Where to eat while shopping Queen Street Mall

Shopping is a sport, and athletes of all kinds require fuel to keep going. Give yourself a rest between gift hunting, bargain finding and dress sourcing at these cafes, restaurants and fast-food joints dotted on and around the Queen Street Mall.

Read our comprehensive guide to shopping along the Queen Street Mall. Retail trading hours here.

Great cafes

Felix for Goodness
Felix

Some of the best cafes around the mall are tucked just out of sight – but don’t put them out of mind. Down Burnett Lane, which runs parallel to Queen Street Mall, find Felix for healthy salads and nourishing eats and Brew Café for a quick and cheap meal in the lane. Both spots moonlight as bars come dark.

In Tattersall’s Arcade, Italian-influenced café Marchetti serves a short menu of refined dishes, plus does killer cannoli. 

Strauss
Strauss

A stone’s throw from the mall, Pando Café on Adelaide St caters for people with all sorts of allergies – and the sweet potato fries are the bomb. Strauss sits in a lane off Elizabeth St and specialises in a handful of tasty salads and bread-based lunch items. The coffee is tops too.

Nearby restaurants and pubs

Smack bang in the centre of the mall, Jimmy’s On The Mall is open 24/7 and serves a wide-ranging menu from its two-storey dwelling. This spot, along with the Pig ‘n’ Whistle and Milano, all sit on the mall and make for great people watching while eating, watching sport or sinking beers.

Lennons Restaurant & Bar
Lennon's Restaurant & Bar

Also along the mall, head up the escalator at Next Hotel to find Lennon’s Restaurant and Bar – a casual and contemporary eatery that’s fully air-conditioned and overlooks the mall. At the other end inside the Hilton Hotel above Wintergarden is Vintaged Bar & Grill, a modern Australian establishment that serves breakfast through to dessert and specialises in steak, but also has a vegan menu.

Look for the staircase that goes under Wintergarden to find Mick O’Malley’s Irish pub for a few classic eats (also try Irish Murphy’s and Gilhooleys nearby). Or head up the staircase at the Edward St end near the St.George bank to experience fine Japanese cuisine at Sono. The lunchtime bento box is great.

Jamie's Italian
Jamie's Italian

At the Edward St end of the mall look out for Jamie’s Italian inside the old Rowe’s Arcade building. While at the other end off Reddacliff Place, the Treasury Casino is home to Luke Nguyen’s cheap and tasty Fat Noodle. In neighbouring Brisbane Square, Communal has a modern pub vibe with a simple menu, as does Café Brisbane. 

Quick service restaurants

What’s the difference between a quick-service restaurant and the regular restaurants above? These ones are more like fast food without the takeaway counter. Drop in without a reservation for a quick lunch with a touch of class.

Comuna Cantina
Comuna Cantina

Just off the centre of Queen Street Mall lies Albert Lane, a little street that’s home to the two-storey quick-Italian place Vapiano, Comuna Cantina, Little Singapore and Harajuku Gyoza.

Downstairs in QueensPlaza near the Coles, New Shanghai is a Chinese dumpling restaurant, while just around the corner on Edward St find excellent ramen at Taro’s.

On the upper floor of the Wintergarden centre is a restaurant hub – dine in at Hanaichi for Japanese, Pappa Rich for Malaysian, and Grill’d for burgers. 

At the George St end of the mall, find burger bar Miss Kay’s opposite the Treasury Casino. For the burger enthusuiast, Red Hook do a mean Brooklyn Cheeseburger, Charboys Burgers follow the classic burger formula (and do it oh so well) on Edward St, or follow your to nose to Miel for a mouth-watering burger on Mary St.

Food courts

When you need to shop, you need to shop – grab a quick, cheap lunch to have on the go at one of the many food courts in Brisbane City. 

The Wintergarden, QueensPlaza, MacArthur Central and Myer Centre all have epic food courts located on the basement or lower levels of the complexes. All three have a wide variety of cuisine – making them a good choice for fussy eaters too.

Nearby, Post Office Square sits off Queen St opposite the GPO and is the go-to for many-a-CBD-worker. Head underground to grab a quick bite in the food court or choose from one of the quick-service restaurants on the square – best of all, you can enjoy your lunch on the lawn here.

Sweet fixes

Come 3pm you’ll be needing a sugar fix to keep up the shopping momentum. If you find yourself about to give into the 3pm tasty treat temptation, we have your guide to where to go to cure those afternoon cravings here.

iheartbrownie

Drop into the I Heart Brownies kiosk in the Wintergarden centre near French Connection for gluten-free brownies in a dozen flavours. 

Nearby in Tattersall’s Arcade, the Dello Mano cafe will have you drooling over its cakes, cookies and world-famous luxury foil-wrapped brownies too. Also in Tattersall’s Arcade, Italian cafe Marchetti’s Nutella roll is one for the bucket list, as is the cannoli. 

Over on Adelaide St, the Noosa Chocolate Factory’s pick ‘n’ mix of artisan chocolate-covered fruit and nuts is perfect for a quick fix.

While those with a bit more time should stop in for afternoon tea at quaint teahouse Room With Roses, located on the gallery level of the historic Brisbane Aracde.

Bars by the mall

Late-night shopping is Friday night – everything is open until 9pm in the mall. Perhaps you want to kick things off with an espresso martini, or end with a nightcap – we’re not here to judge, just inform.

Next Hotel

Jump in the elevator at Next Hotel and head to the pool level. Four levels up, find a rooftop bar to overlook the Queen Street Mall with a cheeky bev. Sixteen Antlers is perched atop the Mercure Brisbane King George Square, offering a bird's-eye-view of the surrounding city while sipping on something from their extensive drinks menu. If views really are your thing, head to Bar OTTO for a post-work apertivi overlooking St John's Cathedral.

Along Queen Steet Mall, the Pig ‘n’ Whistle and Jimmy’s are both open 24/7.

As aforementioned, Brew and Felix open some evenings as a bar. Also down Burnett Lane, Super Whatnot is a cute split-level cocktail and beer bar.

On the corner of Charlotte and Albert St, The Croft House is just the place to rest your feet and people watch with a glass of wine in hand. A short walk away, The Gresham is a supreme whisky and cocktail bar that takes out a slew of awards each year.

Find more places to drink in the city with this guide to after-work drinks in the CBD.

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