This inner-city suburb has it all: riverfront dining, parklands and a buzzing cultural precinct.
Just a few blocks from Grey Street, Merriweather is the undisputed star when it comes to the first meal of the day. A curated brunch menu highlights the pick of local organic produce. And the coffee – roasted in neighbouring Woolloongabba – couldn’t be fresher.
It may look like another Scandi-chic café but beyond its pared-back façade you’ll find one of the more creative menus in town. Switched-on staff serve up meals heavily influenced by seasonal produce, along with a collection of beautiful wines.
Put yourself in the picture-perfect postcard version of Brisbane at Stokehouse Q, which has views of the river at South Bank. Sit outside with a glass of champagne and enjoy tuna ceviche with ruby grapefruit dressing and sea succulents.
This is craft beer heaven with its ever-changing selection of tipples and just one mainstay, house beer Tippler’s Pilsner by Newstead Brewing Co. And what better accompaniment than a few Italian beef sliders?
Blink and you’ll miss this tiny bar (9 Fish Lane). It’s hard to decide between bespoke cocktails and the topnotch wine list favouring smaller producers like Delinquente Wine Co. There’s also house-cured meat, fancy toasties and a selection of cheeses on offer.
Rydges South Bank
Located on the main drag, Rydges is an easy stroll to South Bank’s attractions, South Brisbane’s Fish Lane and West End’s dining scene. The hotel’s on-site restaurant, Bacchus, serves four- and seven-course dégustations. The rooms and suites, recently redesigned in shades of tobacco and burgundy, have high-speed internet and Apple TV.
Discover emerging artists
South Bank is the city’s cultural heart but don’t make the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and QAGOMA your only stops. Enjoy classical and contemporary performances at Queensland Conservatorium and view the work of up-and-coming artists at Webb Gallery and Project Gallery at the Queensland College of Art’s South Bank campus.
Explore an urban garden
The sprawling Epicurious Garden is beside the South Bank 3 CityHopper ferry stop. Wander among the fragrant herb and veggie patches and chat to dedicated gardening volunteers.
Find inner peace
Hiding in plain sight in a bamboo grove on Clem Jones Promenade is the Nepalese Pagoda, a replica of Kathmandu’s Pashupatinath Temple crafted by 160 Nepalese families for World Expo 88.
But first, caffeine…
Keep an eye out for Lost Bean, which sells Renegade Roasters organic coffee from a restored 1964 Kombi beside the Wheel of Brisbane.
Top image: Stokehouse Q