A Guide to Brisbane’s Top 10 Healthy Cafes

A Guide to Brisbane’s Top 10 Healthy Cafes

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Brisbane is home to some of the tastiest eateries in Queensland and is a foodie’s dream! With summer here we have more reasons to go out and catch up with friends, and have found some places that won’t break your health conscience. These are so good, your friends won’t even know they’re eating clean!

Miss Bliss Wholefoods

West End

West End is home to one of the most instagrammable healthy cafés in Brisbane (we’re serious – just look at their feed @missblissau). With everything from Black Sesame Waffles to Vegan Spelt Pizza and Bliss Bowls you’re sure to find something for every food mood! Centrally located on Vulture Street, Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen is full of relaxed vibes, is open for breakfast and lunch and also available for events and catering.

Sol Natural Foods

West End and Darra

Located just down the road, on buzzing Vulture Street is the unique Sol Natural Foods. Famous for their too-good-to-be-good-for-you bread (also available in independent supermarkets across Australia), Sol’s nosh isn’t fancy nor expensive. The organic menu offers a variety of vegetarian, as well as wheat-, gluten- and dairy-free items, allowing anyone with dietary requirements to enjoy a good meal out! You can count on Sol’s honest food that will leave you satisfied and wanting to take home that extra loaf of bread.

Sourced Grocer

Newstead

If there is one thing that we love, it’s an all day menu. Brisbane locals have named Sourced Grocer’s bircher muesli the best in town but they have so much more to offer too! The deliciously inventive house-made coconut ‘ricotta’ and seasonal fruits is popular for good reason. If savoury is more your thing, the field mushroom burgers are incredible (and substantial)! If you’re inspired to cook up a concoction of your own, Sourced Grocer lives up to its name and has a marketplace of fresh, local produce and organic goods for your to take home too.

Satori Organics Wholefoods Café

Sandgate

Serving a menu built on seasonal, local produce, you know you’re getting quality organics at Satori – they even host a farmers market on Wednesday and Sunday mornings! Their menu focuses on fresh, healthy produce, offering customers that something a little different with gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free options available. All nut milks, kombuchas, salads and sides are made in-house and Satori holds a waste-free philosophy – which we love! The menu consists of falafels, jaffles and tapas, and even Coco Whip for those hot Queensland days!

Wilde Kitchen

Teneriffe

Along the Brisbane River in Teneriffe, Wilde Kitchen offers an extensive menu with all components gluten-free and based on the paleo philosophy, covering for most dietary requirements. Wilde Kitchen offers balanced meals, catering and ready made meals to nourish your body for your health and fitness goals. With a large outdoor dining area, this gorgeous locale is perfect for accommodating families after a walk along the river.

Botanica

Red Hill and Teneriffe

Now if you’re from Brisbane and into the health food scene you would have heard about Botanica. A favourite among the crowds, Botanica offers gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes that will be remembered long after the plates are cleared. Botanica’s menu delivers goodness for any time of the day, and the signature breakfast boxes are a great place to start! The all day gourmet salad cabinet is an abundance of colour, and you can pick up take-home salads for dinner until 6pm. Did I mention the sweets? All cakes are gluten-free, and baked fresh in-house every morning. And the healthy chocolate fudge cookies are to die for!

Goodness Gracious Café

Graceville

If the name of this café wasn’t good enough, the food takes it to a whole(some) new level. Founded to provide healthy, sustainable and fresh produce to Graceville’s local community, the increase in popularity of the café hasn’t strayed the Goodness Gracious team from their mission of serving seasonal, nourishing food. Goodness Gracious Café is hidden in a heritage corner store with plenty of artwork throughout the interior, as well as a beautiful shady courtyard to relax outdoors. The all-day menu has a dynamic mix of goods from toast toppers to tofu bowls but if you’re looking for something lighter, the lean n’ green smoothie is a real pick-me-up!

Westport & Lee

Paddington

Paddington is home to Westport & Lee, a down-to-earth café offering the freshest produce throughout the extensive menu, and all at extra generous portion sizes – winning! There are loads of menu options to keep your health goals on track, like the Nourish Bowl that’s full of green goodness, or the deconstructed acai bowl with house-made granola, summer fruits and coconut yoghurt. Yum! This Paddington pick also has a young ones menu allowing your little ones to enjoy their own tasty meal.

Dovetail on Overend

Norman Park

In a tidy little Norman Park shop named Poet’s Corner an intimate 18 seater café resides. Dovetail on Overend is a gluten-free heaven with all items on the menu either gluten-free or available to be altered to suit at no extra cost. The café is open for a healthy breakfast and lunch, with baked goods and Uncle Joe’s coffee served all day. If the food and location wasn’t enough, the attention to detail in the customer service, custom-made dining furniture and beautiful glassware give you the feeling you’re on a dinner date somewhere exclusive – even if you’ve just dropped in last minute!

Suki Restaurants

Bulimba, South Brisbane, Gasworks and Newstead

Moving away from breakfast and into a multicultural fresh feast, Suki Restaurants are taking over Brisbane and serving colourful poke bowls and sushi burritos. Poke bowls have lately gone from fringe to fashion but Suki’s culinary creations are the real game changer in the Poke realm. Suki source only sustainable menu items, including fish, and also produce to reduce their environmental impact. The menu is completely customisable which means you can choose to put the good things in and make it exactly how you want it to be. We love the organic tempeh in a seaweed wrap!

When it comes down to it, Brisbane is home to some fantastic cafes and restaurants with diverse and delicious menus. Follow these tips and you’re bound to enjoy your meal as well as the atmosphere.
Don’t see something on the menu that you fancy? Try asking the kitchen if they’ll swap burger buns for lettuce cups or rice for spinach leaves – the increase in interest might encourage them to add healthier options to the menu!

Image source: @missblissau

Angela Beechey

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