A morning in the departure lounge at Brisbane Airport, sipping espresso and awaiting a holiday *Cue destination holiday daydream*
Last week I packed my bags and headed to Brisbane Airport for an adventure – only we didn’t leave the ground…
Whilst I would love to say I was jet setting off to come exotic location (oh hello Bali please let me Eat, Pray, Love you); I was actually there to taste test some of Brisbane’s finest beans and brews – something I was sceptical even existed at an airport. After all, I thought airports were home to instant coffee and not much else. Boy-oh-boy I was wrong.
To start off the day we headed to Aviation Pier for a classic bacon and egg breaky roll. There is something so nostalgic about eggs and bacon on a english muffin; they don’t call it a classic for no reason. The service was extra friendly and the roll was delicious.- especially with the melted cheese (I’m such a sucker for melted cheese). Chased down with a smooth and warming flat white; I tucked into breakfast overlooking the departing planes, whilst daydreaming of my next getaway.
Aviation Pier | Domestic Terminal: Level 2, Next to Gate 43 | Opening Hours: 5am – 10pm
Next we headed to Brisbane’s favourite espresso drop, Fonzie Abbott, for a cheeky lil’ chai on almond milk and hot chocolate. Fonzie Abbott have gained a reputation of having some of Brisbane’s best coffee; they even roast and blend their own beans. Whilst the coffee smell was delicious we opted for a non-caffeinated beverage to takeaway and stroll the shops at Brisbane Airport. I may or may not have bought some sneaky beauty supplies from Mecca – which you’ll find in the Virgin end of the terminal. I felt a little bit like Hugh Grant at the start of Love Actually watching all the exchanges of love at the departure gate. Airports really do have an excitement about them; all that pre-travel energy.
Fonzie Abbott |Domestic Terminal: Level 2, Opposite Gate 41 | Opening Hours: 4.30am – 7:00pm
Our final destination on the coffee safari was Watermark Books & Cafe; where we sipped on flat whites, read newspapers and chatted to pilots. Like legit fly-the-plane-pilots! You know you’re on to a good drop when airport regulars (pilots) drink the coffee. I also loved the ‘old school bookstore vibes’ at Watermark Books. I do love me a great bookstore; it’s a place to rewind and recharge before your flight. Watermark Books has a large variety of books; including bestseller, design, lifestyle and children’s books. Just make sure you keep an eye on the time, it would be so easy to loose track of time in here.
Watermark Books | Domestic Terminal: Level 2, Opposite Gate 23/24 | Opening Hours: 7:00am – 8:00pm
So next time you’re heading to Brisbane Airport, be sure to give yourself an extra 30 minutes to sip an espresso (chai or hot chocolate) and some of the great cafes at Brisbane Airport. We promise you, there’s so much more than the instant stuff here.
This blog post was sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation all opinions expressed are our own.