Dining Around Brisbane
Wining and Dining in Brisbane Brisbane’s beautiful outdoor climate and access to fresh produce is at the centre of the city’s food identity and style. That’s why chefs from around the world are competing with homegrown talent to open their restaurants and take advantage of the city’s energy and enthusiasm.
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With an array of award-winning venues, visitors can look forward to eating their way through The City’s rich culinary offerings. The City’s Esquire is one of an elite group of just 10 Australian restaurants awarded a coveted Good Food Guide three-hat status. Other must-visit restaurants across the city include, Sake, Alchemy Restaurant & Bar, Aria, E’cco Bistro, Urbane, Il Centro, Malt, Privé 249, Seasalt at Armstrongs, Tank, Vintaged Bar + Grill, Jellyfish, Spring and Public. For those wanting to experience Brisbane’s blossoming laneway culture, stroll down the bustling Burnett Lane and enjoy the cool industrial atmosphere of The Survey Co, Super Whatnot and Brew.
Located along the banks of the Brisbane River, South Bank is home to fresh, alfresco dining Brisbane-style. Well known for the precincts of Little Stanley Street and River Quay, South Bank has a wide range of venues and flavours to suit every taste. Little Stanley Street is an integral part of a contemporary city lifestyle. It showcases an array of dining styles, offering Turkish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Italian and contemporary Australian fare. Here you will find Olé, French Martini, 5th Element and La Via.
The stylish new River Quay precinct includes four new restaurants and offers diners spectacular views of the Brisbane River and city skyline, as well as a sweeping green, purpose-built outdoor amphitheatre. Soak in the sights and sounds of the river and enjoy the delicious offerings of Cove, Stokehouse Q, Popolo, Aquitaine and The Jetty. If you prefer the sand and salt water, South Bank Surf Club, just a few paces from popular Streets Beach, offers a casual approach to waterfront dining.
The excitement surrounding Fortitude Valley’s nightlife has spilled over into its dining scene. With such a diversity of cuisines, visitors can try something new with every visit. Don’t miss the classic Italian of Tartufo, known for its first-class, award-winning menus. Few can resist the colourful Chinatown Mall. The mall follows the principles of feng shui and features water fountains, sculptures and bamboo gardens. Try your luck and explore the many authentic Asian restaurants and supermarkets, and visit local favourites Enjoy Inn and Wagaya. Those shopping in the fashion-forward heart of the Valley should experience its quirky cafe culture and take a break at places like the Flamingo Cafe, coffee roaster Fifth Battery or Jamie’s Espresso Bar.
The three heritage-listed Barracks buildings provide a charming backdrop to a range of unique dining and shopping options. A quick lunch, snack or relaxed and opulent dining are all catered for. Visit The Chelsea for a slice of New York’s Lower East Side dining, Peasant for earthy rustic Spanish tapas or Libertine Bar and Restaurant for French Vietnamese delights inspired by an east meets west fusion.
Quintessentially Brisbane, the rolling and leafy hills of Paddington are home to a range of quirky and boutique restaurants set in converted Queenslander-style houses. Anouk, Eurovida or Kettle and Tin are perfect for a lazy brunch; Montrachet is an authentic award-winning French restaurant; or Il Posto and Grappino offer irresistible Italian.
Take advantage of New Farm’s European-style culture, beautiful tree-lined streets and unique outdoor spaces by dining either alfresco or in the many open, light-filled venues. Visit Bar Alto in the Brisbane Powerhouse, Bistro Arlette, Bitter Suite, Anise Bistro & Wine Bar, Dell’Ugo or The Continental. Alternatively, drop into busy local favourite Chouquette, an authentic French boulangerie patisserie, for some mouth-watering treats.
Woolloongabba, meaning "meeting place" in local Aboriginal dialect, is a fitting name for this bustling urban hub. Locals love Woolloongabba for its casual, yet trendy restaurants. Experience this for yourself by dining at The Crosstown Eating House, Brown Dog Cafe, Pearl Cafe and Egg Bistro or the elegant 1889 Enoteca bistro and bar.