Brisbane's Culinary Delights

Since the mid-1990s Brisbane has undergone a gastronomic revolution. It is now home to some of the finest restaurants and most innovative chefs in the country, and is unique in its ability to deliver year-round al fresco dining. Visitors to Brisbane are in for a treat. Whether it’s a long lunch beside the Brisbane River, delectable yum cha in Chinatown or sampling Gympie goats cheese at Brisbane Farmers Market, you’re assured of the freshest produce and attentive service to match. And the great weather and laid-back lifestyle means eating al fresco in the River City is the order of the day. Here’s a guide to eating your way around Brisbane’s distinct dining precincts:

Brisbane City: Pull up a chair for a casual meal at Eagle Street Pier overlooking the Storey Bridge or sample the best of CBD dining at ecco bistro, The Lab at Hotel Conrad, Circa on Adelaide Street or Giannis on Edward Street. For a quiet haven offering excellent modern cuisine pull up a chair at Tomoko in the new Roma Street Parklands. Albert Street offers a choice of sidewalk cafes perfect for people watching and dotted around the city are five Bar Merlo cafes for the best caffeine hit in town.
City of Brisbane and the Brisbane River Queensland Australia
City of Brisbane and the Brisbane River

Milton, Red Hill, Rosalie and Paddington: Park Road at Milton is lined with European-style restaurants, coffee houses and boutique shopping - don’t go past Arrivederci for pizza and pasta or coffee at La Dolce Vita. The adjoining suburbs of Red Hill, Rosalie and Paddington are known for well stocked delis, great little byos, licensed restaurants and classic Queenslander houses. Try the Kitchen Food Store for coffee and delicious sweeties, breakfast at Sassafras and dinner at Olivetto’s.

Brisbane Dining Queensland Australia
Brisbane Dining
The Valley and New Farm: Home to an array of cultures - you can enjoy modern Australian, Italian, Indian, the tastes and aromas of Chinatown’s Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Malaysian restaurants. On Wickham terrace don’t miss King of Kings for yum cha, and the cheap and cheerful ‘Vietnamese’. Along Brunswick Street cafes and wine bars spill out onto the streets and the atmosphere buzzes. Try Ric’s Bar for pre-dinner drinks and live music, Giardinetto for mouth watering Italian, Watt for great food and service overlooking the river, Gerties for tapas, wine and people-watching and breakfast at New Farm Deli. Centro on James Street is a new cafe precinct well worth sampling.


West End
: West End is home to BYO Indian, African, Vietnamese, Chinese and modern Australian restaurants, groovy wine bars, Asian supermarkets, well-stocked delicatessens, health food stores, and organic fruit and vegie merchants. On Boundary Street pull up a stool at Lychee’s groovy bar, do breakfast at Espressohead or Atomica and grab a souvlaki to die for at King Ahrams. You have to get up early to score a table for breakfast at West End’s latest darling, The Gun Shop on Mollison Street. The health conscious rub shoulders with those who simply love good food at the all organic Mondo on Hargrave Road.

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Mietta's Queensland Restaurants
Queensland Restaurant Guide

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