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Specialty Coffee Tour in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

This story was originally published on Pamela.

Being Italian, coffee has always been part of my culture, although it was only while I was living in London that I became passionate about visiting cafés and trying out different varieties of specialty coffee. When I moved to Brisbane I started to explore the coffee scene in this city too, and being that Australia is already considered a global leader when it comes to specialty coffee, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. 

I’d like to show you some of my favourite coffee shops in Fortitude Valley, a hip neighbourhood in Brisbane. For this coffee tour I was joined by The Monday Coffee dear friends I met through our common passion for specialty coffee.

Reverends Coffee

We start our caffeinated tour in California Lane where we visit Reverends Coffee. They serve delicious Coffee Supreme and Passport Specialty Coffee. We decide to try one of their creamy lattes and we also get a little bite to start the day right. I hear regulars chatting with the baristas while getting their takeaways, I love the local vibe of this place.


Our second stop is at Only, located in TC Beirne precinct. We opt for a macchiato to keep it small this time. Their store is brand new and I’m in love with their island-like working area featuring a marvellous marble bench-top. Each week they feature a different filter coffee, so you’ll be able to try a new blend every time you visit.


Next is Paradise. I can’t stop taking photos when I’m there, each corner of this coffee shop is picture perfect. Each piece of furniture is thorough, the tables are handmade by a local woodworker and they even feature local visual artists showcasing their work. Here  we decide to go for a cold brew with coffee by Padre Coffee. I adore the cosy vibe of this place, I came here a couple of times to work on my laptop and I found it particularly inspiring.

Industry Beans

We walk to Industry Beans, a bright and airy coffee shop in the heart of Newstead. This café features minimal lines and splashes of greens throughout. They roast their own coffee in house, and if you’re lucky enough you’ll be able to see the working roasting machine from behind the counter.

Salt Coffee Roaster 

Salt the interiors are characterised by their brand colours: pine green, blush pink and rusty copper. They also roast their own coffee, which is beautifully displayed together with coffee equipment on rustic shelves. I tried their single origin at home as cold brew and I can confirm that it is delicious.


This place is so unique for its menu focusing on brekkie rolls and great coffee. Once again at Yolk each detail is perfectly curated: smooth lines, concrete counter, golden details, cheeky neon and three cute arches connecting to the kitchen. The perfect place to end our coffee experience for the day.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour around some of my favourite coffee shops in Brisbane. There are so many more around the city, but these are a good starting point if you like to enjoy amazing coffee and great food like me. 

Stops & Links

  1. Reverends Coffee 372 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley.

  2. Only., T18, 315 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley.

  3. Paradise, 39 Alfred St, Fortitude Valley.

  4. Industry Beans, 18 Proe St, Newstead.

  5. Salt Coffee Roaster, 0A Doggett St, Newstead.

  6. Yolk, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead.


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