Gerard's Bistro

Sister venue to nearby Gerard’s Bar, this Middle Eastern inspired restaurant is practically a Brisbane icon. Ask anyone in the city to name you the best dish in town and, if they don’t say Ben’s Burgers, they’ll undoubtedly name Gerard’s spicy bekka wings. You’ll have to give up your selfish dining habits to feast here though, as everything on the menu is designed to be shared.

  • +61 7 3399 5539
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  • 14-15 James Street
    Fortitude Valley
    QLD 4006

Urbane Restaurant

Exquisite Urbane Restaurant is forever one-upping itself, rolling out visually astonishing, seasonal tasting menus in the heart of Brisbane’s central business district. Stop by upstairs bar The Laneway before sitting down to a decadent five- or seven-course menu packed with inventive flavours and impressive local Queensland produce.

  • +61 7 3229 2271
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  • 181 Mary Street
    Brisbane City
    QLD 4001

Donna Chang

Inspired by London’s Sketch, Donna Chang has glamorous pink interiors that alone make a visit to this uber cool Chinese eatery (located in an old bank) well worth it. The fare coming out of the kitchen is just as rave-worthy, with dishes that draw inspiration from Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine. Don’t expect to find sweet and sour pork here, however. Instead order wood-grilled octopus with native tamarind and char siu sweet roasted pork neck with rockmelon and honey. Make sure you have a pre-dinner cocktail in Donna Chang’s underground basement bar, the Boom Boom Room.

  • +61 7 3243 4888
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  • 171 George Street
    Brisbane City
    QLD 4000

joy. restaurant

You’ll find just 10 seats in this cosy degustation restaurant, all of them lining the kitchen where owners and chefs Tim and Sarah Scott whip up inventive Japanese-inspired dishes – it’s best to book well in advance of your visit. Opt for the short or long menus, with wines available to match, for a dining experience you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in Australia.

  • +61 4 1242 5626
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  • 694 Ann Street
    Fortitude Valley
    QLD 4006

Longtime

Hidden away down a dark alley (as most good restaurants are), Longtime is a brilliant example of the cuisines Australia does best – those which fuse flavours and techniques brought over to their shores from distant lands with a touch of Western flair and local ingredients, dished up in cosy, industrial spaces. Here, you’ll find a medley of South East Asian street food inspired dishes like soft shell crab bao and crispy pork belly paired with exotic cocktails and a well-thought wine list, to take advantage of before, during and after dinner.

  • +61 7 3160 3123
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  • 610 Ann Street
    Fortitude Valley
    Brisbane
    QLD 4006

Naïm

The first thing you need to know about Brisbane is that brunch isn’t just a meal here – it’s practically a religion. True believers know that Naïm is the best place to partake in this morning ritual, and while you might have to queue to get a table in the old cottage turned cafe on weekends, it’s worth it to tuck into their pumpkin and haloumi or spicy shakshuka. If you really want to do it as the Brisbanites do however, it has to be the smashed avo on toast, topped with feta, dukkah, poached eggs and pomegranate. 

Nodo Donuts

This one-of-a-kind cafe will please sweet tooths, health nuts and minimalist design buffs alike. Named for the gluten free baked donuts that are their specialty, Nodo Donuts started out as a market stall before the popularity of their treats drove them to open up a bricks and mortar store. While guilt-free donuts are the staple offering here, the menu has also expanded to include bountiful breakfast bowls and salads, gluten-free waffles and super shakes. Warning: You will walk out with more than you intended to.

  • +61 7 3852 2230
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  • 1 Ella Street
    Fortitude Valley
    Brisbane
    QLD 4006

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