Your guide to Howard Smith Wharves
Well on the road to becoming Brisbane’s ultimate foodie and lifestyle precinct, Howard Smith Wharves (HSW) has to be at the top of your Brisbane bucket list. Take in the prime riverfront views and city vistas under the Story Bridge. A trendy hub built off the rich history of the pre-1940 Port of Brisbane. We expect you’ll be making yourself acquainted very soon!
How it began
The site is steeped in history, originally built in the 1930s and largely abandoned since the 1960s when the port moved further downstream. Spaces including air-raid shelters, a two-storey office building and wharfage are now heritage-listed and a rare surviving example of early infrastructure in the city.
The team behind the HSW precinct worked on the ethos of bringing new life into the wharves. A historic site has been respectfully revamped to bring a one-of-a-kind experience to Brisbane, whilst staying true to its rich history.
Where to eat
Slip away to Mykonos for the night at the Greek haven otherwise known as Greca. Sit riverside or inside their white interior and settle in for a feast that will leave you full to the brim, but wanting more. Our hot tip, get the saganaki - it’s to die for, and paired perfectly with their signature pita bread. Make sure you book, because Greca is on everyone’s hot list!
If funky Japanese dining is more your style, then look no further than the uber-trendy Yoko Dining. With one of the coolest fit-outs around Brisbane, whether you’re inside or out you’ll be amazed. You have to start with one of their signature cocktails, from a yuzu and rum sorbet to a Japanese martini, you won’t go thirsty. Pair it off with their extensive menu, best shared so you get to try all the flavours on offer. Also a popular destination, so make sure you get on the list.
For mouth-watering Italian tucked away in a peaceful riverside location, Ciao Papi will open its warm carb-alicious arms to you. A terrace-style setting with one of the best views of the Story Bridge and city skyline in Brisbane, their extensive menu will keep you satisfied from breakfast, to a wine and dine lunch through to a hearty dinner. Their pastas and pizzas are as authentic as they come, paired perfectly with a glass of your choice - bellissimo!
Step into the flavour-filled mind of head chef, Louis Tikaram and let him take you all around the globe on a journey of some of the best seafood, meat, vegetables and fruit in the world at Stanley Restaurant. If you’re into Yum Cha, we guarantee their Sunday Yum Cha experience is like non-other, where else can you slurp siu mai riverside?
There is certainly no shortage of Italian deliciousness along the Wharves. Tucked underneath the Fantauzzo is this Italian gem, with pizzas and pastas you’ll dream about until you go back again!
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a burger and Betty’s does them top-notch! If you’re after a more casual feed to have riverside, then this is the spot for you.
You know what they say, nothing is complete without ice cream. The Wharves don’t leave your sweet tooth pining, with the resident ice-creamery Goodtimes Gelateria. Pop over for a sweet treat post (or pre, we won’t tell) tasty meal.
Where to drink
Felons Brewing Co.
The HSW icon, Felon’s Brewing Co. One of the first to pop itself in the now bustling precinct, Felons has only grown bigger and better over time, but is still brewing their classic Brisbane riverside beers. A super popular spot for an afternoon drink, and open late into the night. You won’t need to go bar-hopping with this on the agenda.
Felons Barrell Hall
Sister venue to Felons Brewing Co, and located just next door, Felons Barrel Hall is a modern Australian take on a German beer hall. With picnic style tables, ping pong tables and live music every weekend, not to mention a menu filled with unpredictable yet delicious flavours designed to compliment the refreshing Felon’s beer, it’s safe to say this has become one of Brisbane’s ultimate weekend destinations – get amongst it!
For a touch of class, head to the HSW’s overwater bar, Mr. Percival’s. Famously known for their selection of cocktails, and late-night atmosphere with a DJ perched above their 360 degree bar, Percival’s is a popular spot. Worth the weekend wait to get in!
The rooftop resident of The Vincent has your panoramic views sorted. An outdoor bar, terrace and complete with the finishing touch of their infinity pool, this is the ultimate place to sip your Aperol Spritz.
Where to stay
Formerly known as The Fantauzzo, the resident hotel of the HSW precinct takes its name from acclaimed Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo. As trendy as it gets, The Crystallbrook Vincent features three original artworks and 500 giclee prints of Fantauzzo’s most recognised work. This is where creativity, inspiration and relaxation come together. With 166 suites, a rooftop pool overlooking the Wharves and all the food and drink options you could think of at your doorstep, there’ll be no need to leave.
Weekends on the Lawn
Weekend fever is easily cured with the perfect setting to take in all that Howard Smith Wharves has to offer. Settle down at the River Garden on the East Lawn for afternoons and evenings filled with bean bags, food, drinks and unparalleled river views. Bring your friends, your family, even your fur babies, yep – doggo’s everywhere!
HSW X Sukhino
There’s more to the Wharves than just food and drink. Get your flow on in the picturesque and peaceful Bougainvillea House. Hosted by Nina Lee, Head Yogini and Founder of Sukhino there are a series of yoga and mat pilates classes on offer, so make sure you book in! We couldn’t think of anywhere else we’d rather do our down dogs than overlooking the Story Bridge.
The Wharves are located in a great spot for public transport, so top up your Go Cards and arrive in style by ferry, train or bus. A slight bit of walking will be required, but it will make up for all the eating and drinking you’re sure to do.
There is a car parking, but with limited spaces. The entrance of the Wharves is the perfect spot for drop offs, whether you have a friend dropping you or ride-share hit Go to the wharves!
The perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or ride, along the waterfront. From New Farm or the City, both will get you there, via the boardwalk on the river’s edge.