Street is open every day so you can count on these guys for a pick-me-up. They’ve got coffee, too.

Pancake Manor, Brisbane City

Pancakes with syrup

Sweet tooths rejoice at the menu on offer at Pancake Manor – Brisbane City’s 24/7 pancake and waffle house. Any time of the morning or night you can rock up here and the team will have you feeling good as gold with their delicious pancakes stacked with whatever toppings suit your fancy. Their savoury options are also crowd pleasers and they can provide gluten free and vegan pancake options.

Suburban Cafe, West End


Go big or go home is the motto of the epic brunch menu at Suburban Cafe, a breakfast institution in Brisbane’s West End. It’s an easy walk over the Victoria Bridge and straight down Melbourne Street to find this perched on the corner of Melbourne and Boundary streets. The menu has breakfast favourites such as eggs benedict and bacon and egg burgers, but the standouts are the less traditional types like the breakfast nachos and parmigiana.

Morning After, West End

Aptly named, Morning After is the perfect place for a post-party pick-me-up. The Italian-inspired cafe presents an extensive breakfast menu including staples like avo on toast and the MA Muffin, but the real show-stoppers are the breakfast carbonara and the chilli scrambled eggs with tempura prawns.

Merriweather Cafe, South Brisbane

If you look behind the scenes of the busy main street at South Bank, you’ll find Merriweather Cafe on Russell Street, across the road from Musgrave Park. The quaint and understated cafe is always packed, so you know it’s good. The super-simple menu has all your favourites in various flavours like three types of both the omelettes and french toast.

Pawpaw Cafe, Woolloongabba

The Venzin Group has done it right when it comes to the Brisbane eat scene with a host of popular cafes and restaurants. Pawpaw Cafe is just one of their many venues and has an extensive brunch menu that is inventive and tasty. The menu houses traditional options with twists that make them feel just a little bit special. They also transform into an Asian restaurant at night, which is worth a visit. You can’t go wrong with their signature potato hash dish.

Naim, Paddington

This Israeli-inspired cafe brings the best of Middle-Eastern cuisine to the brunch table, and it does not disappoint. All the classics are on offer (think hummus, dukkah and turkish bread), including the famous shakshuka – a delicious mixture of baked eggs in tomato and capsicum sauce with olives and spices. They also offer half servings of some of their favourite dishes, if that’s your thing. We aren’t judging.

Mylk + Ko, New Farm

Banana bread
This cafe serves up wholesome brunch that caters to all dietary requirements. You’ll want to have your camera ready because whatever you choose to order is guaranteed to be pretty enough for the ‘gram. With rich sweet options and mouth-watering savoury offerings you can’t go wrong. They also have a cabinet full of raw treats and tasty banana bread – perfect to take with you for a snack later or as a second breakfast. Their fresh juices will also help to clear your head.

The Smug Fig Cafe, Woolloongabba

Just a hop, skip and a jump (more like a short bus trip) over to Woolloongabba, you’ll find the Smug Fig Cafe – a student-friendly cafe serving all of the breakfast favourites. The all-day brunch menu features buttermilk chicken waffles, haloumi stacks and fritters – as well as eggs benedict and smashed avo to your liking.

King Arthur Cafe, New Farm

Last but definitely not least and by far the most royal option on this menu is King Arthur Cafe. Simply named after the street it resides on, King Arthur’s fitout and location makes it a hotspot for locals. The menu is short but sweet and it’s all reasonably priced and perfectly delicious.