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

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. 

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

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

Esquire

The epitome of Brisbane dining, a night at Esquire isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience. Here, you won’t be offered a menu from which to choose a dish, instead you’ll be served anywhere from 12 to 25 courses as part of a decadent degustation featuring seasonally available ingredients, all while you take in river views from the floor to ceiling windows in the chic dining room. If you don’t like being told what to eat, this may not be the restaurant for you, but if you have an adventurous palate you’ll be treated to the best Modern Australian fare the city has to offer.

Ben's Burgers

For those who prefer hands on street food over fine china and white tablecloths, Ben’s Burgers has long held the title of Brisbane’s best. A humble burger joint with two locations, West End and Fortitude Valley, the menu may offer a limited choice, but only because it doesn’t need to get fancy to bring in the burger fanatics. Order the classic and thank us later.

Gerard's Bistro

Naïm

Longtime

Nodo Donuts

Esquire

Ben's Burgers

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