Brisbane’s best internationally-flavoured breakies | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane’s best internationally-flavoured breakies

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Coffee
  • Hot Drinks

Breakfast is a beautiful, multicultural thing, people.

We’re going to keep it real with you: it’s only February, and we haven’t really been sticking to our budgeting goals that we set for 2020. So no, unfortunately we won’t be able to afford those plane tickets around the world just yet… 

At least we’ve got breakfast food to cheer us up! And to keep things international, we’ve rounded up the best cafés to hit up that will make you feel like a real globe trotter.  

Maria Carribean Kitchen | Toowong  

Maria Carribean is the closest thing you’ll get to feeling like you’re on a white sand beach sippin’ on a cocktail, and that’s a big Sunday morning vibe (yes, alcohol included). Their breakfast menu is nothing short of soulful food, paying tribute to the Caribbean and its exotic flavours. Sit back, relax, and order the naughty but delicious Cubano sandwich, or their pina colada smoothie bowl for something a little healthier!

Cafe O’Mai | Annerley 

Mai oh Mai…the sweet sound to our ears. Cafe O’Mai will pho-rever be on our favourites list, with flavours that keep us coming back for more. They’ve perfected the East meets West, with the East transporting you to Vietnam for comfort on a plate (or bowl). Trust us when we say that their pho game is on point, and perfect for that Sunday brunchin’ with a Vietnamese twist. Oh…and if you haven’t tried Vietnamese iced coffee yet, you’re missing out BIG TIME! 

West End Coffee House | West End 

Spice up your mornings with this West End gem, where quality coffee meets delicious Thai inspired breakfast plates. Haven’t heard of a pad Thai burrito before? Well you have now, and it’ll have you drooling at every bite. 

Kimchi Cheese Smile | East Brisbane  

They had us at Kimchi. Restaurant by night, and perfect weekend breakfast spot by morning, Kimchi Cheese Smile is a rare find that puts Korean flavours at the forefront. Their breakfast menu is a perfect balance between Korean inspiration and Western technique. You’ll be devouring the likes of Kimchi cheese rice with mozzarella and double smoked bacon, along with the Bulgogi panini with soy sauce beef squeezed into Turkish toast, and custard waffles for those who are feeling something a little sweet! 

Lokal + Co | West End  

Scandinavian vibes are strong on the forecast lately, and we’re all for it. This neighbourhood eatery is serving up breakfast favourites with a Nordic twist, bringing the best of both worlds into one delicious plate. Whip out those birkenstocks (without socks, please) and make your way to this cafe for ricotta and blueberry dumplings with mascarpone, dark cherry sauce and biscuit crumbs, or potato waffles with house-cured salmon gravlax, citrus onions and salmon pearls. 

Hellenika | Fortitude Valley  

If you’re after breakfast in style, then this one’s for you. Start your day off right by walking up the iconic Calie stairway and heading straight towards Hellenika for breakfast by the pool. The menu features the likes of Greek French toast with bruléed banana, smoked ocean trout and poached eggs with grilled halloumi and traditional sardines on toast. It may not be Santorini, but the flavours will make it feel pretty damn close. 

King Street Bakery | Bowen Hills 

Get your Parisian chic on at King Street Bakery, with a coffee and croissant in hand to kick-start your day. If you feel like something more substantial (but equally as wholesome), take a seat and enjoy their french influenced a-la-carte menu. We’re talking about the likes of pan fried French toast with plum and rhubarb compote and honey cream, or housemade waffles with smoked bacon and maple syrup to hit those savoury notes. Oui, merci! 

Naim | Paddington  

Remember when everyone was going crazy over hummus? Well those days are still in full-swing…Forget the Acai bowl, and bring on the equally nutritious (at least we think so) hummus bowl from Naim that you can enjoy for breakfast! If you couldn’t already tell, we are very much into the Middle-Eastern approach to breakfast, and this Paddington cafe does it oh so well, with shakshuka, falafel benedict, baklava waffles and more! 


You’ll be feeling so cultured after checking these off your bucket list! 

Words by Charlotte Ranaivoharison
- The gourmand who needs breakie to cure her eggsistential crisis