Plenty is a cafe with a out-and-proud social conscience, aiming ‘to forge links between [the] city community and regional farmers, and to help our children better understand where this delicious food comes from’. This mantra underpins Plenty’s attitude to brekkie too with the cafe proposing to ‘serve meals without trickery, and showcase products with organic intentions and responsible origins’. New menus are posted every Thursday on Plenty’s Facebook page, such is the fast turnaround on the seasonal and local ingredients being sourced. Regular offerings, however, are known to include the large Manoushi Lebanese breakfast pizza topped with fried egg, lamb shoulder, fresh tomato, caramelized onion, hummus and mixed leaves, cheesy onion toast with ham hock and eggs; and buttermilk hotcakes with a brown sugar, poached pear and cinnamon mascarpone. The industrial chic decor of the cafe also notably accentuates the celebration of all things organic. It has exposed timber studs, unclad ceilings and mismatched seating.
284 Montague Rd, West End QLD, Australia, +61 7 3255 3330
An unassuming shopfront disguises a charming and cozy West End nook, replete with quirky suspended bicycle decor and intimate exposed lightbulb fixtures. Sandwiches are the main gastronomic offering at Posto, an otherwise popular streetside coffee takeout vendor. Breakfast standouts are the bircher muesli and the Lucky Lucky – avocado, tomato and halloumi nestling atop a thick slice of toasted sourdough. Extremely well-received in local West End circles, this is the perfect haunt for catching up on the weekend papers.
A newcomer among the brunch doyennes of the West End, Tazza Coffee occupies the space previously belonging to Cup Coffee. Before you mourn the loss of another outstanding single-origin espresso brewer in the city, be aware that this new hip and trendy cafe is equally invested in the art of great coffee brewing. They have the sophisticated equipment to prove it. Foodies will be just as enamored with the economically friendly brunch menu and perhaps overtly partial to the sautéed mushrooms and poached eggs with avocado and feta mash and asparagus.
85 Russell St, West End QLD, Australia, +61 7 3846 3746
Sol Breads are here to spread the message that carbohydrates are our friends. To that end, their bakery is entirely dedicated to creating delicious whole food ingredient breads and spurning the use of chemical agents and additives. The West End outpost is well worth a morning visit on account of its expertly crafted classic pastries that guarantee a satisfying continental breakfast: croissants, chunky fruit toasts, frittatas and muffins. What’s more, the carb focus of the menu means that Sol Breads is a welcome option for vegetarian and vegan brunchers.
23-27 Vulture St, West End QLD, Australia, +61 7 3255 1225
Five Sisters Art House Coffee
Tucked away between the South Bank and the West End in a heritage-listed building is Five Sisters Art House Coffee. This place is a Greek cuisine-indebted brunch hangout. Aside from the classics, pulled off expertly – eggs Benedict, bircher muesli with fresh fruit, avocado on sourdough and the big cooked breakfast – you’ll find a selection of sweet and savory Greek treats. These include the Greek omelet with halloumi, feta, bacon and tomato. The piece de resistance is that Five Sisters serves locally roasted organic and fair-trade coffee, accompanied by baked goodies and baklava. A welcoming West End institution that is a calming respite on the Autumn weekends.
141 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD, Australia, +61 7 3846 5904
West End Coffee House
A local specialty, West End Coffee House is tucked off Boundary Street, quietly but impressively serving up Asian-inspired breakfasts. Classics such as bircher muesli, crispy fried eggs with avocado and homemade bacon jam on sourdough, and scrambled eggs are present. However, the truly inspiring and eye-catching menu items are cucca sardines with Japanese mayo, rocket, lemon and sourdough toast; and Laos sausage with wok-fried eggs, steamed rice, crunchy herbed salad and prik nam pla. Stick around until lunchtime and you’ll be treated to the Thai street food style lunch menu.
80 Vulture St, West End QLD, Australia, +61 421 550 809
If classic brunch offerings are a little too generic for you, then take your tastebuds to the other side of the world with Wrapture’s Middle Eastern-flavored wraps. Gorge on chicken and lamb kofta wraps, ranging from the delicate to the fiery-spiced. Vegan and vegetarian diners can take on the falloumi wrap (yes, that’s falafel and halloumi). Complement your brekkie wrap with a spiced coffee, organic cola or chai iced chocolate to set up your morning and keep you buzzing until lunch o’clock.
71 Russell Street, West End QLD, Australia, +61 7 3844 4444