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.
ED Cafe, Brisbane City
If The Smug Fig is your go to brunch spot, let it be known that the owners have now opened up a new location in the heart of Brisbane City. ED Cafe will bring suburban vibes straight to the concrete jungle with delicious breakfast options including an acai bowl, haloumi stack, bircher muesli and crushed avo – perfect for a mid-week quick breaky.
NEW LOCATION: Jocelyn's Provisions, Camp Hill
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.
You'll be happy to wake up if it means breakfast at Little Smirk. This new suburban gem is offering quality coffee by Espresso di Manfredi and serving up breakfast classics including avocado on toast, granola and breakfast bruschetta. If you want a real treat, we suggest the hash brown stack – it's a real crowd pleaser.
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 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.
The Venzin Group have done it again. First pawpaw cafe, then piggyback cafe and now Sundays Cafe. They just never stop! The new location in Rocklea is serving up picturesque and undeniably delicious breakfasts and lunches to the south-west locals including sauteed mushroom with truffle oil on brioche, smashed avocado for under $10 and Nutella french toast. Complete your meal with an extra large coffee served in a coconut.
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.
A dough that takes 36 hours to rise is our kind of dough and it can be found at La Pinsa in Paddington. Brisbane's first pinseria is combining soft but crispy bases with traditional but exciting toppings to bring you pinsa's, the Roman ancestor of pizza. Branch out and try something a little different with the zucchine & pancetta pizza or the fiche and caprine.
This is no ordinary Italian restaurant. Yes you can get traditional pizza, pasta and bruschetta but you may notice a few distinct options on the menu. Middle Eastern, Asian and other European cultures are shown through different menu items including paella arancini, harissa lamb ribs and crispy pork belly – yum!
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.
Pochana, Brisbane City
Thai street food. Check. Oversized cocktails. Check. Laid-back vibes. Check. This new city hotspot serves all the delicious classics you'd expect from a Thai restaurant plus a little more. You'll need a few mouths to finish off the giant cocktails while you tuck into Asian chilli soft shell crab, pad prik khing and duck red curry.
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.
OPENING SOON: Special Rub, Coorparoo
Juicy, mouth-watering smoked meat straight off the bone – have we got your attention yet? Special Rub is the newest addition to Coorparoo Square, offering slow cooked brisket, saucy ribs, loaded burgers and delicious sides – all the ingrediants for an epic southern barbecue.
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!
OPENING SOON: Superfly Funkeye, Woolloongabba
From the masterminds behind Hai Hai Ramen comes Superfly Funkeye (great name huh?). This laneway bar and eatery will keep with the Asian theme but instead of ramen, will be serving up delicious plates of Asian-inspired finger food and a range of fine drops and cocktails.
Brisbane residents no longer have to travel to Byron to find home-grown goodness at Three Blue Ducks on The Farm because a new location will be opening in the highly anticipated W Brisbane. Overlooking the Brisbane River, customers can expect the same great food in a relaxed setting – spanner crab scramble, coal roasted lamb and the corn fritters will continue to feature.
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.
Showcasing a similar menu to the Noosaville location, Bordertown will continue to produce stacked and juicy burgers, Mexican-inspired tacos and a range of necessary sides – we'll take the mac & cheese please.
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.
Find it impossible to choose just one? Sample a range of plates from 12 different kitchens, grab a drink from the wine bar and settle in for live entertainment with 'under the stars dining'.
Jee's is keeping it simple with American-style burgers using high quality meat and fresh ingrediants. Grab a classic cheeseburger with beef and bacon or Korean friend chicken burger, hand-cut chips and a crushed oreo milkshake for the ultimate lunch - nothing frozen here.
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.
Carnivores only please as Smokey Moo is all about the meat, meat, meat. Indulge in slow-cooked brisket, pastrami, beef cheeks and beef ribs with a side of moo fries, cob salad or idaho potatos – the meat sweat will be real.
This permanent food truck hub offers a preview of Brisbane's varied street-food scene in a unique setting with a laneway beer garden. Three to five vendors will be hosted daily, so expect something different every time.
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.
From the owners of Brooklyn Standard, comes Brisbane's best new American sports bar, Fat Angel Sports Bar and Grill. Hidden down Eagle Lane, the bar won't let you go hungry while you watch with a great range of typical bar eats including burgers, wings and jalapeno poppers.
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.
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.
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.
Mixing science and alcohol sounds dangerous, but Viscosity has proved that it's simply delicious. Each cocktail is a mini science experiment as the bartenders combine ingredients to make different reactions. Don't believe us? Check it out for yourself.
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.
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.