Brisbane’s Favourite Leafy Suburb
Where are the best cafes in New Farm? Are you lucky enough to have it right across the street? Or do you prefer to walk around the park and explore what the best cafes in New Farm have to offer?
It used to be that all you could get in New Farm was an average cup of coffee from a rundown coffee chain. Apartments have sprung up in recent years and trendy restaurants, cafes and boutiques have followed. Now, New Farm just might have the best cafes in the city. You can find amazing places to breakfast-or-lunch all over this leafy Brisbane suburb.
The New Farm Cafe scene is concentrated around Brunswick and Merthyr Streets. Great coffee has well and truly spread from cafes and coffee roasters in Melbourne and Sydney, north to Brisbane.
Ask any local where the best cafe is, and you will get a different answer. Delicious coffee can be found all over New Farm. But where is the best espresso bar? Who serves up a killer piccolo latte? Do cafes in New Farm have a better recipe for chai latte than cafes in Port Macquarie? What’s the answer to the age-old question; cappuccino verses latte?
I’m returning to my discovery of the best cafes. This time, visiting cafes in beautiful New Farm. I’m narrowing in on areas, cafes and coffee roasters to find exactly who and where it is. Will it be Miss Jones or Nodo? Could it be The Moray Cafe?
I'm so excited. Let’s hit it!
The New Farm Area
New Farm really does encourage an outdoor lifestyle. Picturesque tree-lined streets and unique outdoor open spaces lie in the heart of the area. The New Farm Park attracts families and visitors from near-and-far with its perfect riverside picnic spots, bbq’s, grassy fields, bike and walking paths and tree house-style adventure playgrounds.
The Line Up
At 76 James Street, you will find Sprout Artisan Bakery. The Bakery is a simple retail space in a lovely black corner shop. The fit-out is a less-is-more combination of textured grey walls and painted black timber floors. The main event at Sprout Bakery is the amazing glass cabinet filled with delicious creations such as custard tarts, brioche toast, savoury and seasonal fruit Danishes, berry croissant baskets, and double chocolate croissant buns. All Sprout Bakery’s creations are made using organic, sustainable flours from Gunnedah’s Wholegrain Milling, and Corman butter imported from Belgium.
There’s also a croissant toastie. It comes with either bocconcini and prosciutto, or tomato, basil and bocconcini. The real draw card though, is the sourdough, which is prepped, fermented, shaped, rested and baked in a process that takes anywhere up to 72 hours. The Bakery serves Mayde tea and espresso coffee from Reuben Hills.
Located at 893 Brunswick Street New Farm. Dicki’s is a vegetarian and vegan paradise named after the owners Father who introduce them to delicious vegan foods. Its just so good. The all-day menu is full of simple, easy-to-eat options with a tendency towards whole foods. It’s really a one stop shop for plant-based foods. My favourite morning eats at Dicki’s is the breakfast burrito which comes with spiced rice, scrambled tofu, black beans, spinach, salsa and a hash brown all wrapped up in a soft tortilla.
The buckwheat waffles served with caramelised banana and coconut vanilla bean ice-cream are also a standout. Another amazing dish is the E.L.T which swaps out bacon for crisp eggplant.
You can smell the vegan goodness a mile away. There is always a line out the door and up-the-street. This place is the best.
While all food is vegan, there is cow's milk available for coffee. There are also turmeric and matcha lattes as well as a delicious smoothie menu.
Located at 599 Brunswick Street New Farm. Miss Jones is in a section of an LJ Hooker building. It is a bright, cheerful cafe full of pastel colours broken up by timber and greenery.
The all-day breakfast menu includes my favourite which is eggs Benedict with hash and cheddar waffle, avocado, chorizo, chipotle hollandaise and poached eggs. There is also a healthy Green Breakfast. Which includes spinach, broccolini, kale, goat’s cheese, balsamic and poached eggs on sourdough. Brunch at Miss Jones is next level amazing. You can get lemon hotcakes loaded with vegan lemon curd, vanilla gelato, spring fruits, vegan caramel and Persian fairy floss. Seriously unreal.
The lunch menu starts at 11.30am and includes delicious corn and chorizo tacos, and a Kewpie chicken burger.
A La Marzocco espresso machine pours the Paradox blend from Sydney’s Single O Coffee Roasters, and there are also amazing shakes and juices.
Located in Shop 2 / 938 Brunswick Street is Joedy’s Café. It’s just across the road from the New Farm Park. Joedy’s Café is the perfect weekend café to visit, post a walk, run or work out at the New Farm Park. The Café focuses on great locally sourced produce. The fabulous menu has something for everyone. From classics like a breakfast burger on a milk bun to the mouth-watering miso mushrooms with beetroot hummus, truffled ricotta, salsa verde, porcini dusted egg and a generous sprinkling of parmesan. The Trio of Mushrooms with house made arancini, porcini dusted poached egg, seasonal greens and kale chips is my favourite at Joedy’s.
It’s a fabulous Café that really provides the community with locally sourced and sustainably famed produce at an affordable price for all to enjoy. When you visit expect generous portions, great coffee and amazing service. The team at Joedy’s are friendly and eager to open the doors and provide you with an experience beyond expectations
As well as the knockout menu, there are other great items for sale on the shelves like homemade chutney, banana butter and pink Himalayan salt body scrub.
Located at 1 Ella Street Newstead. Nodo is famous for their unbelievable gluten-free donuts and even better breakfast and brunch menu. It’s an institution amongst people who love gluten free, baked-donuts, and have a healthy obsession for wholesome food.
Their philosophy is simple, eat donuts for breakfast. This means putting the fun back into wholesome food. All Nodo’s mouth-watering products are lovingly prepared with nothing but good intentions and the best possible, naturally gluten free ingredients.
The café menu embraces ‘The Nodo Way’ with seasonal, fresh and naturally gluten free ingredients. Everything you see on the menu is proudly made in-house by their talented team, including all breads & buns. The menu features the likes of strawberry and cream waffles with native strawberry gum, and bang bang bene with house baked brioche, Szechuan braised ham hock and cumquat hollandaise.
They have even crafted their own coffee to complement their donuts perfectly. A coffee that not only has a story, but is ethical, sustainable, and truly unique. It’s a beautifully roasted rich coffee with direct connection to the farms their beans are grown on. With a hint of butterscotch, stone fruit and milk chocolate. Their amazing coffee is the culmination of lots of hard work and research by the team.
My tip is to get in early on weekends because the locals love the place for good reason. You want to avoid the disappointment of missing out. Believe me!
Located at 18 Proe Street Newstead is Industry Beans. With a venue which is housed in an architecturally designed warehouse in the backstreets of Newstead. Its straight out of a designer magazine. This outstanding venue brings together a coffee roastery, cafe and private dining all under one amazing roof.
Industry Beans is all about that perfect shot of espresso. If you’re like me, and coffee is your jam. You are going to love Industry Beans. On the café counter are futuristic machines designed to deliver all the brews, beans and coffee combos you-or-I could ever think of.
There’s also a very impressive food menu on offer. Every three months they create a menu centred around seasonal, local produce, brought to life with innovative cooking techniques to create enjoyable dishes.
The Avocado Smash with whipped ricotta, sunrise lime gel, beetroot dust, green tea sea salt and sourdough is my favourite here.
I love to also add a poached egg and wood smoked bacon. Finish it off with a signature Peanut Butter Brownie and a delicious coffee and I am in heaven.
In Shop 1/158 Moray Street you will find the Moray Café. The Moray Café is located in the beating heart of New Farm at the roundabout at Merthyr Road and Moray Street. Its one of Brisbane’s most liveable streets. It’s a creative modern café, serving breakfast & lunch with new contemporary décor and a fabulous outdoor seating area.
The Cafe has been there for 25 years. Although its changed management a few times, it is still a hit because the new owners have the recipe for a winning café.
A quick glance at the menu will tell you instantly they are on a winner. There is a zucchini potato stack and the Finnish-style banana pancakes are next level amazing.