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 from the CBD 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. The Canadian hot cakes and bagels 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
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.
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 a short but sweet 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 is a pick and mix between brioche burgers, eggs benedicts and omelettes, so you can have it your way.
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, haloumi and spicy basil pesto), including the famous shakshuka – a delicious mixture of baked eggs in tomato and capsicum sauce with olives and spices.
The Gettin’ Place, New Farm
Tucked down the park end of James Street is this little cafe, unassuming to passers-by. The shopfront with ‘The Gettin’ Place’ will let you know that you are in fact at the right place, and you can head out the back to the little courtyard to order your brunch. Bruschetta, field mushrooms and smashed avo are all on the menu.
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 fit out and location makes it a hotspot for northside locals. The menu is a bit fancy with cabbage and crab pancakes, fish tacos and house-made banana waffles, but it’s all reasonably priced and perfectly delicious.