Sassafras Canteen


Sassafras Canteen was one of Brisbane’s first cafés to serve the ever-popular ‘all day breakfast’ and is still dishing up eggs-three-ways in their leafy converted Paddington weatherboard cottage today.

Sassafras Paddington

The long running café (which happens to be one of Brisbane's dog-friendliest) took its name from the species of deciduous trees, the roots of which were originally one of the key ingredients for sarsaparilla.

Sassafras Paddington's vintage furniture

In addition to vintage suitcases and sunbeam mix masters that boast some of the history of the café, Sassafras stocks drinks close to its roots, Hank’s root beer and Bundaberg sarsaparilla, along side freshly squeezed juices, frappes, smoothies and a hot selection of tea and coffee by both local and interstate roasters.

Sassafras Paddington cup of coffee

Regulars from almost two decades earlier still make their way through the eclectic front room, library dining area and out to the back of the child-friendly café for a favourite backyard spot beside the fish pond, potted plants and under the shady umbrellas.

Sassafras Paddington backyard seating

However the indisputable hook for Brisbane residents are the generous breakfast, brunch, lunch and everything-in-between dishes for those who don’t want to live by the rule of ‘breakfast before 10am.’

Sassafras Paddington's breakfast dish

The passion from the head chef shines through each meal with seasonal ingredients that feed the “mind, body and soul.”

Sassafras Paddington

For breakfast lok our for dishes such as Soft Ricotta Hotcakes, their legendary Eggs Benedict or the Sassafras Big Breakfast while for Brunch there's Bubble & Squeak, a Brekkie Burger, Chilli Corn Fritters, Buddha Bowl or French Toast with Warm Peach Compote.

Sassafras Paddington's gluten free burger on a plate

Meanwhile for lunch there's Warm Vietnamese Salad, Burgers (Beef, Vege or Amber Ale Braised Pork Belly), Salt and Pepper Squid or Gourmet Shortcrust Pie with choice of side salad.

Sassafras Paddington's crispy fried thai salad

Taking home a box of cakes is set to become a tradition with their rise of vegan and gluten free goodies that boast unique flavours, getting everybody back in for seconds.

Sassafras Paddington's vintage mixers

Sassafras is a landmark of Brisbane’s chic and retro suburb, which prides itself on great meals made in-house for the love of food.

Sassafras Paddington's cake

Need to Know: Sassafras has a broad range of vegan and gluten free options and offer private backyard functions with no charge for corkage.

Nice to know: Sassafras Canteen is dog-owners heaven, with four-legged friends welcome to join their owners in the rear courtyard. And from Friday to Sunday Sasafras courtyard is where you'll find Brisbane dog owners with theri 4-legged companions as it morphis into Brisbane's official dog-friendly bar.

By Katherine Lamont

Sassafras is a valued sponsor of Must Do Brisbane


88 Latrobe Tce



Opening Hours

3369 0600


88 Latrobe Tce, Paddington, Queensland

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

Triple M Rocks Tattersall's Race Day with live rock band
Join the Southern Cross Soloists as they chart a new musical voyage
Oscar Wilde’s The Young King comes to life on stage at QPAC from July 23 to 27
A new show has been added for A Conversation on Narcos at The Tivoli
Celebrate Queensland's local produce and craft beer
‘Unlearning’ brings together new and recent artworks
The Brisbane BBQ Festival is an epic 2-day celebration of music, meat and fire
Sunsets by Sanctuary Cove is a fantastic 2-day festival
Coffee aficionados won't want to miss The Lanes Coffee Festival

Explore Brisbane's Backyards

There's no better time than this sunny mild winter to get out and explore Brisbane’s backyards
Exploree Brisbane's Backyards