Top 5 Hidden Cafes in Brisbane

Image credit: John Mills Himself Facebook Page
Image credit: John Mills Himself Facebook Page

Brisbane is covered in incredible cafes with top-notch brews and mouth-watering snacks. But did you know that there is a whole underworld of cafes hidden down sleepy laneways and secret staircases? Take a look at our list of the very best, wonderfully hidden gems around Brisbane. How many have you sampled?

The Tiller Coffee

81 Mina Pde, Alderley, QLD

If you’re looking for a unique house blend that blows you away, The Tiller Coffee in Alderley is the place to visit. Aptly named Three Mile Scrub, this house blend created by Wolff Coffee Roasters has become a big favourite amongst locals and regulars. The team has also launched their own seasonal menu which features a small selection of delicious snacks and locally sourced breads and pastries.

Oh, and did we mention the setting! Whilst The Tiller Coffee is nestled in a rather industrial suburb, you wouldn’t know it once you step inside the burnt orange shipping container with its peaceful courtyard scattered with bar stools and milk crates. The cafe focuses on doing things simply and doing them well. What else could you ask for!

“Great coffee, great service. Can’t fault this local favourite.” – aduffield

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The Gettin’ Place

2, 145 James St, New Farm, QLD

Nestled in a cosy heritage building on the corner of James and Heal Streets, The Gettin’ Place is the place to be for delicious and delightfully presented dishes with superb cups of Toby’s Estate coffee.

Sink your teeth into their tasty menu, including the falafel spread toast served with halloumi, baby beets, dukkah sprinkled egg & a herb salad – yumm!

Boasting a beautiful courtyard and an ever-changing seasonal menu with many vegan and gluten-free options – this family and pet-friendly coffee house is the perfect place to spend your Sunday mornings.

The Gettin’ Place really is getting it right!

“Relaxed and inviting neighbourhood cafe with an innovative menu and great coffee. Loved the simple, no-nonsense feel that lets you settle in and read the paper or have a chat at your own pace.” – Cocoandvine

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John Mills Himself

Via 55 Elizabeth Street Driveway, 40 Charlotte St, Brisbane QLD

A truly hidden cafe – this place is reached via a secret door and staircase from the back of Archives Fine Books (or the driveway at 55 Elizabeth street).

During daylight hours, John Mills Himself roasts beans from The Single Guys, Uncle Joe’s and Coffee Supreme on rotation. You can choose your own bean or let the baristas recommend for you! Enjoy their daily selection of freshly baked pastries and cakes – everything here is sourced locally or as nearby as possible.

Freshly-ground coffee coupled with tasty nibbles- what else could you ask for.

“Great kept away location for a great coffee especially that they sell BUNKER cold pressed coffee. For a soy milk drinker, their soy range is great and the barista skills are top notch.” – Eataholic

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Strauss Food and Drink

189 Elizabeth St, Brisbane QLD

Delicious coffee, simple food, and great service is what Strauss is all about! This charming coffee house tucked down a pedestrian laneway in the heart of Brisbane City is the perfect little spot to duck in and pick up your coffee on the go.

Enjoy freshly ground coffee, coupled with a seasonal menu that boasts a no-nonsense. Why not try their cold smoked trout and pine nut tartar with sourdough! In the latter half of the week, Strauss serves up a range of carefully chosen craft beers and wines as well as delicious grazing platters.

“Fantastic coffee tucked away in a city laneway. My coffee was perfectly brewed and I love the real chocolate shavings on the cappuccino.” – The Fine Lime

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The Coop Espresso Bar

Eagle Lane, Brisbane QLD

You can’t get more ‘hole in the wall’ than The Coop Espresso Bar. Hidden in a quirky laneway between Queen Street and Eagle Street in the bustling CBD this little cafe is a well-welcomed surprise! The Coop Espresso Bar satisfies all your caffeine cravings with its Mocopan feature blend that you can smell from the end of the laneway.

Looking for a bite to eat? Why not try their selection of baked goodies which include everything from pies and quiches to muffins and brownies, all courtesy of Kaptain Patisserie. Oh – and don’t miss the delicious jaffle sandwiches that sell like crazy! Try the eggplant, cashew and coop cheese blend.

“This is easily one of the most popular coffee spots down at Riverside. The staff are friendly and always greet you with a smile first thing in the morning. Their avo on toast is spectacular as well!” – Liana91

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