One of Brisbane’s newest cafes, Pineapple Express is a healthy foodie’s dream, serving up mouthwatering acai bowls and delicious breakfast items….
Perched on the corner of Enoggera Terrace in Red Hill, Plum Tucker is a delightful cafe abounding with character and charm. With an all day breakfast and lunch menu, Plum Tucker places emphasis on fresh, wholesome food with a home-style feel, ensuring full bellies and happy faces all around….
Coco Bliss Superfood Bar is an oasis for acai bowl and smoothie bowl lovers, with an impressive menu offering a variety of dreamy flavour combinations. Having recently moved across the road to a bigger, brighter and more open space, Coco Bliss is an acai haven with an infectious coastal vibe….
Just over one month old, Bowen Arrow Cafe has quickly carved out a strong reputation among business + casual folk in the expanding suburb of Bowen Hills. The cafe’s stunning, minimalist, industrial-inspired interior is a welcome refuge from the busy streets and the menu is a delight to behold.
Open for all day breakfast and lunch, Bowen Arrow’s menu is succinct yet comprehensive, with classic favourites such as Smashed Avocado on Sourdough, Eggs Benedict, Waffles and Scrambled Eggs on Sourdough. With an emphasis on wholesome + fresh food, the menu also features modern twists including Açaí Bowls and vegan Sweet Potato Rosti w/ Pineapple + Corn Salsa.
Bowen Arrow Cafe is fast becoming famous for their gourmet sweet + savoury bagels. The options change daily according to seasonal produce but on the menu you’ll find the regulars Bacon + Egg Bagel and Vego Bagel w/ Portobello Mushroom, Avocado + Balsamic Glaze.
This morning I ordered the Sweet Potato Rosti and Açaí Bowl (what’s breakfast without dessert, right?), both which satisfied my savoury and sweet tooth. The Rosti — served on a bed of baby spinach with pineapple + corn salsa, herbed cashew cream, coriander + lemon — was fresh and tasty, albeit a touch too salty. I enjoyed how the slight spiciness was balanced with the sweet pineapple + corn salsa and the velvety cashew cream.
The Açaí Bowl was one of the best I’ve had in Brisbane. The thick, smooth and delicious açaí base was generously heaped with fresh strawberry + kiwi, coconut, nut + seed mix, dried fruit, cacao nibs and pomegranate arils. It was an absolute pleasure to tuck in to.
I also ordered my first Matcha Latte made on almond milk, and it did not disappoint. I’m a big green tea fan, so the familiar flavour was an absolute treat when combined with the creamy almond milk.
The interior at Bowen Arrow Cafe is enough to make you weak at the knees. A high black ceiling, hanging lights, wood veneer + brick walls, shiny white feature tiles, recycled wood tables, wall-mounted wooden planters. The style is clean and crisp, yet thoroughly inviting.
Bowen Arrow Cafe is a great spot to stop in for breakfast or lunch, though note that parking can be a little tricky to find. With fresh + delicious food — as well as mouthwatering raw treats — Bowen Arrow is a gorgeous space to get your nutritious breakfast fix.
Perhaps the best way to describe Botanica Real Food is that it’s a treasure. Situated in the charming suburb of Red Hill, Botanica is a gem of a place offering fresh & delicious savoury and sweet treats made with love and passion.
Owned and run by chef duo Alison & Brett Hutley, Botanica places emphasis on real food, as their name suggests – like Brett explains, Botanica is about food that comes from the earth, not a packet.
And this philosophy rings true in every single item they create. It’s takeaway food, but not as you know it – famous for serving up fresh, seasonal and nutritious salads, Botanica is closer to gourmet catering, just made accessible and affordable.
In just two years, Botanica has garnered an astounding reputation for its impeccable, high-quality food items, including their daily made salads, winter soups, mouthwatering gluten free treats and, more recently, breakfast.
From 9am onwards you will find the enamel trays abounding with vibrant salads. However, between 6 and 9am something extra special happens: the cabinet boasts an array of mouthwatering breakfast dishes. The breakfast menu changes slightly daily depending on seasonal produce, but you will usually find Blueberry + Apple Crumble, Honey Nut Overnight Oats, Greek Yogurt and Coconut Yogurt with Poached Fruit, Chia Pudding, and Seasonal Fruit Salad.
Simply choose up to 5 dishes (I lie, it’s incredibly difficult to choose!) and take your breakfast home, to work or to a picnic brunch in Botanica’s signature breakfast box.
Alongside the delicious usuals, this morning’s variations were Rice + Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon Stewed Apples, and Hazelnut + Cacao Chia Pudding. I was lucky enough to be able to try all 7 dishes on offer this morning, and I can say with absolute conviction that everything was beautiful.
With dairy free, vegan and gluten free options, breakfast at Botanica caters to all individuals without sacrificing taste or substance. Each breakfast item is vibrant, unique in flavour and texture, and truly satisfying.
I can’t pick just one favourite breakfast item from the menu, but I did particularly enjoy the Blueberry + Apple Crumble and Rice + Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon Stewed Apples.
And we can’t forget the sweet treats, which are nothing short of divine. From bundt cakes to cupcakes to brownies, Botanica offers daily made gluten free treats that will have you salivating by the sight.
Botanica exudes a distinct warmth and realness – I think this sincere nature, as well as their consistently impeccable food, is why Botanica is so well loved by Brisbane locals. This, on top of the refreshing interior and friendly staff, make every trip to Botanica an absolute dream.
I’ve been dying to visit Pawpaw for breakfast for a long time now and with stunning renovations having just been completed, I thought what a better time to finally brunch at Pawpaw Café than this morning.
Let me first say that the café itself is just a dream. The all white exterior, with a Balinese inspired interior, radiates warmth and character. Imagine wooden tables and chairs; charming muted walls; pops of colour from plants, tableware and green & navy stools; upcycled shelves; and a gorgeous green palm tree feature wall painted by a local Brisbane artist.
The building in which Pawpaw lies reminds me of a big, old Queenslander home — the entrance + main space is dark and cosy, while the adjoining room is an open space full of light and surrounded by big, beautiful windows.
Owned and run by the ever-talented Giorgina Venzin, the whole café is so incredibly welcoming and cosy, and it gives you that feeling like you could be there for hours just enjoying the space and – of course – the delicious food.
And the food. Ah, the food. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Pawpaw offers a delicious range of fresh, succulent meals. The menu boasts a perfect balance of indulgent and wholesome, with many choices for those who are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.
For Breakfast, the options include Chia Bircher with Poached Seasonal Fruit, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Your Way on Toast, Brioche French Toast, Breakfast Burritos, Asian Omlette, Cocowhip Breakfast Bowl — it was almost impossible to choose!
For my first Pawpaw experience I decided on the Avocado Plate — a beautifully balanced dish of rye toast topped with velvety roasted walnut hummus, cherry tomatoes, buttery avocado, micro greens and macadamia dukkah.
It. Was. Divine. Honestly, words are failing me. The creamy hummus + avocado and the light, fluffy toast paired perfectly with the cherry tomatoes and the tart-but-sweet balsamic glaze. The whole meal was faultless. I enjoyed the dish with an English Breakfast and one of the most delicious, indulgent smoothies I’ve tasted in Brisbane: the Peanut Butter Cup – made with banana, PB, coconut + cacao protein and almond milk.
Pawpaw, along with sister café (and one of my fave cafés) Picnic, is also one of the only places in Brisbane that serves Cocowhip, a completely vegan soft serve made from coconut water and coconut probiotic. Cocowhip is available at Pawpaw as a Sundae, on its own, and as a Breakfast Bowl topped with granola and seasonal fruit. My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of trying it a few weekends ago from Pawpaw’s late light express window (so cute!). As you’d expect, the Cocowhip Sundaes are unbelievable.
I feel like I could go on for days about Pawpaw, but I’ll stop. With a beautiful interior, friendly staff and faultless menu, Pawpaw is an inspiring and welcoming café wholly deserving of its sterling reputation.
Located on Given Terrace in the charming suburb of Paddington, Paleo Café provides not only fresh, nutritious and delicious meals + drinks, but also a supportive community for customers on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Perfect for those with food intolerances & sensitivities, the Paleo Café menu is completely free of dairy, grains, gluten, refined sugar and preservatives. But even if you’re not Paleo or don’t fall under the aforementioned categories, you are guaranteed to enjoy a fresh, nourishing meal or drink that doesn’t compromise on taste.
Serving breakfast until 11.30am, the Paleo Café winter menu boasts Warm Chia Seed Porridge with Apple, Dates + Berry Swirl; Smashed Avocado + Poached Eggs on Paleo Toast; Eggs Benedict; and Bacon + Poached Eggs with Sauteed Baby Spinach + Sweet Potato Rosti.
This morning for my brunch visit I ordered the Banana Pancakes, while my boyfriend went for the Australian classic — Smashed Avocado + Poached Eggs on Toast.
Having enjoyed the Banana Pancakes before, I knew I was in for a treat. Though not your typical pancakes, the flourless Pancakes — with slices of ripe banana cooked in the pan and served with Berry Compote + Whipped Coconut Cream — were divine.
The Smashed Avocado was also delicious, but not being Paleo ourselves, we did miss the usual thick sourdough rye. In saying that, the absence of bread and za’atar for some spice was certainly made up for by Paleo Café‘s famous Salted Caramel smoothie and a Berricool smoothie, which was packed with berries, mango and pineapple.
I’ve been wanting to brunch at Picnic Café for a while now as I’d heard amazing things, and as expected, my first visit was nothing less than splendid.
Located on the quiet, charming Martha Street in Camp Hill, Picnic Café is a welcoming space which positively oozes a cosy picnic vibe with its wood + white interior, outdoor-style tables and little wooden boxes + falcon enamelware mugs holding cutlery at each table. Geometric splashes of turquoise, salmon, blue and green paint on the ceiling act as a lovely finishing touch to the Venzin Group café.
Open for all day breakfast and lunch, Picnic is a family-friendly café where food lovers can take delight in fresh, seasonal meals and delicious smoothies. Their breakfast menu boasts scrumptious items like Oat + Chia Bircher with Coyo and Seasonal Fruits; Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes with Pistachio, Berries + Burnt Vanilla Maple; Green Chilli Scrambled Eggs with Polenta Chips; Smoked Salmon + Potato Hash with Poached Eggs + Roasted Tomato; plus more!
As I looked over the impressive menu, my eyes immediately fixed on the Smashed Avo topped with Za’atar on Rye Toast.
In harmony with the café’s picnic theme, the Smashed Avo was presented on a wooden board and looked utterly delectable. Perfectly ripe + creamy avocado, thick + earthy rye toast, flavoursome za’atar, smoked salmon and grilled tomatoes — just divine.
The staff were also incredibly accommodating to my dairy & egg intolerance. It was so hard to resist the Poached Eggs and Feta that the original meal comes with, but I honestly didn’t feel like I missed out. My meal was not only succulent but left me feeling satisfied and content.
Picnic also offers a fridge full of freshly baked cakes, including gluten free options, as well as mouthwatering Nodo Donuts. I’m eager to return to try out the other breakfasts, as well as the lunch items, cakes and smoothies.
With its charming interior, friendly staff and scrumptious food, Picnic is a delightful café which deserves its superlative reputation.