In the past 15 years, inner-city Teneriffe has undergone a dramatic transformation from a run-down former industrial suburb to a desirable, gentrified riverside precinct and now one of the city’s most desirable and iconic destinations.
Teneriffe’s history is strongly tied to the wool and grain industries, with many converted wool and grain stores still bearing the names of the companies that owned them. The woolstores and other buildings have been converted to apartments, including 205 loft-style units at the former state cannery site. This gentrification attracted cafes, restaurants, shops and upgraded transport services. With a young and affluent demographic, Teneriffe now has a desirable riverside village atmosphere and provides a vibrant lifestyle close to the CBD.
Historically, important facilities included the Dalgety grain store (1906) at Teneriffe Wharf, Winchcombe Carson's Woolstore (1910) and the Australian Mercantile Land and Finance Woolstore (1911), both in Vernon Tce.
The wharves were served by a railway line from Bowen Hills, and when the rail line closed in 1990, most of the riverfront was unused or in a state of decay. But that began to change when a boardwalk was built in 2000 and then the conversion of the woolstores into apartments.
These days Teneriffe is rich with a plethora of eateries and coffee shops including local favourite Beccofino, which offers all the classic traditional Italian fare: pizza, pasta, seafood and meat dishes. South American-influenced London Porterhouse is a recent addition, building a strong reputation for juicy steaks and fine wine. And during the day its neighbour Brio serves great coffee, all-day breakfast, and juices and smoothies that are hard to beat.
For something different, Primal Pantry is a Paleo cafe, grocery store and takeaway, which means it specialises in grass-fed, gluten-free and organic meal options. Coffee lovers should also check out Mr Rush Espresso Bar, a non-profit venture of Artslink Queensland, which supports artists and cultural development.
Soak up glorious river views at Eves on the River, in the heritage-listed MacTaggarts Place woolstore. The idyllic vista makes it the perfect place to share a romantic dinner, casual lunch or breakfast, or just relax at the bar with a cocktail. You can also relax and watch the river traffic at Aqualinea, where the focus is on using the freshest local seafood and produce. Or if tapas is what your palate craves, head to London Club. Modern Australian cuisine also features on the menu, with drinks including cocktails and ciders.