Whether you know it as the most important meal of the day, or the excuse to get your bacon fix bright and early, let’s face it: breakfast is half the reason we can stop slamming our hands on the snooze button. Well, eventually.
For city workers, grabbing brekky in the CBD is the perfect balance of avoiding work ‘til absolutely necessary and dodging the stale cereal sitting in your kitchen cupboard. Just a warning: these city breakfast spots may actually have you excited to get out of bed.
Take it from someone who’s well and truly familiar with glaring at the alarm clock until it’s far past the time to get up – the blue waters beside Riverbar & Kitchen make for a much prettier sight. From pancakes topped with nectarines, mascarpone, pistachios and maple syrup to hearty serves of soft-boiled eggs, chorizo and sourdough, be prepared to become your arch-nemesis: the morning person.
Whatever level of hanger you’ve reached of a morning (we’re usually at about 13 out of 10), Metropole has you covered with a speedy menu available from Monday to Friday. From a cappuccino and a toastie to full big breakfast piled with bacon, eggs, hash browns and sausages, there’s no excuse to go without the most important meal of the day with this food hub ready and waiting from 6am.
Botero | Adelaide Street
Longtime caffeine savior Botero is ready to become your cherished morning retreat. The all-too-necessary pre-work coffee stop can have you bounding ‘round the office ‘til lunchtime with plates of eggs benny and brioche French toast served with grilled banana, maple syrup, and vanilla whipped cream.
Here’s a secret: a hot brekky without the guilt is possible, especially when you search out secret café Felix for Goodness. The hideaway wholefoods spot crafts everything on the menu from scratch, so sit back with a matcha or turmeric latte and dig into tastes like the Felix big breakfast with potato hash, merguez sausage, charred paprika broccolini, poached eggs, spiced labneh, and avocado.
We’d like to take this opportunity to apologise to the morning for cursing it out so much. We’d also like to warn anyone who attempts to take us from Coffee Anthology’s brekky brioche roll packed with an omelette, thick cut bacon, red eye mayo and cheddar. We will fight you.
Strauss | Elizabeth Street
Your CBD breakfast can now start as early as 6.30 (or so we hear – only crazy people are up that early) with this spot for coffee and cold pressed juice with your poached eggs or cheeky AM sweet treat. Trust us, you’ll need plenty of time to work your way through the various coffee blends – may as well have brekky while you’re at it.
Yes, Brisbane’s famous burger spot is plating up pre-noon ‘Murican eats, and yes – you’ve been missing out. Other than giving you a good giggle whenever someone orders the sausage party burger, Miss Kay’s is worth checking out if you’re keen for fried chicken and waffles – a relentless plate of chipolatas, bacon, fried chicken, eggs, mushroom and toast. Not suited for those who need to move for the 3 hours after breakfast.
Cicada | George Street
Looking for a breakfast stop that’ll have you buzzing all morning? The salad buffs at Cicada are about to make your morning-time routine all the more convenient. Stop in for a fresh serve of smashed avo on toast, or fulfil that sweet-tooth early with a slice of banana bread with Nutella butter.
When we’ve got a choice between eating in our kitchen (ahem, stale bread) and Kitchen Sanitarium, we’ll already be chowing down on Eagle Street. Their menu reads as a long list of thoughtfully-prepped, guilt-free brekky items, sporting superstars like their breakfast burrito with spinach, ricotta, poached eggs, blackbean, salsa, and chipotle aioli.
Just call us cereal killers.
Words by Samantha Chariton