Where to dine in West End
A fusion of cultures and a lively vibe give the inner-city suburb of West End its own special charm.
The choices are endless at West End. You can stroll through the weekend markets, where aspiring designers peddle their wares among organic grocers, cosy bars and coffee houses; feed your hunger for organic produce, drinks and cocktails; or groove at the many live-music venues.
Boundary St is the pulsing hub of the suburb, with its high concentration of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes. Attracting a diverse array of cultures, West End offers an array of cuisine from Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian and more.
West End is particularly known for its Greek food and it is easy to find cheap, quality fare to satisfy any hunger. Try Little Greek Taverna on the corner of Browning and Boundary Street. A family run business that offers traditional Greek fare from the Makedonia.
The Greek Club's Nostimo offers an amazing banquet option that will give you a taste of traditional favourites and leave you satisfied, happy and full. Lefkas located a little way up the hill in Hardgraves road is worth the trip. It is a Brisbane institution and offers simple, tasty food combinations with an affordable price tag. Try the Saganaki cheese as an entree, we are drooling just thinking about it.
Affordable dining is easy to find in West End – a suburb that doesn't take itself too seriously. For fantastic Japanese try Bird's Nest Yakitori or Izakaya Goku. Trang ticks the box for Vietnamese, Chop Chop Changs and Quan Thanh for Asian fusion. Turkish restaurant Caravanserai is another popular foodie paradise offering a candlelit ambiance and charm with stunning views of the Brisbane River from the back deck.
If it's all too hard to decide, head to the Boundary Street Markets on Friday and Saturdays nights to eat everything from Persian to Polynesian at the many market stalls.
The Gun Shop Cafe is a favourite with a menu that lists everything, from Canadian brioche, French toast with caramelised banana to potato fetta hash cakes with spinach, roast tomato and herb sour cream. Plenty's motto is 'know your farmer' and works to connect city folk with those out west.
Miss Bliss puts the focus on healthy eating with something for allergies, diets and more. Round out your must-eat breakfast list with The Burrow, Morning After, Billykart, and Suburban Cafe.
Calling for coffee
Coffee plays a big role in defining the precinct’s image and there are a number of cafes serving up brews of differing styles. Ugees Espresso Bar sports a warm and humble aesthetic and is a popular hub for locals. Other coffee shops to pop by include The Cheeky Bean Espresso Bar, West End Coffee House, Who Shot The Barista and Blackstar.
Not to be forgotten, Three Monkeys Coffee is a West End staple – and is open super late for chai bowls, games of chess, with snacks or shakes as the perfect accompaniment.
If you're not chasing the flavours of the world, settle for a gasto-pub meal at London Fields. If you would like something a little different, neighborhood style eatery and bar Lokal + Co serves Nordic influenced modern seasonal plates crafted from local produce.
Those who are vegetarians and vegans will be delighted with West Ends offering of Govindas and VegeRama. Plus, most of the restaurants in West End will have an extended vegetarian menu.
Bars and nightlife
Complementing the dining scene, West End’s bars and pubs are always popular. Read about nightlife, live music and the bar scene in West End here.