Where is James Street?
Technically part of grungy Fortitude Valley, the precinct around this leafy boulevard of cool cafés, restaurants, bars and boutiques could almost be a suburb in its own right.
Where to eat
Some of the city’s best new eateries can be found in Ada Lane opposite The Calile Hotel, with elevated Thai joint Same Same and steak restaurant SK Steak & Oyster joining The Calile’s celebrated Hellenika and Lobby Bar. The local hero, though, is Gerard’s Bistro, which is now peddling star Sydney import Adam Wolfers’ canny plant-focused take on Middle Eastern cuisine.
During the day, grab a coffee at the award-winning Bellissimo Coffee on Wandoo Street.
Where to drink
Cru Bar + Cellar is the old player on the strip and boasts an enormous wine list, while at Sixes and Sevens is the place to go if you want to get rambunctious. Gerard’s Bar splits the difference, with alfresco digs, friendly service, elevated bar snacks and a great drinks list drawing the cool crowd.
What to do
James Street boasts a compelling collection of fashion, jewellery, beauty and furniture stores. Mecca Cosmetica, Jardan, Gorman, Natasha Schweitzer, Aje, Aēsop, St. Agni and Love Stories all have boutiques in the area.