Food + fabulous fit-outs: Brisbane’s most Insta-worthy brunch spots

There’s a reason brunch has stuck around since the 19th century – but linner and brinner (the portmanteau of lunch/dinner and breakfast/dinner) never took off.

A bit like an airport, all social norms go out the window for this magical meal where you can eat what you want, drink what you want and photograph it as much as you want, because, it’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch, it’s brunch.

There’s something even more curious about this meal than its timing, and it only takes a quick stalk of the 20.3 million pictures (and counting!) on hashtag #brunch to see a cafe’s fit-out is as important as the food when deciding where to go.

Pack your smartphone, besties and add to #brunch with one of these Insta-worthy spots in Brisbane.

For a palm-fringed tropical getaway: Miss Bliss, West End

Miss Bliss Cafe | best brunch

Photo by @missblissau

If Bali is your spirit-destination, you’ll be pleased to know Miss Bliss brings a slice of Ubud’s clean eating to Brisbane’s West End streets – minus the six-hour flight to get there.

From the minute you walk in the doors, it’s clear the fit-out of this cafe was done for the ‘gram with exposed brick walls, green walls, fake grass and rustic wooden tables.

On the menu you’ll find the word ‘nourishing’ as both a noun and adjective, with a tropical feast of spelt waffles, rawtella (raw nutella) french toast, and buddha bowls filled with colourful veggies across their all-day menu.  

#Instamoment: Snag a table next to the green wall and let your camera go to town.

For a #pinkparadise: El’rosa by Arc + Family, James Street

Behind the pearly white gates of El’rosa on James Street, you’ll find more blush-pink than a baby girl’s gender-reveal.

Like Palm Springs on James Street, there’s no shortage of pot plants, ficuses and white wrought-iron tables that’ll make this pink patio your new liquid-brunch spot.  

El’rosa’s fit-out game is strong thanks to neighbours (and also owners) Arc + Family who stock hand-painted pots with geometric prints that have broken the Brisbane internet.

Although this one’s strictly for a coffee brunch catch up, you can shake up your usual order with a rainbow coffee, unicorn hot chocolate (complete with coloured cream and candy on top), or lavender water with floral ice-cubes.

#Instamoment: Pose like Beyonce under the neon ‘Crazy in Love’ sign or perch yourself next to a towering cactus plant.

For a fresh feast: Pineapple Express Cafe, Hamilton

If you’re looking for the best acai bowl in town, skip the teeth-freeze and purple lips trying every bowl in town and set your sights on Pineapple Express Cafe, the home of this superfood.

There’s more than meets the ahhh-s-eye-eee at this Hamilton cafe (note: there’s also one on James St too), where you can enjoy your favourite tropical fruits, muesli, and acai blend from inside a funky coconut bowl.

The ‘grammability of your brunch goes up a notch thanks to the interior design – white tiles, light wooden tabletops and real pineapples lining the walls.

Not feeling fruity? Opt for the protein pancakes or halloumi, bacon, and eggs combo instead.

#Instamoment: Seat yourself along the left-hand side of the cafe and play with a background of pineapples, wood, and fake grass.

For hipster vibes: She Bangs Coffee, Albion

Nestled among the car yards of industrial Albion you’ll find She Bangs Coffee just casually chilling on the corner of Tate and Collingwood Street.

They do brunch differently here – think gooey New York-style breakfast bagels, a Croissant Bene (eggs benedict served inside a flaky croissant) and a salmon brekkie dish with corn and beetroot puree.

That’s not all you’re in store for either – there’s an op-shop attached to the cafe (Studio Thrifty-Four) to pick up vintage threads.

#Instamoment: How about a photo with your coffee and new clothes, Macklemore? Strike a pose with your outfit in front of the Melbourne-esq graffiti-clad walls.

For a girl’s day out: Miss Jones, New Farm

In case you missed the memo, blush pink is so big right now it’s even been in Dulux’s colour forecast for the past three years and counting.

The paint’s popularity could possibly be put down to the quantity used on Miss Jones’ Brunswick St fit-out.

Minimal meets cutesy at this cafe, where simple concrete floors, light wooden tables and pops of greenery are the only things that aren’t baby pink.

Although you’ll recognise classics like avo on toast and eggs benedict on the brunch menu, you’ll also find a chai granola, green breakfast, and a roast pumpkin bruschetta if you’re after something light and bright.

#Instamoment: Order your coffee takeaway (wait ‘til you see the cups) and sit under the lit up ‘Excuse Me Miss’ sign.

For nothing but healthy goodness: Nodo Donuts, Newstead

Nodo Donuts | best brunch

Photo by @nododonuts

What do you do when you’re gluten-free and struggling to find a delicious and nutritious brunch option? You take a seat at Nodo, where there’s literally no dough.

This Brisbane success-story started like most good ones do – as a market stall which earned its owners enough street-cred and cult following to open cafes in Brisbane’s CBD and Newstead, both stocking their delicious donuts.

If you don’t want to embrace their philosophy ‘eat donuts for breakfast’ you’ll also find a menu that’s health focussed with dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.

From a harvest bowl (packed with all the goodness of the earth) to native blueberry-pie waffles with ice-cream, you’re delivered a dish that not only looks the goods but has the flavour profile to prove it’s more than just a pretty face.

#Instamoment: Add a bit of industrial chic to your Instagram feed with a pose against the cement wall made to pop with the gold Nodo signage.

For something with an Asian flavour: Pawpaw Cafe, Woolloongabba

Pawpaw Cafe | best brunch

Photo by @pawpawcafe

Frequented often by Brisbane’s Insta-famous, a quick scroll through the cafe’s Instagram feed reveals Pawpaw Cafe encourages flat lays (along with leggings worn to brunch).

Depending on what time you like to brunch, choose between their breakfast and lunch menus with a mix of pancakes, eggs, and health bowls and an Asian-inspired menu with vegan spring rolls and curry platters.

#Instamoment: Get more bang for your brunch and snap a shot against the floral wallpaper inside the cafe, as well as the retro abstract colourful mural outside.

For a boozy brunch: Kettle & Tin, Paddington

Kettle and Tin | best brunch

Photo by @kettleandtin

For a brunch that turns into dinner within the blink of a Bloody Mary, set yourself up in the time warp that is Kettle & Tin in Paddington.

This boozy brunch spot has cocktails, wine, and beer on tap from 10am, and proves it’s never too early to order a cheese board.

Of course, if you’re looking to play safe, you’ll also find the usual brunch favourites like asparagus and mushroom frittatas, sweet potato waffles, and Vietnamese crepes.  

#Instamoment: For a ‘living-my-best-Brisbane-life’ snap, Kettle & Tin have got your mimosa boomerang sorted.

For the true local experience: Corner Store Cafe, Toowong

Put your GPS away, the clue is in the name of this not-so-secret Toowong haunt tucked into a former corner store on Sylvan Street.

It’s all about alfresco dining here with a patio which overlooks the cafe’s vegetable and herb gardens (which you’ll find appearing in the brekkie green bowl).

Serving hearty meals that you’d expect at your grandparents’ house (think fruit toast, apple and cinnamon porridge, and sweet potato waffles) Corner Store Cafe serves brunch, seven days a week.  

#Instamoment: Contribute to the #waronwaste conversation and pose in the veggie garden with your coffee in a Keep Cup.

For a pick me up: Morning After, West End

If you had a good time last night, we have news for you, your Morning After is about to get a whole lot better.

Every morning feels as relaxed as a Sunday at this West End fave, whose fit-out is more photogenic than Miranda Kerr.

For a true take on the love-child of breakfast and lunch, twist your fork into their brekkie carbonara for a hit of bacon and eggs, mixed with field mushrooms, manchego and served through weaving strings of pappardelle pasta.

Don’t be surprised if you have to join a line to get in – word is out about this brunch spot. It’s no surprise though, the owner is one of Brisbane’s godfathers of food, hailing from Dell’ugo in South Bank before setting up this venture on Vulture Street.

#Instamoment: Bag a white booth and take full advantage of having a view of the entire cafe for a wide-angle shot of #brunchgoals. Or, for something close up, wear your most fashionable footwear for a shoe-shot with it’s terrazzo floor and gold ‘morning after’ floor signage.

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