Start With Brunch
In the mood for a brunch with a view? Then Riverbar & Kitchen is the obvious choice. Sit out the front for and take in the sights of the Brisbane river with a jar of passionfruit sangria and some tasty plates. From breakfast bowls filled with superfoods to eggs benedict, there’s something to suit every mood.
Prefer to start the day with a sweet treat? Then head to Le Bon Choix, Brisbane’s very own Paris-style patisserie, famous for its exquisite cakes, including the totally-troppo Bamboleo, with its mix of mango, passionfruit and banana flavours. Sound a little too much? You can also opt for classics such as tarte citron or a savoury croque monsieur.
Got Some Spare Time?
You don’t have to head to a gallery to get your art fix. Brisbane City Council has a series of interesting art trails throughout the city centre. Download the routes from the BCC website and try the 1.8km Contemporary Art and Architecture itinerary, which includes some of the city’s most striking public art pieces.
There are lots of ways to explore Brisbane’s river, but few of them are as exhilarating as a kayaking trip. A daytime trip is the best for sightseeing, but if you love a touch of atmosphere, choose the night-time option.
Head to the top of Mt Coot-tha for a birds eye view of the River City. The nighttime lights are sight to behold.
Sit Down Dinners
Some nights you just need a bit of comfort food. On those nights, head to Billykart West End where they serve the best roast chicken in town. That’s not the only thing on the menu of course, other tasty treats include a superb porchetta.
For a more sophisticated night out, Urbane is great choice. The degustation is recommended, with plenty of tempting options for both carnivores and vegetarians: everything from duck tongues teamed with caramelised barramundi belly, to corn tortellini stuffed with smoky vegan sesame cheese.
Opulent interiors, a knock-your-socks off chandelier and a fantastic selection of beverages – think 400 different whiskies make Savile Row Brisbane's top speakeasy. This Fortitude Valley favourite, hidden behind an orange door, is a no-fail option when cocktails are calling.
Brisbane’s balmy evenings are the perfect time to head for a rooftop bar. If you're feeling thirsty around sunset, head for Eleven, which has cushioned banquettes, views across the CBD and a nice line in tropical cocktails. Feeling peckish? Then order up some pulled pork arancini and crispy soft-shell crab.
Not into inner-city pubs? Let The Gresham change your mind. Step through the towering cedar doors and you will find central Brisbane’s most inviting watering place. This elegant former bank features pressed-metal ceilings, Chesterfield couches and an antique fireplace.