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Brisbane cafés and afternoon tea deals: things to know before you go

There's always time for cake. Whether you're looking for a cheap café in Brisbane or one that serves high tea, we've rounded up answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about our café deals near you.

What's the best café in Brisbane?

Brisbane is packed with fantastic eateries where you can get a traditional Aussie breakfast or just sit back and unwind with coffee and cake. Here are some of the best-rated cafés around the city, based on reviews from Groupon customers:

  • Cicada Café Bar. Located at the heart of the CBD, this friendly bistro serves an array of breakfast plates plus a varied lunch menu of burgers, pasta, salads and more.
  • Henderson Art Gallery café, also known as Birrang Coffee. Treat yourself to a high tea of scones, sweet treats and sandwiches all served with tea or coffee. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
  • Oxley Café. Situated near the train station on Cook Street, diners love the tasty light bites and mocktails, served in diner style booths or the outdoor seating area, if you prefer.

Which types of coffee are available in Brisbane?

Brisbane prides itself on its coffee credentials. Whether you're looking for an early morning caffeine hit or a casual hot drink with friends, you're sure to find just what you need. Some venues, such as Sens Coffee Co on Adelaide Street, even have their own specialty blends. Check out this specialty coffee guide to find out more.

If you're new to coffee and not sure what to order, here's a quick guide to some of the most important cups served throughout the city:

  • Espresso: The classic coffee ‘shot' with a full, rich flavour. A double espresso with hot water is known as a long black.
  • Flat White: Often described as Australia's favourite coffee, made with a shot of espresso and steamed milk.
  • Cappuccino: Another espresso-based drink, with steamed milk and often chocolate powder added to the top.
  • Latte: The milkiest of the coffee drinks, usually served in a glass. Normally contains a shot or two of espresso with sweetened, frothy milk added.

Where does the best breakfast in Brisbane?

From pancakes to fry ups, there are cheap cafés in Brisbane and the surrounding areas serving all kinds of delicious breakfasts and brunches. Why not give one of these highly rated venues a try?

  • Rofl Wafl in Carseldine. A family-run café, they serve everything from eggs Benedict to sweet and savoury crepes, alongside hot drinks and milkshakes.
  • Motorwagen on Adelaide Street. With an extensive menu of sweet and savoury breakfast dishes, it makes a perfect weekend morning treat.
  • Obala at Kirra Beach. If you're heading out of the city for the day, try this café at Coolangatta for tasty lunch and breakfast options.

What are the best veggie and vegan options in Brisbane?

It might be trendier and now beloved by many of the latest food bloggers across Australia, but vegetarian and vegan food has always been a big part of Brisbane's culinary scene. Here are just a few highly rated cafés where you can enjoy meat and dairy-free dishes:

  • Cakes by Judy C in Ashgrove. Boasting a delicious array of sweet treats, this bakery also has plenty of gluten-free options on its menu.
  • Curry n Cask in Corinda. Serving all kinds of Indian vegetarian and vegan dishes on its lunch menu, from chaat to bhelpuri.
  • Burger Institute in Milton. Explore gluten-free and vegetarian burgers on its menu, alongside its traditional meaty offerings if visiting with a carnivore friend.