Got one day in Brisbane City? Here's how to spend it

If you’ve landed in the Brisbane CBD and only have one day to lap up everything on offer, don't fret – our complete guide has you covered with all the things you need to pack in during your stay. Hop to it.


8-9am – But first, coffee

Get your day started at Australia’s best café with coffee and breakfast at Coffee Anthology. Café review site Beanhunter named it as the top spot in Oz for a brew, and we have to say it’s pretty damn good. Brekkie options here are light but delish.

9-11am – Shopping

Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

There’s more than a thousand retailers in the CBD ranging from awesome bargains to the truly luxe, so take the chance to shop up a storm. If you’re from out of town, make a point of picking up the Travellers’ Perk Pass from the Myer Centre Customer Service Desk. Get it in your hot little hands and you'll get access to a bunch of deals and discounts in the centre. While you’re in there, also check out the We Will Rock You exhibition, on from 4-17 August.

11am-12.30pm – City Hall

Brisbane City Hall organ

She’s a grand old building with plenty of history in which to delve so make sure you check it out. You can take a City Hall Tour and head up the clock tower to check out the views of the CBD. There’s also an incredible exhibition that looks at the characters and stories of our city – 100% Brisbane.


12.45-2pm – High Tea at Room with Roses in Brisbane Arcade

Room with Roses

Who doesn’t have time for tea and cake? And wine, for that matter. Room with Roses has a lovely view over Brisbane Arcade, which you can enjoy while nibbling on cute cakes and gourmet sandwiches. Gorgeous stuff.

2.15-3.30pm – Strike Bowling, Wintergarden

Do we need to say more? Don some brilliantly terrible shoes, rattle the pins and knock over a few spares.

3.30-4pm – Eat brownies

Dello Mano

Dello Mano brownies, that is. They are – quite simply – incredible. Get them to-go from Tattersall's and if you’re in need of a second (or third) coffee for the day, go next door to Marchetti.

4.30pm-5.15pm – Catch a colourful Brisbane winter sunset

Venture to Eagle Street Pier and stroll along the river. From here, you can watch the sunset and the Story Bridge light up. And there's nothing quite like a winter sunset in Brisbane.


5.30-6.30pm – Cheese and wine at Grape Therapy

Everything’s happy underground, and that’s where you’ll find Grape Therapy (in my expert medical opinion, the greatest therapy). The wine list twists and turns like the Brisbane River, so there's bound to be something to match your palate. Grab a cheese or charcuterie platter as well, because what else would you be doing with your wine-free hand?

6.45-8.15pm – Dinner at Esquire or e'cco Bistro

E'cco Bistro

e'cco Bistro's strawberry, rhubarb and rosewater cheesecake.

They have both been rated among the best of the best in the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide so settle in for a taste-bud tingling treat. Choose Esquire for a wild gastronomical ride; e’cco for truly refined bistro dining.

8.30pm – Bar Pacino for cocktails with a view of Customs House and Story Bridge

Bar Pacino Outdoor Terrace

We’ll let the picture tell this tale. Enjoy...

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