Check out the ultimate guide to King Street
Open your eyes, heart and mouth to Brisbane’s newest inner-city retail and restaurant precinct. Situated in the heart of Brisbane’s Showgrounds in Bowen Hills, King Street is home to a number of super trendy restaurants and bars including a giant beer hall, food truck hub, rock ‘n’ roll Mexican joint, classic French cuisine and some of Brisbane’s best ice cream.
Before preparing yourself for the ever-growing taste mania that sits along King Street, book yourself a staycation at the Rydges or shop through the boutiques including Queensland’s home of craft and design Artisan and homewares, accessories and clothing store Fiera Boutique. Then comes the hard part – where to eat? We're here to help with that hard decision, so read on for all our tips and tricks to surviving a King Street food crawl.
Settle into the luxurious bucket seat tables at Atelier Brasserie for an elegant European dining experience. Taking influence from French, Portuguese, Italian, Greek and Spanish cuisines means Atelier's menu is unlike any other. Start with saffron and Moreton Bay bug raviole, steak tartare with bone marrow and lamb cigars before tantalising your taste buds with stuffed calamari and duck Maryland confit.
This place is un-PHO-gettable. Banoi specialises in homestyle Vietnamese cooking, but you can expect more than simple rice paper rolls at this joint. Tuck into hefty bowls of wonton noodle soups, bao buns filled with pork belly, grilled fish rice paper rolls, and even soft-shell crab vermicelli just to name a few.
A giant beer hall has taken over the northern end of King Street. Expect the full German experience with pork knuckles, pretzels and giant beers – they have 40 on tap. There are heaps of day-of-the-week specials and events too, like every Monday there’s a ping pong tournament, Wednesday is cheap wings and comedy night and on Sundays you get a free hot dog with your stein. Prost.
Tex-Mex meets rock 'n' roll at El Camino Cantina. Surround yourself with a carnival of vibrant artwork, neon lights and rock 'n' roll music as you snack your way into a food coma with jalapeno poppers, chargrilled fajitas, quesadillas, burritos and all the filled tacos while sipping on frozen margaritas the size of your head.
Fat Dumpling specialises in hot, broth-filled dumplings either poached, pan-fried or steamed. The pork xiao long bao are a crowd favourite but we also recommend the fish dumplings for something a little different.
Needing a carb fix? Il Verde is King Street’s resident Italian restaurant serving hearty pastas, wood-fired pizzas and a range of tasty gluten-free dishes. If you happen to be stopping by on Tuesday or Thursday, we suggest their famous cheese wheel pasta, pasta mixed and served straight from a cheese wheel, it’s exactly how it sounds, creamy and delicious.
A fresh croissant and sourdough baguette? Oui Monsieur! Montrachet, another King Street favourite, has expanded their simple boulangerie to accommodate the increasing number of people craving their pastries. Drop in for a coffee and pastry or dine a la carte with Parisian-style breakfast and lunch.
This one’s for the coffee connoisseurs and blissful brunch fanatics looking to find their morning fix along King Street. Kuhl-Cher Coffee is a premium coffee outlet and brew bar - one of the only inner-city roasteries that roasts, grinds and brews its own coffee. You’ll feel like Goldilocks sipping on a hot brew as they use a variety of alternative brewing techniques to make sure your caffeine hit is just right.
There’s always room for dessert, it’s scientifically proven! And La Macelleria’s convenient location in the middle of King Street makes it hard to resist this post meal treat. The menu is filled with Italian classics and unique Australian-influenced creations - sure to suit any gelato craving.
Regulars continue to return to this intimate French restaurant for one reason – the crab soufflé. Well they also return for its charming setting, excellent customer service, five-course degustation supper club on Fridays, the French wine and probably every single menu item, but the crab soufflé is a definite highlight and must be ordered on every occasion.
What do you get when you mix your childhood dreams with a super duo from Melbourne? The first gaming themed burger join in Brisbane. Inspired by Street Fighter and a bevy of arcade games the Super Combo menu is a globally inspired collection of powerful flavours and has won the Burger Adventure Top 10 for five years running. The regular burger levelled up.
This permanent food truck joint and bar took over the Dairy Hall and Sugar Building in 2018 and has been making waves ever since with its nightly changing food trucks, huge space, special weekend festivals and events (a dumpling festival included), secret gin bar and massive bar stocked with plenty of beer. If you want to determine who buys the next round make use of the outdoor games section with giant chess, Jenga and basketball arcade games.
There’s also Hello Chicken for crispy fried chicken, The Lamb Shop for succulent souvlaki and other Greek delights, The George Bar & Bistro for mid-week modern Australian brews and bites, GG Espresso for great coffee and Sushi & Nori for an authentic taste of Japan.