Where to find gifts for your food-loving friend in Brisbane City

Need a unique gift idea for the foodie in your life? We’ve hunted down the most scrumptious foodie gifts and experiences around Brisbane City. There's something for all budgets and tastes in our foodie gift guide.

I Heart Brownies, Wintergarden

iheartbrownie

Want to earn some serious brownie points this Christmas? Look no further than Brisbane icon I Heart Brownies, whose kiosk in the Wintergarden certainly hits the sweet spot. These hand-made artisan treats come in a dozen delicious flavours, all made with love and only the finest ingredients including Belgian black cocoa, Queensland cane sugar and free range eggs. Plus each brownie is 100 per cent gluten free. Your biggest difficulty will be choosing your flavour, but at less than $5 a pop, why stop at one?

The Cheese Pleaser

The Cheese Pleaser cheese board

Have you accepted cheeses into your life this festive season? The artisanal cheese shop tucked away in Brisbane’s CBD is a destination for cheese geeks. Pick up an elegant gift-wrapped hamper from Brisbane City’s fromagerie or have your present delivered. Cheesemonger Sharyn de Kort sources the highest-quality farmhouse cheese from around the world and pairs it with delicious chutneys, dried fruits, and pastes.

Biome

For a creative gift, look no further than Biome’s make-your-own kits. The beer and wine kits are our picks of the range but if you’re shopping for someone who makes healthier life choices, there’s fermented produce or kombucha.

Malt Traders, Market St

Crafty connoisseurs Malt Traders won us over with a dedication to local bites, beverages and expert knowledge, and now the store has turned its expertise to perfect picnics. Enjoy fine dining outdoors with one of its ingenious three-course picnic hampers, designed to be enjoyed at a Brisbane hotspot of your choosing. Simply pick your freshly-made hamper up from their CBD store and bring it back the next day. And the best part? They’ll even do the dishes! 

Noosa Chocolate Factory, Adelaide Street

Don’t be fooled by the name – Brisbane CBD is proud to house three Noosa Chocolate Factory stores, including the flagship store at 144 Adelaide St. When it comes to choosing a sweet treat from our favourite chocolatiers, rest assured there is no right or wrong option! Locals and tourists alike flood the stores daily to experience a forever-changing self-service menu of decadent delights including chocolate coated freeze-dried strawberries, chocolate honeycomb and the Noosa Chocolate Factory’s signature product, fresh rocky road.

Monster Threads, Adelaide Street

Some people treat themselves to the occasional pastry, then there are those of us who wear our croissant on a t-shirt (seriously, you can get one at Gorman on Adelaide Street). These kind of Francophiles will appreciate the croissant earrings in-store at Monster Threads. You’ll also find darling cat mugs, ceramic wine stoppers and cute kitchen canisters.

The Height of High Tea, Treasury Heritage Hotel

Treasury Heritage Hotel in Brisbane CBD is a Queensland icon, and its weekend high tea offering is fast becoming an institution unto itself. Freshly made onsite by Treasury’s talented team of pastry chefs, rally your nearest and dearest for an afternoon of sweet and savoury bliss in the sunlit surrounds of The Lab Restaurant and Bar.  

Award-winning dining experiences, various locations

Urbane

Give the gift of fine dining this Christmas with a gift voucher to one of Australia’s top restaurants. Brisbane CBD has enjoyed a restaurant revolution in recent years and now proudly boasts several world-class dining experiences. For a truly unforgettable night out, be sure to check out winners of the annual Brisbane Times Good Food Guide including three-hatted restaurant Urbane and two-hatted Esquire, and celebrity chef Matt Moran’s critically acclaimed ARIA Brisbane. 

Room with Roses, Brisbane Arcade

Room With Roses

In addition to housing one of Australia’s most charming high tea experiences (nominated by Vogue Living as top five in the country), Room with Roses in Brisbane Arcade also offers a tremendous range of affordable festive gifts. Its Specialty Christmas Gourmet Baskets take hampers to a new level, each with a selection of homemade products made using owner Vicki Pitts’ prized personal recipes. For sweet tooths, the Hot Chocolate Spoons ($4) are a great choice, as are the adorable miniature gingerbread houses and towers, starting at $5.

Jan Powers Farmers Markets, Reddacliff Place 

Every Wednesday, Reddacliff Place outside Treasury Casino transforms into a big, bustling outdoor food market, showcasing Queensland’s best produce and artisan products. The iconic Jan Powers Farmers Markets is an institution for local foodies, who travel from all over for their weekly fresh food fix.

Riverside at the Gardens Markets, City Botanic Gardens 

Riverside Gardens Market, City Botanic Gardens

The City’s beautiful heritage Botanic Gardens provide a picturesque backdrop on Sundays for the Riverside at the Gardens Markets (formerly Riverside Markets at Eagle Street Pier); an open-air extravaganza of farm-fresh produce, unique local crafts, fashion, jewellery, homewares and surprising gift ideas. Grab your coffee or fresh juice fix at one of numerous street-side vendors and browse to your heart’s content. Pro-tip: pre-pay your Secure Parking online and park at 53 Albert Street all day for just $5. 

Dello Mano, Tattersall’s Arcade

Brisbane brownie masters Dello Mano began as a single market stall at the Jan Powers Farmers Markets in 2006, quickly blossoming into one of Australia’s most celebrated bakehouses. Now shipping their revered recipes across the globe (legit Oprah has raved about them), the Dello Mano Christmas range includes handmade gingerbread, rum balls, and shortbread with Belgian chocolate ganache. Christmas brownie gift boxes start around $40 - perfect for fuss-free festive hosting or a delectable gift for your most discerning palate. 

Nau-tea or nice?

Get something thoughtful for the tea freak in your life. The Tea Centre in Brisbane Arcade sources teas from some of the finest tea gardens in the world and stocks a wide variety of pretty and novelty teaware. Head to T2 in QueensPlaza for colourful, beautifully designed tea-for-one sets. For the perfect pressie, add a box of tea or one of the little treats you find at the counter. Visit Oxfam in the Myer Centre for ethical, fair trade tea. Add the Oxfam Fair Dark Chocolate and a Nepalese stone teacup to really spoil them.

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