Paddington locals love nothing more than savouring a delicious, well-crafted coffee, and with so many amazing Paddington cafes to select from for your Sunday or week morning caffeine ritual, it’s no wonder why. The iconic Brisbane suburb is renowned for its vibrant coffee culture and lazy weekend breakfasts. Here are some of our favourite cafes in Paddington, Brisbane.

#1 Sassafras Canteen, Paddington

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Paddington Cafe Icon – Sassafras

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A Paddington institution, Sassafras Canteen is a charming little cafe with retro-style, eclectic decor, a glorious all-day breakfast menu and rich, full-bodied espresso sourced from local roasters Bear Bones specialty coffee.

Ambience

The perfect haunt for a lazy weekend brunch or coffee fix, Sass (as it’s called by the locals) offers a friendly atmosphere with eclectic vintage decor. The renovated weatherboard cottage includes a library-style dining area and leafy courtyard, complete with outdoor seating, a fish pond and lush greenery. There are plenty of little hideaways and nooks to explore inside. Regulars are passionate and loyal, so you’ll have to jostle your way in on a weekend at brunch to enjoy a spot, but it’s definitely worth it.

Food

One of the first Brisbane cafes to serve (and perfect) the ever-popular all day breakfast, Sassafras offers food crafted by food lovers, for food lovers. All of the delicious meals are made in-house from seasonal ingredients, from the artisanal fruit toast with honeycomb butter to the mouth-watering burger options.

Coffee

The coffee, sourced from Fortitude Valley roasters Bear Bones specialty coffee, is smooth and well-balanced. Try a Bear Bones affogato with optional vanilla ice-cream or a delicious turmeric latte.

Fun facts

The cafe’s intriguing name comes from a species of deciduous tree, whose roots form one of the main ingredients for sarsaparilla.

Did we mention that this Paddington cafe is dog-friendly? Four-legged friends are welcome to join their humans in the courtyard and enjoy the specially-designed puppy menu, including homemade dog biscuits and puppuccinos.

Address: 88 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD

#2 Anouk Cafe, Paddington

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Sensational Food at Anouk Cafe

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One of our favourite Paddington cafes, Anouk Cafe is a chic, airy cafe with creative, beautifully presented dishes and delightful service.

Ambience

Located inside the old Paddington apothecary on Given Terrace, Anouk Cafe’s chic, cozy interior features exposed handmade brick walls, original bay windows, and stunning timber floors. The atmosphere is relaxed and polished — the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious breakfast with loved ones.

Food

Beloved by locals and visitors alike, Anouk Cafe is one of the best Paddington cafes for breakfast and brunch. Its phenomenal menu, attentively crafted from fresh ingredients, features fun twists on classic breakfasts from around the world, including okonomiyaki, huevos a flamenco, and masala kheema.

Coffee

The team at Anouk know how to whip up a great quality coffee to delight your taste buds. The delicious Merlo coffee is locally roasted and served as you like. Enjoy your black coffee with caramel, chocolate, strong, soy, almond, lactose-free or decaf.

Fun facts

All of Anouk Cafe’s food ingredients are sourced locally with a mind for quality and consistency, with attention to sustainability and food ethics.

Address: 212 Given Terrace, Paddington QLD

#3 Chapter IV Cafe, Paddington

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Food glorious food at Chapter IV

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A chic cafe offering breathtaking vistas atop a hill, Chapter IV’s inventive and satisfying menu combines Australian, Asian and Middle-Eastern flavours to win many loyal fans in Paddington.

Ambience

Located in the heart of Paddington’s Antique District, Chapter IV is located within a charming, renovated Queenslander workers cottage. It boasts a stunning interior, including spacious rooms, high ceilings and a classic wrap-around Queenslander verandah, which offers spellbinding views of Brisbane’s skyline.

Food

For a perfect lazy Sunday morning, relax on the balcony with a breakfast feast of soft shell crab Eggs Benedict, the classic Chapter IV Big Breakfast, or Breakfast Nourish Bowl. The lunch menu is equally divine, featuring linguine al Granchio and harissa pumpkin bowls to die for. The staff bake delicious sweets and create milkshakes in-house, with enchanting, child-friendly flavours including chocolate, hazelnut, frosted mint, gingerbread and salted caramel.

Coffee

The Campos coffees on offer are sure to please caffeine lovers who crave a complex aroma with a heavy body and golden crema.

Fun facts

Renowned as one of the most family-friendly cafes in Paddington, Chapter IV features a spacious playroom with toys for the kids to enjoy.

Address: 180 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD

#4 Atticus Finch Cafe, Paddington

 

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Relaxed Atmosphere at Atticus Finch Cafe

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The Atticus Finch Cafe in Paddington is brimming with laid back charm, from its stunning wall art — featuring To Kill A Mockingbird artwork and pages from various editions of Harper Lee’s classic novel — to its expertly brewed coffee.

Ambience

Occupying half of a historic weatherboard cottage on Latrobe Terrace, Atticus Finch is the ideal choice if you’re after a casual yet stylish place to spend time with family and friends. The custom-built dining deck creates an ideal setting for enjoying a splendid cup of coffee.

Food

The cafe’s simple yet beautiful food includes an array of scrumptious breakfast choices, from delicious toasties to satisfying breakfast classics like mixed grain porridge, warm malted semolina and rhubarb, and black sticky rice.

Coffee

The coffee, sourced from local Brisbane roasters Coffee Supreme, is some of the best available in Paddington with espressos, piccolo, lattes, babycinos or the drip filter brew coffee on offer to satisfy your caffeine cravings.

Fun facts

Atticus Finch is a dog-friendly cafe with a special deck hook for securing leashes and a water bowl nearby.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Atticus Finch transforms from a quirky Paddington coffee shop into a dog-friendly bar, with Happy Hour available from 4-6pm. The cafe offers the wittily named Tequila Mockingbird and a range of high-quality, local craft beers.

Address: 2/83 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD

#5 Fox & Rabbit Coffee Co., Paddington

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Specialty Coffe at Fox & Rabbit Coffe Co.

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Tucked on top of a Paddington hill, Fox & Rabbit Coffee Co. exudes a funky, grandma chic style. Its delicious, homemade comfort food and superior coffee make it a top choice for locals looking for Paddington cafes for breakfast.

Ambience

The atmosphere is delightfully cosy and laid-back, with an olive velveteen couch, comfy armchairs and beautiful timber wood cafe counter, salvaged from The Salvos at Red Hill. The garden courtyard, with its retro patio furniture and herb pots, adds to the friendly and casual charm. Classic jazz tunes play in the background.

Food

The menu is hearty and simple, with crowd-pleasing options such as scrambled eggs on thick cut rye, vegetable breakfast fritters with wood-smoked bacon, and banana pancakes, served with salted caramel sauce.

Coffee

The folks at Fox & Rabbit Coffee Co. serve two special coffee blends, arguably the best coffees in Paddington. These include the ‘Eternal Rabbit’ — custom-designed by West End’s Coffee Roasters to blend deliciously with your choice of full cream, skim, soy, almond or Zymil milk — and the single origin bean, which changes monthly and is designed to be consumed pure black or in macchiatos. The beans that make a perfect long black are especially air-roasted for the occasion. Fox & Rabbit Coffee Co. are one of only two places in Australia that offer this.

Fun facts

A favourite among local students at University of Queensland, this little gem offers a peaceful place to read, relax and enjoy time with friends and family.

Address: 139 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD

Exploring Paddington Cafes: Final Thoughts

If you live in Paddington, count yourself lucky to live in the coffee mecca of Brisbane. Not only are you blessed with some of Brisbane’s most delightful cafés right on your doorstep in Paddington, you’re only a hop, skip and a jump away from the thriving café culture in Spring Hill, Red Hill and Milton.