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As is the case in most cities, the best places to eat, drink and shop for that scarce or exotic ingredient are rarely on the most trampled thoroughfares and Brisbane is no exception. More often than not the most ambient bar, breakfast hotspot, coffee hole-in-the-wall, funky cafe, quaint tea shop or intimate gem of a restaurant with a quirkily brilliant atmosphere and serving top notch food will be off a side street, under a bridge, a lone corner or some other unlikely place.

The exception are Brisbane's pubs, the majority of good ones being iconic historic buildings that are landmarks on the cityscape. And when it comes to finding that deli item, organic outlet or specialty food it can be even harder, with at times only a few places across town to choose from, which is why we are on a perpetual hunt to bring them out of hiding.

  • Archer’s Bunker Spring Hill


    Archer’s Bunker is a clandestine air raid shelter-style drinking den hidden in the... » Read more
  • Cribb Street Social Milton


    Cribb Street Social is a convivial neighbourhood eatery and bar tucked away in the midst... » Read more
  • Grate Life Cafe Dayboro


    Grate Life Cafe sits perched overlooking a meandering bend of Terrors Creek, Dayboro and... » Read more
  • Kivahan Newstead


    Kivahan is a modern organic coffee bar and roastery with undercover verandah located... » Read more
  • Brusnica Deli, Tarragindi


    Brusnica Deli is a little slice of the Balkans on Brisbane's southside, selling... » Read more
  • Mac From Way Back Fortitude Valley

    food trucks

    Mac From Way Back is Brisbane’s first dedicated mac’n’cheese eatery, occupying the funky... » Read more
  • functions

    The Brisbane Club, with views over Anzac and Post Office Squares, provides the perfect... » Read more
  • Bird cages hanging at entrance to restaurnant

    gold coast

    Bazaar is a highlight of any visit to Surfers Paradise – a contemporary dining room... » Read more
  • Lebanese Feast

    home dining

    Brisbane dwellers can indulge in a sensational Lebanese or European feast at home for... » Read more
  • West Mt Cotton Nursery Cafe, Mt Cotton

    mt cotton

    West Mount Cotton Nursery Cafe is a gorgeous garden café, perched on the west side of... » Read more
  • Evolve Organic Cafe North Ipswich


    Evolve Organic Café is North Ipswich's go-to for plant-based, wholesome fare,... » Read more
  • St Bernards Hotel Mt Tamborine


    St Bernards Hotel, founded in 1911, is a historic hotel perched atop Mt Tamborine on the... » Read more
  • Pawpaw Asian Kitchen Balmoral


    Pawpaw Asian Kitchen is a little slice of South-East Asia, perched on Riding Road in... » Read more
  • All Things Tasmanian Riverhills Shopping Plaza at Middle Park

    specialty foods

    All Things Tasmanian is a small but authentic taste of "The Apple Isle" hidden... » Read more
  • Eclair Macaron Dessert and High Tea Parlour Nundah


    Eclair Macaron Dessert and High Tea Parlour at Nundah is the ideal place to celebrate... » Read more