Breakfast might even be the closest thing we have to a national cuisine. Here we pay tribute to Brisbane’s best; places shaping the very definition of the pre-midday meal. Others we’ve selected for consistent performance – they’ve nailed the classics and learnt how to handle the crowds that follow.

Some are big, some are small. Some are secluded neighbourhood prizes, others pull customers from across the city. But they all have one thing in common: they represent the best morning dining Brisbane has to offer.

85 Miskin Street


On weekends, there's a breakfast degustation.

85 Miskin Street, Toowong

Billykart West End


A sharper version of the suburban favourite.

4 Edmonstone Street, West End

Billykart Kitchen


An old corner store becomes a cutting edge cafe.

1 Eric Crescent, Annerley

Scout Cafe


Feels like your local, even if you live several suburbs away.

190 Petrie Terrace, Spring Hill



The menu changes based on the nationalities of the chefs.

212 Given Terrace, Paddington



The most challenging, avant-garde breakfast in Brisbane.

77-79 Grey Street, South Brisbane

The Gun Shop Cafe


The usual suspects, plus plenty of quirkier dishes.

53 Mollison Street, West End

King Arthur


Merriweather's younger sister is no less polished.

164C Arthur Street, Fortitude Valley

Pearl Cafe


Top-class seasonal fare and baked goods since 2007.

Pearl Cafe 28 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Morning After


Try the breakfast carbonara.

Corner Vulture Street and Cambridge Street, West End