Are you coming to check out Australia’s hippest city (as named by Lonely Planet in January 2014)? Or do you simply want to discover what is happening in your own backyard?
Brisbane Weekender have created a guide for a unique day around the city. Pick a few insider tips or do it all for a jam packed day of local fun.
6:00am: Take a morning walk or cycle along the Brisbane river. Start at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm and take the leafy riverside trail all the way to Teneriffe.
7:00am: Breakfast time! After a hard cycle or slow and steady stroll you will be ready for a bite to eat. Teneriffe is the place to be!
Primal Pantry is all the range with the young and health conscious locals. The staff live a Paleo lifestyle and want to share their nutritious and delicious Paleo food with the community. Their menu includes organic acai with muesli, smoked salmon and baked eggs. Be warned, it can be quite rich so you might want to consider a light option this early in the morning.
Not your thing? Take a stroll down the main street and you will find more than a few breakfast spots including river front dining and charming cafe’s that serve up food for the soul.
9:00am: Time to get a move on. The shops are open in town! Head to the bottom end of Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall first for designer labels including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Coach, Carla Zampatti and Salvatore Ferragamo. Not in the market for a $5,000 bag? No problem, window shopping is just as fun and you are still treated like royalty!
10:00am: Head up the mall to King George Square, be sure to pop in to a few more shops along the way. You will find yourself standing in front of Brisbane City Hall. Inside the charming building awaits herbal tea and scones at the Shingle Inn. While the Shingle Inn may be found as a mainstream chain in shopping centers, the cafe in City Hall reflects the character of their very first store and is a secret gem in Brisbane.
12:00: Walk over the Kurilpa Bridge to the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). The two are situated side by side on the rivers edge in South Brisbane. You could fill the rest of the day here. However if you are sticking to the tight schedule take an hour to browse the current exhibitions at GOMA before stopping for lunch at many of the gallery cafe’s. Use the remaining time to check out what QAG has on offer.
*lunch recommendation: order a baguette and sparkling water at QAG cafe and eat amongst their signature Watermall and sculpture gardens.
3:00pm: Head to Brisbane’s trendy, retro and unique inner-city suburb, Paddington. Many houses along Caxton Street, Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace have been converted into small shops. You will find chocolates, fashion, trendy decorations for the home, antiques and second hand book shops. Don’t leave before checking out their many retro and thrift shops.
5:00pm: Stick around for an early dinner and a few drinks as Paddington comes alive at night. If you don’t find a favourite restaurant on your walk through the shops head up Caxton Street and in to The Barracks. Libertine Bar and Restaurant will serve you up some French-Vietnamese tapas. Or book a banquet and stay for their ‘Super-Sonic’ shared cocktail.
7:00pm: From here, you have the lively bars and hidden gems of Caxton Street at your doorstep. Or head back in to the city for some underground Irish bars, riverfront cocktail lounges and trendy clubs.
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