Hidden Cafes in Brisbane


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!

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!

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.

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.


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