Brisbane's Best Coffee Is Hidden Away Behind A Loading Dock!

John Mills Himself!

16 July 2018

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If you're the type of person who likes to go to a nice café for coffee, but you're not a fan of crowds, then heading to a place that's basically hidden away from the main street might be something you should think about.

If you've been wandering around Queen Street Mall for a while and are looking for some peace and quiet, as well as a killer coffee, then John Mills Himself is a café that should definitely be on your radar.


Hidden behind a loading dock off of Elizabeth Street, John Mills Himself is a quiet sanctuary in the heart of Brisbane where you can grab a drink and have a chat with someone you haven't seen in a while, without the crowds and in an Instagram-worthy setting.

The café sits at the bottom of a heritage building which is one of the largest heritage brick buildings on Charlotte Street.


It was named after John Mills, who was a printer, built his office, printery workshop and warehouse on the site in 1919.

The building is now home to the café, Archive Books, one of the biggest second-hand bookshops in the city and a variety of other businesses.

John Mills Himself is quite a small café, however, they make up for that small space by creating a relaxing atmosphere, making excellent coffee and sweet treats!

Plus, on some nights during the week, the café transforms into a bar from 4pm!


You can pop in for a few beers, cocktails, or a glass of wine on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and if you have a special occasion to celebrate, you can also book the whole place out for your own shindig!

John Mills Himself is one of Brisbane's hidden gems!

John Mills Himself

40 Charlotte Street, Brisbane


Mon - Fri 6:30am - 3:30pm


Tues, Thurs & Sat 4pm - 10pm

Fri 4pm - Midnight

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