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Brisbane has an impressive array of boutique funky cafes and inner-city roasters. From the likes of Bunker, a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop housed in an old World War II air raid shelter to Queensland’s first coffee roastery, these cafes have some of the best coffee in Brisbane.

Death Before Decaf

Any time is a good time for a caffeine hit at Death Before Decaf, a rock n’ roll cool cafe that’s open 24/7. It’s a big hit with paramedics, police and others who appreciate excellent coffee and don’t work regular hours. Decorated with a tattoo-style skull logo, edgy street art and brightly coloured skateboard decks, it is the perfect spot for a caffeinated pick-me-up if you’ve been out clubbing or just arrived on a 2am flight.

Merlo Torrefazione

Founded in 1996, this torrefazione, or ‘roasting house’, introduced locals to the joys of freshly roasted coffee. Merlo customers can enjoy a cup of their favourite brew on the house when they buy a bag of freshly-roasted beans which are individually ground to order. If you don’t have a coffee machine, you can still buy a coffee and browse the domestic coffee machines and accessories. Coffee aficionados can sign up for a coffee appreciation class, held on the first Friday of every month. The coffee is so good that owner, Dean Merlo, recently opened his first store outside Queensland in Australia’s coffee capital, Melbourne. Check website for store locations

Samson & Sophie Cafe

Summer or winter, Samson & Sophie 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 hot cakes 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.

Samson & Sophie cafe
Samson & Sophie Cafe

Bear Bones Espresso

Tucked into a semi-industrial shopping strip off fashionable James Street you will find Bear Bones Espresso, a micro-roastery and café with a steady procession of takeaway customers. Creamy milk from Maleny makes this the go-to spot for those who enjoy an excellent latte or cappuccino. Cosy tables for two and high benches with plenty of seats make this an ideal spot to hang out with your partner or a group of friends or colleagues.

Jamie’s Espresso Bar

Jamie’s Espresso Bar 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 night the quaint wooden cafe 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.

Jamie's Espresso
Jamie’s Espresso Bar

Felix for Goodness

With its slick design focus and cool architectural design, Felix for Goodness 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. You would never guess this trendy Burnett Lane café used to be a loading dock. Keep an eye out for the multi-coloured glass facade as this coffee shop is easy to miss.

Felix for Goodness Brisbane
Felix for Goodness

Bunker Coffee

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. Unlike Felix, Bunker is easy to find. Simply look for the crowd of coffee lovers on the footpath.

Bunker coffee Brisbane
Bunker Coffee

Paladar Fumior Salon

Take a (virtual) trip to Cuba at Paladar Fumior Salon, a coffee house that roasts its own Cuban beans. Coffee is the focus here: you won’t find a menu offering the usual cafe fare, and you’ll need to bring cash to pay for your brew. However, the richly flavoured beans that are roasted slightly longer than a standard espresso roast make this place more than worthy of a visit. Depending on the weather, you can head upstairs to the roof or drink your favourite brew surrounded by an eclectic collection of Cuban curios and objets d’art.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.