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Say good morning to Stones Corner's charming newcomer Buenos Dias Con Cafe
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Say good morning to Stones Corner’s charming newcomer Buenos Dias Con Cafe

Starting the day on a positive note is important, even if it's something simple like getting a good breakfast or making the train with time to spare. A good cup of coffee also does wonders for our morning mood, especially if it's accompanied by a smile. Buenos Dias Con Cafe is the kind of coffee spot where smiles come free with every cup. This genial nook has cultivated a huge outpouring of community love – and it’s only been open three weeks. Read on to see why folks are making a visit to this Stones Corner cafe a morning priority ... more

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Introducing The Maillard Project – Coffee Anthology's spiffy caffeine-slinging sibling
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Introducing The Maillard Project – Coffee Anthology’s spiffy caffeine-slinging sibling

Brisbane City's specialty coffee scene is positively percolating right now, more so than ever thanks to the long-awaited arrival of The Maillard Project. The anticipated concept from the brains behind Coffee Anthology officially opened on Charlotte Street last week, unveiling a holistic offering that encompasses good coffee (naturally), toothsome fare and enlightening education opportunities. This isn't your run-of-the-mill decoction destination – The Maillard Project is a welcoming social hub for coffee lovers, coffee roasters and coffee brewers. more

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Cups on Wellington brings a splash of colourful (and caffeinated) charm to East Brisbane
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Cups on Wellington brings a splash of colourful (and caffeinated) charm to East Brisbane

If we had things our way, we'd place a top-notch coffee joint on every street corner. Much to every city planner's relief, we're not in charge – but Brisbane's coffee scene is growing at such a rate that we're almost convinced we're manifesting new caffeine dispensaries in every direction. Cups on Wellington is East Brisbane's newest brew spot – a charming pitstop that not only ticks all of the boxes when it comes to specialty coffee, but also delivers the goods with its mouth-watering eats. more

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Here's the tea – Botanical Lab opens its new sips and sweets cafe in West End
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Here’s the tea – Botanical Lab opens its new sips and sweets cafe in West End

One of Brisbane's most beloved tea dispensaries has evolved. After drumming up a loyal following from its cosy Bakery Lane tea house, Botanical Lab has moved across the river – reopening in a bright and airy space in the heart of West End. Not only do guests now have more room to sip on pots of aromatic oolong, comforting masala chai and sweet boba-filled bubble teas, they can dip a spoon into indulgent soft-serve parfaits or nibble on Botanical Lab's new range of tea-infused cakes and treats. more

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The round-up: Brisbane's best new restaurant and cafe openings of the year (so far)
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best new restaurant and cafe openings of the year (so far)

Look, we get it. Since March there has been a lot happening at home and abroad that has understandably required our attention and shifted our priorities. It's been easy to miss things such as new foodie arrivals, especially when we've been forced to stay inside as much as possible. Seeing that restrictions have eased somewhat, now is a great time to acquaint yourself with these newcomers. We've compiled a handy list of some of the best new restaurant and cafe openings that have occurred over the past few months. more

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Savour the tastes of Colombia at East Brisbane's Cafetal Coffee Roasters
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Savour the tastes of Colombia at East Brisbane’s Cafetal Coffee Roasters

Even in the peak of the recent widespread hospitality lockdown, Brisbane's demand for coffee never dipped. Even if we could only channel our caffeinated energies into pacing around our homes, the daily coffee trip was a ritual that remained crucial to maintaining a sense of normalcy. Cafetal Coffee Roasters arrived on the scene in May and immediately filled a gap in the East Brisbane and Woolloongabba markets with its freshly roasted and artfully brewed coffee, made from beans imported from Colombia. A few months have passed and Cafetal Coffee Roasters has settled into a nice groove. If you've been looking to expand your coffee-seeking radius, read on to see why this emerging outfit is worth a visit! more

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Awesome abundance – Plentiful Cafe brings good food and good vibes to Graceville
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Awesome abundance – Plentiful Cafe brings good food and good vibes to Graceville

South-west of the Brisbane CBD in the laid-back suburb of Graceville sits a gorgeous cafe that has managed to fly under the radar's of the city's brunch-hunting multitudes. Although locals would prefer to keep this on-trend eatery their little secret, this newcomer is too good not to share. Plentiful Cafe opened quietly in March, enduring the pandemic lockdown and emerging out the other side as a contender for the title of 2020's best new cafe. Boasting a menu of elevated brunch classics designed to inspire beatific contentedness, an air of casual cool balanced by professional attentiveness and an overall sense of genuine bonhomie, there are a bevy of reasons as to why Plentiful is worth marking on your must-try list. more

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The round-up: Brisbane's best cheap eats
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best cheap eats

Rent is due and you are still a few days away from getting your paycheque – but your stomach is growling and you need to feed as soon as possible for as cheap as possible. Instead of hitting the closest drive-thru and settling for fast food, there are plenty of places around town that offer cheap eats that are damn tasty. It’s time to get creative with how you spend your dollars – stretch your money by taking advantage of the following best value for money meals in Brisbane. more


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The round-up: what's open this Ekka public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open this Ekka public holiday

It's hard to comprehend the Ekka – a staple of Brisbane's winter calendar – not taking place like usual, but it's safe to say that 2020 hasn't been a typical year. Although the beloved Royal Queensland Show might not be going ahead as we know it, we’re still getting a day off! That's right – the traditional Ekka public holiday has been moved to Friday August 14, which means we have a long weekend ahead of us. Many of Brisbane's eateries are opening their doors on the day, so if you've been cooped up inside for too long and are hankering for some quintessential cafe fare, top-tier restaurant dining or even a tipple or two, have a look at our list of what's operating this Friday! more

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Wolfgang Specialty Coffee brings brilliant brew to Spring Hill
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Wolfgang Specialty Coffee brings brilliant brew to Spring Hill

The inner-city coffee scene is as competitive as it gets in Brisbane – meaning any new entrant has to know their stuff if they want to make a mark. Leave it to The Black Lab Coffee Co. team to know exactly what it takes to impress. The flourishing Brisbane-born roaster has opened a bevy of venues across town over the past few years, earning a cult following thanks to its people-oriented service model and excellent coffee to boot. The group's new cafe – Wolfgang Specialty Coffee – opened in Spring Hill in June, and looks to continue The Black Lab's upward trajectory as one of the city's savviest caffeine distributors. more

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Savour ube waffles and breakfast bruschetta at Joedy's Cafe in New Farm
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Savour ube waffles and breakfast bruschetta at Joedy’s Cafe in New Farm

With its riverside location, proximity to dining hubs and boasting one of the best picnic spots in town, we've never really needed any excuses to spend time in New Farm. That being said, if it's been a minute since you've ventured to the leafy heart of Brisbane's inner-north, we've got the perfect reason to go. Joedy's Cafe is an exciting new entrant on the local cafe scene that is delivering the goods when it comes to food, coffee and service. The cafe has come out of the lockdown period firing on all cylinders and locals have been flocking in droves to get a taste of the fare. If you've been seeking a new brunch spot to add to your itinerary, we think this is one place worth checking out. more

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Method to the Madness raises the curtain on its scrumptious new offering
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Method to the Madness raises the curtain on its scrumptious new offering

If you examine the works of William Shakespeare, you notice that many of his works are comprised of multiple distinct acts bridging beginning and end. Much like one of The Bard's iconic works, Kenmore's Shakespeare-inspired eatery Method to the Madness is penning a new act, having already set the stage with its well-received 2018 opening and first year of trade. The coming months will see the cafe transform its all-day offering and also bring back its beloved dinner service, adding a few tantalising twists that fans of enlivening culinary theatre will relish. more

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Brisbane's restaurants and cafes reopening for dine-in service
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Brisbane’s restaurants and cafes reopening for dine-in service

After months of lockdowns and takeaway-only feasts, it seems like going out for dinner is finally back on the menu. The first stage of easing the federal and state restrictions has commenced, meaning that restaurants and cafes can slowly start to welcome diners back in groups of ten from Saturday May 16. If you're not up to date on the government's three stage plan to reopen, you can catch up here, but essentially there will be a gradual removal of restrictions until venues are back to serving at full capacity. As great as this news is, it's important to remember that we're not out of the woods yet, so it's crucial that restaurants and diners adhere to safety measures otherwise we'll be back at square one in no time. If you're keen to dine out, make sure you book – nearly all restaurants and cafes will be implementing strict reservation-only policies, so be sure to check in with the… more

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Fresh catch – Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers arrive on King Street
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Fresh catch – Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers arrive on King Street

If we were to definitively rank our favourite comfort foods, fish and chips would have to slot in somewhere at the top of our lists. The combination of crunchy golden chips and crispy fish is an all-time winning tandem, and when you throw snacks such as potato scallops and calamari into the mix it's hard to refute its status at the top. Those of you that vibe with our fish-and-chip assessment will be stoked to hear that a new source of the battered bounty arrived in Bowen Hills yesterday along with a top-notch coffee spot right next door. Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers is a handy one-two punch for lunch seekers and caffeine sippers – cast a line and see what's good ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Little Salt gets set to perk up James Street
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Pavement Whispers: Little Salt gets set to perk up James Street

One of Brisbane's most stylish shopping and dining precincts is about to get a caffeine injection in the form of Little Salt – a brand-new cafe from the brains behind Newstead success story Salt Coffee Roasters. Arriving in late-July, Little Salt will be serving phenomenal brew and grab-and-go bites with the same convivial laid-back atmosphere of its older sibling. more

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Say g'day to East Brisbane's new cafe arrival Hey Joe Coffee Co.
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Say g’day to East Brisbane’s new cafe arrival Hey Joe Coffee Co.

There's nothing like a few months of lockdown to remind us of how much we adore brunch. The news that cafes are reopening for dine-in service is akin to the sun breaking through dark clouds, reinvigorating our souls. Okay, maybe we're a little too excited about dining out, but how could we not be when it also means that long-awaited cafe arrivals are finally opening! Hey Joe Coffee Co. is a brand-new eatery that is officially opening its doors today, Wednesday June 24, after some lockdown-related delays. Hungry hordes can expect an amalgam of contemporary Australian cafe service, London-inspired aesthetics and a sprinkle of Indian flavour across its all-day menu. more

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Stock up and recharge at pop-up providore Long Island Refuel in Newstead
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Stock up and recharge at pop-up providore Long Island Refuel in Newstead

If you regularly mosey down Longland Street in Newstead, you might have noticed a few changes at local cafe Long Island. The shelves are now lined with an assortment of gourmet deli goods, nutritious snacks, ready-to-eat meals and top-shelf booze on top of barista-brewed coffee and pastries. This Newstead locale is now operating under new ownership and they've got big plans in the works for the space later this year. But first, here are some details on what they're serving up right now ... more

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Only. Specialty Coffee unveils its new HQ in the heart of Fortitude Valley
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Only. Specialty Coffee unveils its new HQ in the heart of Fortitude Valley

After planting roots in the Brisbane City coffee scene and scoring a following of discerning caffeine-loving clientele, the crew behind Only. Specialty Coffee is shifting gears. The team is pivoting from grab-and-go service to something a with a mellower pace, opening a new stylishly minimalist outlet inside Brunswick Street's T C Beirne building. Now Only. isn't only serving coffee – there's a whole new menu of eats to go with an expanded selection of brew for you to slow down and enjoy. more

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Byron-born caffeine crew Moonshine Coffee opens its first Brisbane joint in Kangaroo Point
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Byron-born caffeine crew Moonshine Coffee opens its first Brisbane joint in Kangaroo Point

As the restrictions on restaurants, bars and cafes started to ease over the past couple of weeks, Kangaroo Point residents emerged from their iso-bubbles to the smell of coffee. While we were in lockdown, the brains from Byron Bay's Moonshine Coffee Roasters had been biding their time, waiting for strict restrictions to be lifted before properly unveiling their first Brisbane cafe. Moonshine Coffee softly opened in early May, and it has added a tasty slice of the Northern Rivers to our local caffeine scene. more

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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the coronavirus threat
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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the coronavirus threat

UPDATE March 23, 2020: We told you we'd be regularly updating this, as the coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving. As of midday Monday March 23, the federal Government has forced the closure of all pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services. Currently hotels can operate in an accommodation-only capacity, and supermarkets, convenience stores, banks, petrol stations, pharmacies, food delivery services, bottle shops, hairdressers, beauticians and freight and logistics services can continue to operate. COVID-19 is a serious virus, which means we need to take serious steps to overcome it. As you can see from the latest Government protocol, this usually comes at the expense of small businesses – especially our bars, cafes and… more