The best laneways and stay-cays

Venture into unknown territory and explore the hidden laneways in Brisbane City. These best-kept secrets are perfect for lunch, dinner, and drinks with friends. Make a trip out of your adventure and plan a stay-cay with our guide to hotels in walking distance of these hidden gems.

Felix for Goodness

Felix Espresso

Escape the crowd in Queen Street Mall and retreat to Burnett Lane's hideaway restaurant and cafe. Felix for Goodness serves wholesome, seasonal food using local, organic ingredients. Sit on the stools overlooking the lane for great people watching. 

Super Whatnot

Super Whatnot

Super Whatnot is a laneway bar with a personality all of its own. Find the industrial space down Burnett Lane with a rotating range of craft beers, an unexpected array of boutique wines, classic and original cocktails, and gourmet snackery inspired by the Americas. Super Whatnot might not appeal to everyone, but that's the point.

John Mills Himself

John Mills Himself

John Mills Himself cafe and bar stays true to the building’s architectural heritage, featuring high windows and exposed brick walls. Finding the bar can be tricky but it's well worth the adventure - look for the tallest heritage brick building in Charlotte Street. The baristas use local coffee roasters like Mecca, Small Batch, Sample and Wood & Co and serve fresh-baked pastries during the day. At night, John Mills Himself turns into an intimate wine and piano bar. 

Coppa Spuntino


Coppa Spuntino is a boutique pizzeria and charcuterie haunt. The Italian spuntino and wine bar dishes up delicious rustic Italian food in Creek Street. Enjoy a range of plates, tapas, charcuterie, and mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas. Bellissimo! 

The Gresham

The Gresham Bar

The Gresham oozes old-world charm with an eccentric touch. This whisky and bourbon saloon offers some of the highest calibre rum, whiskey and wine the country; along with an extensive and artistic cocktail list. With a seven-metre-high pressed-metal ceiling and an antique Victorian fireplace, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. 

The Coop Espresso

The Coop Espresso is a hole-in-the-wall coffee joint on Eagle Lane. Tucked between Queen and Eagle Streets, grab some fresh baked treats on the run courtesy of Kaptain Patisserie including pies, berry ‘plunders’, muffins, brownies, banana cakes and quiches.



Step inside a little red phone booth off George Street and you'll find yourself descending into Bean. This underground coffee house and bar is an alleyway favourite with a record player, books, and snacks all creating an eclectic atmosphere.

If you want to experience all of Brisbane City's underground laneway scene, plan a stay-cay and go exploring all weekend.

Treasury Casino

The Treasury Casino

Treasury Hotel offers unmatched old-world splendour with the modern facilities of a five-star hotel. Experience the non-stop excitement and decadence of a 24-hour casino for something special. 

NEXT Hotel

Next Wide

Need to Netflix and chill after exploring all day? NEXT has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and four free mini-bar items of your choice daily. Unwind at The Pool Terrace and Bar - centred around a 20m infinity-edge pool, it is the perfect spot to soak up Brisbane’s perfect year-round weather.


Pullman Wide

If you've spent all day exploring the CBD's underground secrets head to The Pullman Hotel's rooftop bar. After drinks at Sixteen Antlers Rooftop Bar (with epic views of City Hall) stay overnight in 5-star luxury.

Stamford Plaza

Stamford Wide

Stamford Plaza sits on the banks of the Brisbane River. Soak up the riverside tranquility and stunning views or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool.


Find the Hilton on the iconic Queen Street Mall, within walking distance of the city’s most popular attractions. The Hilton offers a range of activities to keep you entertained during your stay. Relax in the outdoor heated swimming pool or play a game of tennis on their court.

W Brisbane

With views overlooking South Bank, the W Brisbane offers rooms with sweeping river views. Bask in exceptional design and contemporary luxury in spacious guestrooms and suites. After exploring Brisbane City's laneways come back to the W Brisbane for a few cocktails at the Living Room Bar or the WET Deck.

Novotel, South Bank 

On the other side of the river, the Novotel South Bank is located on Cordelia Street in close proximity to the Brisbane River and Musgrave Park. Enjoy fresh, local cuisine at Spice Central or wander across the river to the CBD's hidden laneways. 

By Brittany Mohr

Brittany’s ultimate weekend involves wine (rosé) and cheese (manchego) at La Lune, seeing a live show and going for a wander along the Brisbane River. Passionate about the leafy Western suburbs, she’s a lady of fine tastes so naturally her best kept secret is #treatingyo'self to a session at luxe day spa One Wybelenna. Bliss.

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