A taste of Brisbane’s foodie scene
A taste of Brisbane’s foodie scene
Brisbane’s fresh food scene is amongst the best in the world.
The entrepreneurial spirit of its people, the city’s melting pot of multicultural diversity, and a commitment to good times has led to a boom in the number of restaurant precincts, which now span the urban riverfront and hot spots across the inner city.
Want to dine by the iconic Brisbane river overlooking a park and the city skyline? Try one of the River Quay restaurants at South Bank. How about tap beer with fish and chips at the fun and bustling Howard Smith Wharves? Felons has you covered. Or perhaps you want the contemporary sophistication of regional fresh produce? Try Eagle Street Pier.
Brisbane’s wider regions are recognised internationally as home to Australia’s fruit and vegetable bowls, as well as a thriving seafood industry.
So with access to delicious fresh produce on its doorstep, a growing population ready to wine and dine, and great al fresco dining options thanks to brilliant year round weather, Brisbane is forging its own enviable path in contemporary dining.
Here are some of the best places to make the most of Brisbane’s foodie culture.
World Expo 88 at South Bank is credited with transforming Brisbane’s food scene from a pub lunch to a contemporary al fresco experience in the late 80s, and is remembered as the city’s original outdoor dining precinct.
With dozens of cafes, restaurants, pubs and takeaway venues, at South Bank you can eat an Italian-style pizza from Popolo on the grass or experience fine dining over the water at Otto.
There are cuisines from all over the world, including Spanish, Turkish, American, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese, as well as contemporary Australian. You can even find a juicy burger with cheese, a vanilla slice cronut, or delicious street food.
South Bank is a place for everyone, from groups of friends to families, and romantic dinners for two.
One of Brisbane’s most recent urban renewal projects, Fish Lane offers a trove of bars and restaurants with an artistic bent.
Surrounded by lush greenery, it’s a surprise when you realise the enclave is so close to busy transport corridors.
Instead, the appeal of the specialist croissants, dripping ribs and charred corn, and great coffee attract the most attention from foodie lovers.
Located adjacent to Brisbane’s premier arts venue, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), the Fish Lane precinct is packed with people stopping by for a snack or settling in for drinks.
Howard Smith Wharves
This riverfront dining and leisure precinct has transformed former wartime shipyards into one of the city’s most attractive and photographed locations.
Trendy bars and restaurants attract revellers by the thousands, many heading to the overhauled heritage sheds at Felons Brewing Company.
It’s a place where beers on tap flow freely and groups of friends catch up alongside families with young children in a relaxed waterfront atmosphere.
There’s a range of restaurants across the 1.3-kilometre site where you can enjoy seafood and spritzers at charming Mr Percival’s, contemporary Cantonese-style dining using local produce at Stanley, or contemporary Greek taverna offerings at Greca.
Eagle Street Pier
This premier riverfront zone is set for a $1.3 billion overhaul. Long the favoured lunch spot for the business end of town, there are around f 15 dining options from which to choose.
At Fatcow Steak and Lobster Tasmanian and West Australian lobster grace the menu alongside premium quality Australian regional steaks, and diners can partake of more than 150 whiskeys and wines.
Nearby Coppa offers Italian favourites in fresh and fun surrounds, while the City Winery is a cellar door and wine experience.
And when the lunches roll into dinners, Jade Buddha or Mr and Mrs G Riverbar are there to help you kick on into the night.
Great dining and eating options abound throughout the laneways and throughfares of Brisbane’s central business district.
On the northern bank of the river around the W Hotel is a boutique cluster of great dining options, with spectacular views over South Bank.
Three Blue Ducks offers “real food” and “honest cooking” using fresh and ethical local produce, and Persone crafts award-winning Italian, even featuring an unique and delicious truffle menu when in season.
This prime riverside precinct is currently being overhauled with the $3.2 billion development of Queens Wharf, adding another 50 restaurants, bars and cafes to the central business district. Development is expected to be complete in 2024 and will transform Brisbane’s waterfront dining experience.