New cafes, restaurants, bars & shops in Brisbane
Brisbane is an ever-expanding city of dining venues, watering holes and shopping experiences, with more surprises waiting around every corner. We’ve rounded up the new crop of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes that have recently opened to add to your must-try list.
Great new cafes in Brisbane
Great Scott! We're heading back to the future for Doc Brown's tasty breakfast and lunch options. You can also opt to stay in the present and just visit at a regular time for prosciutto and mozzarella toasties, avo toast and smoothie bowls.
Brisbane now has an edible cookie dough eatery in the heart of Fortitude Valley, and it has everyone's sweet tooth going a little crazy. Choose from a range of flavours including almond and white chocolate, peanut butter brownie and red velvet to relive your baking dreams and truly lick the spoon – the mixtures do not contain eggs.
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You can definitely make friends with salad when dining at Grown. Offering an entirely plant-based menu and primarily utilising local produce grown within 400km of Brisbane, carnivores will not oppose to making a dietary switch – especially if a vegan wine or beer is on the way.
Everyone's favourite bakery is expanding east and now offers every Jocelyn's delight at the new Camp Hill store. Walk out with a sour cream chocolate cake with absolutely no regrets and a shorter drive home.
Due to popularity in the Teneriffe location, La Macelleria is bringing authentic Italian gelato, sorbet, shakes, espresso and cakes to the humble streets of West End. Both owners trained in the Italian capital of gelato Bolognia before bringing their expertise to humble Brisbane. Locals must try crowd favourites and traditional Italian flavours pistacchio, crema bologna and bacio – sure to suit any gelato craving.
NEW LOCATION: Lick!, Morningside
One of Brisbane's most loved ice-cream producers, Lick! has opened a second store in Morningside, much to the delight of locals. The Lick! team has created the iconic Ekka Strawberry Sundae since 2012 and continues to impress with creamy flavours including vanilla bean, cookies and cream, licorice, salted caramel and passionfruit lemon.
Popular Brisbane restaurant Montrachet has decided to treat you all and open a classic French boulangerie. Throw away the plane ticket and head to Bowen Hills for buttery croissants, fresh eclairs and brisket pies.
This is not just your average bakery. Yes you'll find delicious baked goods lining the front counter but you'll also find an extensive menu of quality breakfast and lunch dishes including breakfast bruschetta, house-cured Tasmanian salmon and vegetarian linguine. You won't be finding those at Brumby's.
Staying true to the name, Bakery Lane produces the goods with a new French-style bakery offering the authentic buttery croissants Brisbane has been lacking. Tuck into a traditional French breakfast with barista-made coffee and pastries or indulge in a sweet crepe filled with Nutella, honey, or strawberries and whipped
A boutique bar and restaurant is set for the leafy suburb of Coorparoo in the up-and-coming Coorparoo Square. Offering mouthwatering eats and unique drinks from breakfast through to dinner, you’ll be going the distance to try out this new venue.
Taking the poke bowl craze to the next level, Cheeky has added a touch of Aussie style to the traditional Hawaiian and Japanese influenced poke bowls. Take a seat in the trendy fitout and enjoy poke bowls, poke-style tacos and a variety of drinks.
Two nights a week, West-end based vegan cafe Grown welcomes Urbane head chef Alejandro Cancino to create miracles in the kitchen with plant-based ingrediants. Serving only eight patrons in each sitting allows you to indulge in this exclusiuve seven-course set menu without the hussle and bustle of a busy restaurant. Bookings essential.
Italian food restaurant serves exactly what you'd expect – Italian food! Delicious, hearty servings of buffalo mozzarella, ricotta-filled ravioli and fried octopus with blood orange.
Mrs Brown is bringing relaxed neighbourhood style back into the streets of Newstead with home-style food made by locals, for locals. The head chef is none other than Adam Marino, previously of LONgTIME and Spirit House, who is showing off his culinary skills in menu items of slow roasted lamb shoulder, crispy skinned braised pork belly and stuffed Portobello mushrooms to name a few.
Ol’ School, South Brisbane
Let’s be honest, a classic, greasy serving of fish and chips always goes down a treat but the standard of fish and chips is changing with the team behind Hello Please extending their expertise to open a quality-driven fish and chippery. Fresh fish and tried-and-tested hand cut chips served in a boutique venue are sure to blow your standards out of the water.
Enjoy pizza made with Salt Meats Cheese house-made dough, fresh pastas, sandwiches and brunch from their all-day dining menu – no matter how full you are, there is always room for dessert.
The mastermind behind Sichuan Bang Bang and Pizzeria Violetta continues to conquer the world, this time heading to the Greek Islands for influence. Expect traditional Mediterranean food hot off the barbecue grill and served in a simple but comfortable setting – Opa!
Pubs & Bistros
Sip on a range of national and international craft beers while you enjoy gourmet dishes like Pacific oysters and pomegranate mignonette, a ‘posh’ fish finger sandwich with freshly crumbed cod and fresh prawn cocktails.
No need to keep California dreamin’ because the experts behind Cali Eatery and Bar are bringing those laid back vibes straight to this riverside suburb. Specialising in the ever-popular poke bowls, you can also expect Tiki-style cocktails in the forms of caramel buttered espresso martini’s, honeydew melon juice and banana sand and rhubarb infused vermouth just to name a few.
Serving breakfast, dessert and everything in between, Cribb Street Social offers up delicious eats and drinks anytime of the day. Don’t let the aesthetic dishes take your mind away from the carefully curated wine, beer and cocktail offerings – combine this with the large alfresco area and you’re set for the afternoon.
Opening 1 December, we expect the heritage-listed Collins Place to become Brisbane's biggest party house this summer. A bit cheeky and a whole lot of fun, dive into the multi-level Queenslander house for fun and tropical ales and cocktails, and stay for the rotisserie and seafood heavy menu. Cheers to Brisbane's never-ending summer vibes.
Mission Vietnamese is returning to the roots of traditional Vietnamese food to find the perfect balance of flavours between sweet, salty, sour and spicy. From this, the perfect combination between modern and traditional has been combined in the form of bahn mi's, pho and vermicelli noodle salads.
Housed in a heritage building dating back to 1864, Osbourne Hotel has reinvented the space to introduce a beer garden, lounge bar and bistro area serving 94 beers on tap and classic but fine-fare pub food. Get out of those dark and crowded bars and relax in an outdoor setting under a glass roof in a space built for 400 – yep, an all-weather beer garden.
A new level of sophistication has entered the Fortitude Valley nightlife scene. The Palace Supper Club is open every day until late and is offering quality, modern Australian cuisine paired with a variety of delicious cocktails, wines and spirits. The best part, you can dine in style late into the evening – no more late night kebabs need to be eaten.
Archer’s Bunker, Spring Hill
Brisbane-born beer baby Archer Brewing has opened a slightly secretive venue where fans of the beer can drink it firsthand. Located under the International Hotel in Spring Hill, you’ll find Archer’s Bunker behind the Archer Brewing fridge in Cellarbrations bottle-o where a small beer appreciation society may have set up camp.
Locals are certainly thanking the owners for opening up a charming watering hole that offers a range of craft beers, wines and spirits as well as a seasonally changing menu of delectable eats.
Boundary Street may have lost Lock’n’Load Bistro but in its place will open Convent Garden, a botanical gin bar celebrating the vibrant West End community and herby spirit. This tropical oasis with be sporting an entirely leafy interior and will showcase a large range of Australian craft spirits, cocktails and bistro-style menu.
Bulimba's buzzing suburbia can now add microbrewery to the description. Pop in for a freshly brewed beer and a flat bread or five without the worry of having to travel home. If you're coming from elsewhere, the ferry stop is down the road – now there's no excuse.
Promoting the boutique, smaller wine producers worldwide, Mr Chester Wine Bar offers world-class wine pairings to be savoured over food and enjoyed with friends. Bold reds from Mendoza, textural whites from Adelaide Hills and delicate sparklings from Tasmania are only a few of the options that the head sommelier will be offering for your dining experience.
Add a little retro experience into your evening and pair craft beers, wines and spirits with a range of arcade games, pinball machines and board games. Operating out of heritage-listed Moreton Rubber Works building in Woolloongabba, Pincadia is kidults heaven with 80s arcade game pacman and a menu of classic diner food including chiko rolls, dagwood dogs and doughnuts.
Feel the fresh river breeze as you sink a few drops and watch the sunset over the river. Riverland compasses two shipping containers, exposed beams, an open air beer garden and food truck quality food making it the perfect place for an after work tipple.
Just a stone's throw from the City Botanic Gardens lies Silver Fox Wine Bar, the latest addition to the city's growing bar scene but with the added high-end aesthetic and comfort all good wine bars should boast. Let the experts guide you towards your perfect drink before complementing it with cheese and charcuterie. Your colleagues will be thoroughly impressed if you recommend such a classy establishment for that after-work knock-off.
The Cloakroom Bar, CBD
The Cloakroom on Elizabeth St is getting an extension. Extending upon its abilities to make dashing clothes for the gentlemen of Brisbane, it will be trying its hand at bar tending, with the The Cloakroom Bar. What do the two have in common? Both are bespoke affairs. After entering through the side alley and back stairs, don't expect to find a menu but instead take a seat at the bar and the bar tender will make a custom cocktail especially for you - but shhhh, we want to keep this one a secret.
After building a successful brand throughout Melbourne, the boys have headed north and brought their expertise on wine to the sunshine state. This is no regular wine bar, the majority of drops circulating the shelves are biodynamic and organically grown and with the current menu offering a range of charcuterie options, the doors are open for you to bring food from other Fortitude Valley joints.
NEW LOCATION: Arc + Family, Fortitude Valley
Supplying hand-crafted pots to Bulimba households since 2014, the creators behind Arc + Family have decided to broaden their horizons and take over the corner store on James Street. The store will hold the vast collection of hand-crafted pots as well as plant stands, candles and homewares – you’ll be a loyal pot head in no time.
Australian owned and highly recognized makeup giant Mecca has opened the biggest Mecca store in Australia on Queen Street Mall. Filled to the brim with all your favourite Mecca brands and products, the new store spreads over 550sq m of space and offers a beauty concierge, beauty bars and a skin zone available for consultations.
The first to open in Brisbane, Mister Zimi’s James Street boutique continues to showcase transeasonal style through the vibrant and feminine collections. Designed to bring out the adventurer in all of us, don’t resist a peek into the new location on James Street.
Brisbane designers Thessy and Yiota took the Australian fashion market by storm when they began their online store selling feminine and fashion forward clothing. They have now opened their first store in Chermside and have no intention of looking back.