Finding a great cup of coffee can be tricky when you’re travelling, particularly if you don’t know the area you’re in. So, if you’re headed for Brisbane on business and fancy a pick-me-up, here’s a guide to five of the best coffee spots in town.
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Not only does this place have seriously good, well-priced coffee, but it has bags of atmosphere as well. Hidden away in an inner city building’s underground storage area (down the end of an alley), Brew is fast becoming THE place to go for coffee in Brisbane.
With moody lighting, milk crate seating, fake grass and video projections, Brew is a café by day and a wine bar by night, with an excellent light menu.
Their coffee is made using beans between four to ten days after roast and has a rich, full-bodied flavour. And if you don’t have time to sit and enjoy it, they even have an express coffee counter.
Brew is reminiscent of those quirky laneway cafés you find in Melbourne and caters for a wide mix of people. Their slogan is ‘because coffee doesn’t drink itself’.
You’ll find Brew hidden away down Burnett Lane in the heart of Brisbane, where it’s open from 7am on weekdays and 8am on Saturdays and kicks on till late every night except Sunday.
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This is another Brisbane mainstay, where you can enjoy a great coffee in an interesting and relaxing environment. The Three Monkeys has been part of the West End scene in Brisbane for the past two decades and it’s not hard to see the attraction.
The atmosphere is cosy and friendly, with a kind of east meets west décor and lots of unusual memorabilia, including Persian carpets on the walls. The building has plenty of little nooks and crannies where you can retreat and play chess or one of the other board games provided, or read a magazine from their extensive collection.
There’s a good breakfast menu, lots of toasted and grilled choices for lunch, including sandwiches and pizza and a selection of delicious sweet cakes, for which they are renowned.
The Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House is located in Mollison Street, in Brisbane’s West End and is open every day from 9.30am till 12am.
This is one of the Valley’s most popular haunts for Brisbanites of all ages and boasts a nightclub, a beer garden, several bars and right next door, Ric’s famous Fatboy Cafe.
If you’re after coffee and a meal, this is the place to head because it is not only good, it’s cheap as well. Ric’s Fatboy Café serves up a great breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato and toast all for just $4 and nothing else on the menu is over $15, including burgers, steak, nachos, pizza and pasta.
Ric’s has a grunge-chic décor and there’s always music happening, whether it’s on the dance floor upstairs or from a local band in the main bar. There are also plenty of places to escape if you just want to talk, including a ‘backyard’ beer garden, complete with plastic grass and hills-hoist.
Ric’s is situated in Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley and is open from 10am to 5am seven days a week.
Aromas is a coffee shop with a real difference. Situated inside Brisbane’s historic Regent Theatre in Queen Street, Aromas Regent serves up sensational brews in truly amazing surroundings.
Built in 1929, the Regent was Queensland’s first lavish picture-palace and its awesome interiors make the perfect backdrop to enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat.
As well as a cafe, there’s also a shop where the legendary Aromas brand is sold in the form of exotic tea and coffee products. With over 30 years in the industry, Aromas uses only ethically sourced coffee beans and specialises in local small-batch roasting of speciality grade coffees.
They offer 18 different original coffee blends, 12 single origins and a Rainforest Alliance Certified range, as well as more than 80 varieties of loose leaf tea.
Some people like coffee, some love it and many of us couldn’t live without it, so if you’re in Brisbane and you’re craving a really good brew, make sure you check out some of the coffee spots mentioned here. They will not only give you the caffeine-hit you need, but will give you a glimpse into Brisbane’s more eclectic side as well.