Tucked into a semi-industrial shopping strip off fashionable James Street, you will find Bear Bones Espresso, a micro-roastery and café with cool street art on the wall and a steady procession of takeaway customers. Cosy tables for two and high benches with plenty of seats make this an ideal place to hang out with your partner or a group of friends. Just like the cafe itself, the coffee here is oh-so-smooth.
2/68 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley
Summer or winter, this sweet little café adds a dash of sunshine to your day. Pots of herbs and pretty flowers adorn the tables which are perfectly positioned to catch the sun. Apple and coconut hotcakes and a robust latte made with Veneziano beans will get your morning off to a great start. Allow time to browse the cute gifts and deli items lining the shelves, but be warned: you will likely walk out of here with more than a latte.
2 Macquarie St, Teneriffe
Felix delivers a dash of Melbourne style in the Brisbane CBD. Hipsters come here to perch at the window, sip organic coffee and dine on a healthy yet delicious selection of house-baked treats and hearty salads. With its slick design focus and cool architectural design, you would never guess this Burnett Lane café used to be a loading dock. Keep an eye out for the multi-coloured glass facade as this coffee shop is surprisingly easy to miss.
50 Burnett Ln, Brisbane
Bunker is one of the most unusual coffee spots in town; a tiny hole-in-the-wall café housed in an original WWII air raid shelter. It is less than a minute’s walk from Milton train station and just around the corner from the trendy Park Road café strip. There isn’t much inside seating, but the outdoor benches surrounded by sweet-smelling jasmine vines offer a quintessential Brisbane coffee experience. Help yourself to a homemade sweet treat from the self-serve cabinet just inside the door and hang out with the locals. Unlike Felix, Bunker is easy to find. Simply look for the crowd of coffee lovers on the footpath.
21 Railway Terrace, Milton
Jamie’s has been serving some of the best coffee in town since 1998, but this much-loved local haunt now also has a liquor license. On Friday and Saturday nights, the quaint wooden café is filled with late night revellers sipping espresso martinis. You will likely see the same people ordering a strong long black at the counter the following morning. Jamie’s has a loyal local clientele, many of whom have been coming here for years.
49 James St, Fortitude Valley
– TEXT BY TIANA TEMPLEMAN
This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.