Top 10 Funky Coffee Spots

In Brisbane's Cbd

Veer off the beaten track in Brisbane's CBD to find some hidden gems serving top coffee in a unique non-corporate setting. From secret laneway coffee bars to subtropical Asian courtyards, here are 10 of the funkiest places in the city to get your caffeine fix:


Tucked away down George St's only laneway, this little underground coffee hot spot is the perfect place to get re-caffeinated. With plenty of lounge seating, chilled tunes and even board games, this vibrant, hidden café is one of the CBD's best retreats...more

Coffee Iconic

Offering their 'iconic' blend as well as popular Single Origin grind, Coffee Iconic is a little piece of paradise in Brisbane's bustling CBD. Wander down to their expansive courtyard, decked out with twinkling fairy lights, plenty of greenery and graffiti works...more

Frisky Goat Espresso

Serving up 10 different single origins, this coffee nook in a heritage-listed ex-bank is the place to go for a takeaway coffee on your morning commute. Decked out with Brisbane's latest cultural event posters, you won't miss a beat by grabbing your daily grind from this inner-city coffee bar...more

Alen's Espresso

Laden with colourful décor and iconic Brisbane wall murals, Alen's Espresso will put you in a good mood before the day has even begun! Grab your daily caffeine hit from this hole-in-the-wall coffee bar, or watch the world go by on their mezzanine level...more 

Contessa Blackstar Coffee

This artisan coffee roaster is located in a dimly lit laneway style café, using their famous Blackstar Coffee to put smiles on Brisbane locals' and commuters' faces. Pick up one of their cold-press coffees for a refreshing blend on-the-go, or some beans to create your own coffee at home...more

Brew Café Bar

Down Lower Burnett Lane, this cool hideaway hangout is the ultimate spot for a laidback coffee break in the bustling CBD. Laden with astro-turf and billowing fairy lights outside, and ambient, relaxed seating inside; it's the coolest café by day and a happening wine bar by night...more

Felix for Goodness

Nestled in the dining strip of Upper Burnett Lane lies the wholesome hangout, Felix for Goodness. Grab a boutique Single Guys coffee on-the-go, or relax and sip on one in-house, sat at their industrial coloured glass window bar...more

Frankie & George

Settle in for a boutique brew in the rear brick courtyard of this unassuming cafe on George St. Enjoy breaky with your freshly roasted coffee for a meal of wholesome, gourmet goodness...more

John Mills Himself

Down this Elizabeth Street laneway, hidden behind what looks like a standard inner-city car park lies the charming John Mills Himself café bar. With quality blends on rotation such as Cup Coffee and Uncle Joe's, you can always find a decent brew at this brick-walled hangout...more

Duce & Co.

This feel-good Edward Street hangout is spreading their quality Bear Bones blends and good vibes with the greater Brisbane community; being strong advocates of the pay it forward scheme. With a hidden lounge area, it's a relaxing spot for a break from the hectic 9-5...more

By Zoe Kirby

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