Calling all lovers of classic literature, and those who find it equally romanticising. There’s a café tucked away in the heart of the Brisbane suburbs which is dedicated entirely to William Shakespeare. Gather the gang for brunch at To Be Or Not To Be.
This hidden gem is seen as the second act to the venue’s sister café Method to the Madness, which you might’ve come across in Kenmore.
To Be Or Not To Be is all about artful interiors and vibrant brunch dishes, starting with the mural of William Shakespeare himself, holding a cup of coffee in one hand and a skull in the other. Sounds about right, and what a beauty this artwork by @hannahpoida is.
Paying homage to the famous poet-slash-playwright even more, the indoor dining room of the café has been nicknamed Juliet, and the outdoor area, Romeo. Whether you choose to sit inside or out, however, you’re bound to feel more alive than those tragic star-crossed lovers.
On the food menu, you’ll find a selection of classic brunch dishes such as eggs benny, breakfast tacos, paninis, burgers, salads, as well as sweet potato pancakes.
Avocado and egg lovers are guaranteed to vibe with the Shakespeare’s Medley, which is smashed avo on sourdough with pickles, whipped ricotta, poached eggs, and za’atar. Sounds like a poet’s brunch to us.
The Fritters, I Do Desire is also a tasty option, which comes with zucchini and corn fritters, a poached egg, caramelised onion jam, then topped with char grilled corn ribs.
As for drinks, To Be Or Not To Be serves up some of the best coffee in town, as well as milkshakes, juices, and smoothies. We recommend trying Will’s Mango Lassi or the Romeo + Juliet smoothie, which is a refreshing mix of tropical juice, mango, banana, fresh strawberries, and strawberry sorbet.
They’re open 7 days a week: 6.30am – 2pm from Monday to Friday and 7am – 2pm on weekends.
Find To Be Or Not To Be at 180 Westlake Dr, Westlake.
You can book a table via the cafe’s website.