Brisbane locals and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to health-conscious dining options. There are many healthy restaurants in Brisbane; from the city to the suburbs, serving up everyday wholefoods favourites to innovative vegan and Paleo options. The food scene is thriving with healthy cafes in Brisbane ranging from smoothie bars to riverside dining and health food store cafes. These are 14 of our favourite healthy restaurants in Brisbane.
Skye Gilkeson | Cover Image © Miss Bliss Wholefoods
14 Must-Try Healthy Restaurants in Brisbane
A West End wonder, Miss Bliss has quickly become one of Brisbane’s favourite healthy eating spots. With a menu created without any nasties, you’ll find everything from guilt-free vegan hotcakes to Lamington pudding alongside the regular contenders such as smashed avocado served on a gluten-free grain loaf and dukkah eggs on local sourdough.
There are plenty of gluten-free, vegan and Paleo-style options on the menu, with some yummy treats to take home too.
85 Vulture Street, West End
As the name suggests Little Loco is as cute as it is small. With a handful of tables inside and a few on the footpath, you’ll often see hipster types spilling out of the door of this quaint New Farm local.
The menu at Little Loco is small, yet considered. The Avocado, Thyme Mushrooms on Rye or the homemade Chia Pudding should make their way to your table. Not to mention the Single Origin coffee is delicious.
121 Merthyr Rd, New Farm
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Wilde Kitchen is well-loved as one of the best healthy restaurants in Brisbane. Their Paleo-influenced, gluten-free menu will woo you. Whether you are of the Paleo school or you just love great, healthy food
The Nourishing Greens Bowl is a favourite as well as the guilt-free protein pancakes and their Bulletproof coffee. I also challenge you to resist taking home some of their raw treats.
Plant-based enthusiasts rejoice, this West End cafe is for you. The menu is crafted from seasonal ingredients, sourced locally (within 400 kilometres of Brisbane).
They have a vegan-friendly drinks menu, Single Origin coffee and they even use their food waste as compost for a local community garden. Grown has thought of everything.
The menu at Grown is super simple and changeable as it is created using seasonal produce. The Scrambled Silken Tofu and a strong Spiced Chai made for a delicious brunch on our visit.
Not a fan of donuts? Well, you’ve never been to Nodo then. Warning: once you try one of the gluten-free baked donuts at Nodo, you may never know a life without donuts again. So much so, that when we moved from Brisbane, we stopped at Nodo on the way out of town for takeaway coffees and a couple of our favourites (you can’t go past the Raspberry White Chocolate and the Pumpkin Maple). We also special-ordered some for our baby shower. Yes, they are that good.
There is so much more to Nodo than their donuts though. Their menu proves they are one of the most innovative and the best healthy cafes in Brisbane. The food is insanely fresh, delicious, gluten-free and super nutritious.
You really can’t go wrong here. But, the Kimchi Omelette, the Summer Harvest Bowl and the Matcha Mint Maiden Supernatural Shake are my picks.
The only thing you may struggle with at Nodo is the crowds. If you are hoping to have breakfast at Nodo on the weekend, get there really early. Parking is at a minimum and the line trails out the door so walk over if you can.
Coco Bliss has been a lifesaver on a number of occasions. Namely, after wandering the shops at Westfield for hours and realising we are in need of something to eat. Coco Bliss is the healthy answer among a food court of unhealthy temptations.
The whole foods chain has cafes all around Brisbane, which just makes it easier to access one of their delicious Choc Peanut Butter and Jelly smoothies or tasty Acai bowls.
Another grab-and-go healthy restaurant in Brisbane is Charlie’s Raw Squeeze. Delivering delicious smoothies, fresh juices and raw treats, having a Charlie’s within walking distance from my house with a newborn was amazing.
The Choc Banana Rama was almost a daily healthy indulgence at one stage and the perfect answer to the afternoon slump. For those looking for a treat, they make moreish gluten and dairy-free nice creams too.
They also sell delicious takeaway rice paper rolls and salads if you make it into a Charlie’s early in the morning before they sell out.
Ines, the owner of Mylk and Ko shares our own love of a good brunch. So, she opened her healthy restaurant to spread that love. The menu is built using local produce; from coffee to almond mylk. The result is a simple, yet delicious offering with plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
The gluten-free Corny Fritters and the Power Bowl are our menu picks.
1/148 Merthyr Rd, New Farm | No bookings
Pineapple Express has a few cafes (and boxes as they call them) around Brisbane. With an emphasis on superfoods, their menu really caters broadly to welcome vegans, vegetarians and Paleos alongside them.
We often stopped into Pineapple Express for a post-run superfood smoothie. It’s a fun, casual, healthy restaurant in Brisbane and a great grab-and-dash option.
While there’s nothing fancy about the Fundies cafe, it offers that old-school nutritious menu that is often hard to come across these days.
Expect simple and unpretentious meals like scrambled tofu or eggs on toast, a vegan big breakfast or organic rice balls and salads for lunch. There are lots of fresh juices to choose from (or design your own) too.
The beauty of the Fundies Wholefood cafe is also its proximity to the Fundies market. Pop in next door after your meal and pick up some organic groceries and save yourself another stop on the way home.
219 Given Terrace, Paddington
A lovely curated space, Kin and Co. is a popular spot, conveniently located just back from the river walk in Teneriffe.
A daily stop for us, Kin and Co. is hard not to return to again and again. The food is incredibly fresh and healthy with ingredients sourced locally and the coffee, perfectly poured.
I often opt for simple eggs on toast here. But, I can also attest to the deliciousness of the Avocado toast and my husband would eat the Savoury Mince or Breakfast Burger daily, if he could.
Australian Estates #2 Woolstore, 24 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe, Brisbane | No bookings
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Vegans will love everything about The Green Edge. A cafe menu featuring Veganised comfort-food favourites such as Bac’n and Egg MocMuffin, Eggs Beni and a Mixed Grill, all crafted from meat and dairy alternatives.
They also sell plenty of food and other vegan-friendly groceries to take home too.
Shop 2b 229 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor
It was the oh-so-cute minimalist blush theme that brought in the crowds when Miss Jones first opened. But, it is a colourful, healthy menu that keeps people coming back.
It’s a simple menu at Miss Jones, but there’s a good mix of standards like their version of avocado on toast and my go-to, the Brunswick Bowl.
Be prepared to wait for a table on the weekend as Miss Jones gets very busy.
Skye is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Fit Traveller. She is a journalist, writer, photographer, intrepid traveller and a former personal trainer with a passion for helping others reach optimal health. As a TV journalist and producer, Skye has worked for household names such as 60 Minutes, Sunrise, TODAY and Nine News. She has also written for Women’s Health, Fodor’s Travel and Yahoo7 Travel, among many others.
Skye created The Fit Traveller as a beautiful online space and community where people feel inspired to escape the desk to move and explore more.
Equally comfortable in a 5-star resort or hiking a far-off mountain, Skye loves the unexpected and enriching life experiences that each trip brings and can often be found in a backstreet chatting to locals with her camera in hand.
Skye is based in Sydney, working to master the balance between motherhood and her insatiable appetite for adventure.