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6 Best Cafes in Fortitude Valley & Beyond

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We’re covering the best cafes in Fortitude Valley so you can crush those unwavering caffeine cravings.

These six chic Valley venues offer a smorgasbord of tasty tarts and other decadent desserts, the perfect companion to your preferred caffeinated brew. And with an eclectic range of yummy café-style dishes, we’ve got your lunch covered, too.  

So without further ado, here are our favourite Fortitude Valley cafés.

Bellissimo Coffee

Tucked away on Wandoo Street, this pint-sized venue has built a big reputation for roasting a world-class brew. Chatty baristas grind premium imported beans for each steamy cup, serving sublime single-origin espressos to an appreciative crowd.

As Australia’s highest awarded roaster, the place packs out with passionate coffee connoisseurs. Sit outside on the sociable sidewalk patio or pull up a pew in the chic wood-panelled interior. If coffee is your main game, this is hands-down one of the best cafés in Fortitude Valley.

best Coffee shop in Fortitude Valley

King Arthur Café

Just off James Street, this hip whitewashed café impresses with its trademark curved ceiling. While most punters come to get a morning buzz on, the joint offers more than freshly ground beans.

King Arthur’s creative café-style menu is a hit with the weekend brunch crowd and mid-week office workers alike. With an impressive selection of eggs, avo, and bacon combinations, it’s a pleasant place to dine. 

Fortitude Valley cafe near James Street

Andonis Cafe and Bar

After a smashing success in its South Brisbane locale, Andonis has brought its delicious dishes and aromatic brews to Fortitude Valley. The offshoot offers the same mouth-watering dessert menu, plus savoury favourites like corn fritters and veggie eggs benny.

The portions are enormous, so you needn’t fret about ordering any sides. Next-level plate presentation and a leafy fern-strewn backdrop make it a hit among the Instagram set.

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Agnes Bakery

More bakery than café, perhaps. But this sensational James Street venue is too good not to mention—and it does decent coffee, too. Set in a charming heritage-listed cottage, the boutique bakery handcrafts the Valley’s most deliciously decadent desserts.

From custard-pumped tarts to fig-filled cheesecakes and their epic almond kouign amann, Agnes is a paradise for sweet tooths. Just be prepared to queue.

Fortitude valley bakery

The Woolshed

A hop and a skip away in Teneriffe, the Woolshed is a spacious industrial-styled bike café with top-notch coffee and food. The witty owner Luke does a stellar job at making customers feel welcome, regardless of whether they rock up on two wheels.  

Adventurous eaters should give the bacon bun and kimchee avocado a shot—it always hits the spot. Rather stick to what you know? Woolshed’s bacon and egg roll reigns supreme.

Teneriffe cafe near Fortitude Valley


Nodo has earned a legendary reputation for baking the best doughnuts in town. Following a (totally relatable) #eatdonutsforbreakfast philosophy, these gluten-free, circle-shaped goodies come in a gamut of tempting flavours.

While the baked doughnuts take centre stage, Nodo also does an array of delicious café-style dishes, including a slew of superb vegan options.

cafes in fortitude valley

Experience the Best Cafes in Fortitude Valley with Kiff & Culture

Keen to see more of the buzzing Fortitude Valley entertainment district?

Join us on our James Street Sights & Bites Walking Tour to savour the highlights in one decadent afternoon.

Or, if long banquet lunches and small-batch spirits (or craft brews) tempt the palate, check out our Brisbane Artisan Food & Drink tour instead.

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Image Credit: Bellissimo Coffee via Instagram, King Arthur Cafe via Instagram, Andonis Cafe & Bar via Instagram, The Woolshed via Instagram, Nodo via Instagram

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