Chic New Wave of Eats in Brisbane


A new vanguard of chic eats is making its way into Brisbane’s city streets as the city’s culinary can-do bubbles over.

Individualistic cafes are wriggling into laneways and nooks, Melbourne-style. Seek out John Mills Himself with its exposed brick walls and high windows in a heritage building in Charlotte Street; soak up Paris at Strauss off Elizabeth Street which serves local coffee brew Cup; step up to the organic plate at Felix in Burnett Lane; and feel the industrial vibe at Kitchen Door in Embassy Lane.

Four fab new places have opened in the Valley’s hot new dining precinct, M&A Lane. Mighty Mighty brings American smokehouse meats down under, Locanda does Med fare, Gordita’s is bringing diners together over shared platters of southern Spanish fare and Papa Jacks is blending blues, cocktails and a po’boy sandwich, the New Orleans way.

Winter in Brisbane is not too nippy for some glorious outdoor dining and bar spots. Riverside there is Blackbird Bar & Grill with its serious Story Bridge views, or the laidback Stokebar. If you’re looking for a rooftop view, try Limes, the vibrant Dandy’s at The Fox, or Elixir with its fairy lights. For poolside munching, grace the deluxe Bacchus.

Health and organics are morphing into new outlets, too, like the Lorna Jane Active Living Room studio + cafe at Newstead, Coco Bliss at Bulimba, and the organic juice bar Bang Bang Lulu in the Valley.

Taking health to a new frontier are not one but two ‘paleo outlets’; the back-to-basics Paleo Cafe in the CBD and the paleo-grocer (yes, the paleo-grocer), Primal Pantry at Teneriffe, reported Visit Brisbane.