City staycation: for the food and wine lover - Visit Brisbane


City staycation: for the food and wine lover

Line up your shot, steady your camera and say “cheese”… and craft beer, and artisan chocolate, and small batch wine, and sustainable seafood. Brisbane City is a simmering melting pot of the freshest local produce, tastiest regional bounty and responsibly-sourced international fare. Take your tastebuds on a gastronomic global tour from the comfort and convenience of the City’s vibrant centre.

Where to stay

Food and wine lovers in the know check into Westin Brisbane, a new five-star urban retreat in the heart of the City. The chic hotel rooms and spacious suites offer thoughtful touches including mini-refrigerators to store your foodie purchases and treats but it’s the hotel’s dining options that truly excite. Westin Brisbane is home to Nautilus, the City’s first swim-up pool bar, The Charles’ jazz bar and its signature restaurant, Eden’s Table. From tempting buffet breakfasts to a la carte dinners, Eden’s Table showcases the best of ocean, paddock and vine and celebrates local produce paired with an extensive wine list.


Where to play

The last time Brisbane had an inner-city winery was 1860. It’s been a long time between drinks but City Winery Brisbane has stepped up and operates a working micro-winery – as well as a restaurant, cellar door and function space – in a converted Fortitude Valley warehouse. Winemaker Dave Cush and his team not only make wine onsite but also operate twice-daily winery tours, host cellar door tastings and manage a full calendar of workshops and masterclasses. The Wine Blending Workshop takes small groups through the tricks and techniques to achieve the perfect taste and texture profile. The best part? Every guest receives a custom bottle of their own wine to take away at the end.

City Winery

Where to eat

The Howard Smith Wharves food and lifestyle precinct is a game-changer for the City. This once-neglected prime piece of riverfront real estate is now home to a varied collection of bars, cafés and restaurants serving visitors early morning coffees, through to evening nightcaps. One of the first to open was Felons Brewing Co., a modern-day working brewery nestled under the Story Bridge with expansive indoor and alfresco dining spaces, including popular picnic spot, The Boatyard. Its core range of beers and ciders are brewed on site with the team eager to take visitors on a journey of discovery and champion local producers with regular brewery tours and beer tastings.

Felons Brewing Co

Where to shop

Brisbane City offers a veritable retail smorgasbord of foodie delights. Pick up a bag of fair trade coffee beans from one of the City’s award-winning cafés and roasting houses; sample handmade chocolates stuffed with the likes of freeze-dried strawberries and floral honeycomb; or create your perfect grazing board with an array of local and international cheeses and accompaniments from specialist providores, The Cheese Pleaser.

The Cheese Pleaser

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