The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance – Alan Watts
And after spending an insane weekend wining and dining with the locals, it seems like Brisbane has definitely joined the dance.
Traditional Italian, contemporary Lebanese, Vietnamese – French fusion and a street food market bound to pop the button off your pants, Brisbane has proven to be quite a food destination.
Where To Stay
A really comfy bed, blue lights, Black Label Scotch Whiskey and a packet of Life Savers is what I received when I stayed at TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel. It is a boutique hotel located in the Brisbane CBD that has a killer bar fridge and awesome artwork laid out in every room and corridor. And if your feening a kickass burger, Chur Burger is connected to the lobby. Sweet as bro!
Visit the TRYP Hotel website to book your room.
Where To Eat
We began the journey at The Lost Boys, an organic Peter Pan inspired cafe that has a tree inside of it. Whether or not it’s real, it’s still pretty awesome, the food is fantastic and their chia seed puddings are delish.
The Lost Boys are located at 694 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006.
You can follow them on Facebook or call them on 07 3162 4195
Blessed by the heavens above for the perfect weather and sunshine, we had a spectacular riverside lunch at Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar. Steering away from the traditional single dish dining, Popolo have made Italian share dishes exceptionally well, using fresh and flavoursome ingredients.
A must order is the Capesante consisting of succulent seared scallops, saffron vinaigrette, pea puree and bortaga. Definitely one of my favourite dishes from this fabulous establishment.
Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar is located at River Quay, 3 Sidon St, Brisbane QLD 4101.
Reserve a table by calling (07) 3846 7784 or visit their website popolodining.com
Do you love brownies as much as we do? Then you have to check out IHeartBrownies in Fortitude Valley. This cute brownie joint makes hand made and gluten free brownies in all sorts of various flavours you must try out.
IHeartBrownies is located at Shop 7 Bakery Lane, 694 Ann St, Brisbane.
Visit their Facebook page for more information on new flavours.
Craving some fresh and mouthwatering Lebanese food? Or just a coffee with friends? Hit up Baba Ganouj. A small corner cafe packing some great home made dishes and excellent coffee.
Baba Ganouj is located on the corner of Grey Street and Tribune Street, Southbank Q 4001.
Check out there menu via their website at babaganouj.com.au
Bestowing quite the royal menu upon us, King Arthur Cafe puts together a rather memorable breakfast.
Ordered the pumpkin & Persian feta with local honey, hens egg, grain sourdough and an extra piece of thick cut streaky bacon made that morning fan-freaking-tastic. Highly recommend you get the same.
King Arthur Cafe is located at 164c Arthur Street New Farm, 4005 QLD
See their menu online via their website kingarthurcafe.com
Chandeliers hanging low, intimate lighting and a French slash Vietnamese fusion menu bound to send your tastebuds into a whirlwind, Libertine Bar & Restaurant has Brisbane wrapped around its fingers.
Libertine Bar & Restaurant is located at The Barracks, 5/61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane QLD 4000
Book a table by calling (07) 3367 3353 or visit their website libertine.net.au
Not every cafe can poach eggs perfectly but luckily for us, Little Loco does. Breakfast burgers with oozing golden yolk and freshly delivered cold pressed Harvest St juices makes for a fantastic start to the morning.
Little Loco is located at 121 Merthyr Rd, New Farm QLD 4005
Follow their food journey on Instagram here.
Earning high praises since opening, Gerard’s Bistro has quite an enticing menu, influenced by the flavoursome cuisines of Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. Head Chef, Ben Williamson, and his team put together fantastic and memorable dishes leaving you craving more.
Gerard’s Bistro is located at Gerard’s Lane, 14 / 15 James St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD 4006
Call them on (07) 3852 3822 to reserve a table or visit their website gerardsbistro.com.au
Our favourite part of Brisbane would have to be the Eat Street Markets set up at Hamilton Wharf. Inspired by the Asian markets, Eat Street Markets hosts 50 specially designed shipping containers made out to be like mini restaurants, offering a wide variety of mouthwatering international dishes created by a few fantastic local chefs and cooks.
Open on Friday and Saturdays from 4.00pm till 10.00pm and Sunday from 10.00am till 3.00pm, Eat Street Markets is located by the river right next door to Portside.
Check out eatstreetmarkets.com for more information.
Do yourself a favour, jump on a plane [preferably Qantas because the seats are comfy] and head to Brisbane, devour all you can and like us, leave satisfied and hungry for more. Check out Gerard’s Bistro, Libertine and the Eat Street Markets, and if there’s a spot you’ve found we haven’t mentioned above, let us know.
Huge thank you to the above mentioned venues for their sensational hospitality and Visit Brisbane / Tourism & Events Queensland for an epic weekend.
Brisbane, I’m coming back for you.