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Best Coffee in Brisbane From a Local

Best Coffee in Brisbane From a Local

If you are looking for the best coffee Brisbane, then you have come to the right place. Here are the Aussie Tourist we love our coffee AND we are locals so we have hunted down the best coffee in Brisbane just for you 😉 Now don’t say I never do anything for you!

Brisbane, and Australia for that matter love their coffee. I would go so far as to say Australia is one of the best places to go in the world for coffee (I know big call!) Well, it might not be as good as Italy for say an espresso but if you love great milk and great foam, Brisbane has just what you are after – there is seriously no shortage of awesome places to get your coffee fix in Brisbane.

Best coffee in Brisbane

Bellissimo Coffee

If you ask someone in Brisbane where they will get the best coffee, many will answer you, Bellissimo Coffee of course! Opening in 2009, Bellissimo never ceases to disappoint. What many people like about bellissimo is that they source their beans locally. You can also buy your coffee beans there.

One great thing about this brand as due to the fact it has done so well there are now numerous stores around Brisbane including Fortitude Valley, Bulimba and Coorparoo.



Brisbane locals love a good Sunday brunch and where other to do it than Spoon Deli and cafe in New Farm in Brisbane. Not only does Spoon do a really good breakfast in Brisbane but they make a seriously good cup of coffee.

Although I will note that they make the coffee a little on the strong side so I caution people who like a strong cup of coffee to go there.

If you have kids, across from Spoon is a popular gelato bar which serves sensational ice cream and milkshakes.

After a good cup, take a stroll through James St for some of Brisbane’s best shopping.

John Mills Himself

Located in the Brisbane CBD on Elizabeth Street in a 1917 brick exposed building, John Mills Himself Cafe is one of the best places in the city for coffee, sweets and specialty cocktails.

By day, this cafe serves great coffee and if you are still around by nightfall it turns into a cool, hipster bar.

Make sure you try one of their donuts when you go in for a coffee – they are well worth the calories.

Merlos Paddington

Merlos in Paddington has some great baristas which make an awesome cup. The Paddington locals love it and some come even as much as twice a day to get their coffee fix so you know it’s gunna be good.

Another thing that is good about Merlos Paddington is that it is doggy-friendly and even has a pay per wash doggy bar so it is a great place to stop on a walk in Brisbane with your furry friends.

Three are also other branches of Merlos in Brisbane including at Cooparoo.

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Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar

When you ask someone “who has the best coffee in Brisbane” many will respond with the Big Bad Wolff Espresso Bar.

If you want to enjoy a cup from a Master Roaster, here is the place to do it. There are very few master roasters in Australia and Peter Wolff is one of those few.

The warehouse espresso bar is located in inner suburb of Hendra next to their very own “college of coffee” where new baristas are trained and roasting headquarters.

This coffee shop specialises in a nitro-cold-brew so if you are into new and interesting things, why not give it a try.


Bunker Coffee

If you are looking for unique cafes in Brisbane then this is certainly a good option.

this cafe is actually a converted 1940s war bunker – pretty cool huh?

It’s a pretty small cafe with limited seating but it is worth the trip, especially if you are looking for something different and interesting to do on the weekend. This shop specialises in having a different blend to try each week.

If the shop is full, there are many other coffee shops to try along the popular Park Rd.


This is one of the most instagrammable coffee shops in Brisbane. What we love about this cafe is that it serves up the super unique rainbow latte.

The best part is that the coffee is not sweet and tastes just as good as a regular latte just with some awesome art on top. What’s the secret? The art is in food dye.

Edward Specialty Coffee

If you are a city worker this is another awesome coffee shop located in the heart of Brisbane city, Edward Specialty Coffee.

Specialty Coffee makes coffee of the highest quality that is produced in special microclimates, thus delivering distinctive flavours.They also serve some particularly tasty brownies.

Neighbourhood Coffee

One of the best coffee shops in Brisbane is located in a quiet little pocket of Bardon. In a converted house, this coffee shop is a favourite with locals as it makes a seriously good cup.

If you like to support sustainable business, this is a good choice as they are proud users of a ZeroWaste composting system and recyclable takeaway cups.

Contessa by Black Star

This shop started selling cold brew in Davies Park Markets. Now they have expanded to 3 Brisbane coffee shops selling some of the cities very best brew.

One thing that people like about Contessa is that they roast the beans on a 1958 model Probat drum roaster. This creates the incredible flavour the locals love.

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