Where to eat and drink along James Street

From activewear brunches to late-night hideaway bars, James St is the scene to be seen at. 

Whether you’re planning a shopping trip with lunch, need to celebrate over dinner, or want to meet friends at a cool bar – James St has just the place.

Breakfast and brunch



An institution, Harvey’s is the leafy spot to meet girlfriends for brunch and while away the morning over poached eggs and coffee until the shops open. Be daring and swap coffee for a cocktail.

King Arthur

This petite loft warehouse hidden just off James on Arthur St is a superb secret breakfast spot. The kitchen works with local suppliers and Food Connect to deliver seasonal menus using ingredients from within a 180km radius.

Chow House

If it’s variety you desire, Chow House is the place. Located next to the cinema, this cafe fuses east and west in its jumbo morning menu.

Coffee hit

Jamie’s Espresso

A graffiti laneway and hole-in-the-wall coffee shop combine to create this uber-cool caffeinated hangout. Bring your pup along.


Not on James St, but just across the road from Pottery Barn, drop by Bellissimo for locally roasted specialty coffee and Italian treats.


You’ve found it! Campos HQ is tucked behind the James Street Markets and serves a seasonal menu alongside its specialty coffee. This is where the magic happens.

Casual dining

Gerard’s Bistro

Gerard's Bistro

One must tick this venue off any dining bucket list in Brisbane. Head chef Ben Williamson celebrates Middle Eastern and North African cuisine with a European influence. Take friends, it’s a share concept and you’ll want to order lots of dishes.


Say ciao to Bucci, an Italian restaurant in the heart of the shopping strip. Executive chef Shaun Malone uses fresh, organic and locally sourced produce wherever possible in a light, seasonal menu. Don’t miss the to-die-for rich and velvety chocolate cake.

Tinderbox Kitchen

Tinderbox Kitchen

Straight from the roaring Beech wood-fired oven to your plate – Tinderbox Kitchen serves up pizzas and modern Italian cuisine. Drop by for a casual lunch, dinner catch-up or birthday celebration.

The Purple Olive

Further towards New Farm, The Purple Olive is an underrated classic and rustic Italian restaurant. The family-run operation makes its own pasta and gelato from scratch.

Cheap and easy

Fresh Sushi Co

Hidden within the James Street Markets, head to the far end to find this BYO sushi counter for a fresh sashimi hit. 

Ribs & Burgers

The name says it all really, pop by the casual eatery to dine on slow cooked ribs, gourmet burgers, chicken wings and more for lunch or dinner.

The Yiros Shop

You’ll likely spot this tiny, hidden store first by the crowd milling outside. Fill your yiros pita with lamb, chicken or pork, ripe tomatoes, red onion, parsley, tzatziki and chips.

Sweet treats

Jocelyn’s Provisions

Need a cake? Go to Jocelyn’s. The artisan bakery is known for its exquisite and high-quality cakes, bread and sweet treats. You won’t walk out empty-handed.

Scrumptious Reads

Australia’s first Sinmei Tea Room is hidden within this foodie bookshop. Drop in for green tea and a matcha brownie.

Dello Mano

Brisbane’s famous brownies – it’s said Ashton Kutcher once requested them for his birthday. These rich, luxury little foil-wrapped squares are a must eat. The Dello Mano shopfront on Doggett St also houses a full service cafe.

Chester Street Bakery

Chester Street

For cakes by the slice, boozy brunch and late-night dessert – Chester Street is the place. Two blocks back from James St, we know you’ll walk for a sugar hit.

NoDo Donuts

In nearby Chester St, NoDo technically isn’t on James St either but the walk is worth it for these gluten-free doughnuts that are baked, not fried. That makes them healthy, right?

Bars and late-night eats

Sixes & Sevens

This hip bar packs out on weekends and is particularly popular for a Sunday afternoon session when the venue takes over the neighbouring paved area. Drop in for a drink in the old Queenslander and nibble on gastropub eats. 

Gerard’s Bar

Gerard's Bar Burgers

The industrial-chic Gerard’s Bar specialises in chacuterie and late-night eats. Drop by for a cocktail of your fancy paired with gourmet share plates or the renowned cheeseburger – chefs flame grill it before your eyes.

Cru Bar

Lounge around with the cool cats catching a breeze and sipping champagne at Cru Bar. The bar boasts a Coravin system that keeps the cork in the bottle and the wine free from oxidisation – meaning it can offer more bottles by the glass.


Come across James St late at night while hungry? Well, you’re in the right place. Farrier Supper Club has the kitchen open until 2am every single night, with a short menu of dishes to satisfy.

Still hungry?