12 Secrets Of Woolloongabba

The streets of historic Woolloongabba, one of Brisbane's oldest suburbs and home to the city's first Russian residents, contain a stash of secret places that only the locals and those who take time out to walk the suburb on foot know of.

Take time out to explore the myriad little pocket precincts and neighbourhoods divided by tunnels, main roads and freeways and you'll find Indian food courts, dive bars, 1940s tea rooms, shrines to Russian Tsars and more:

The QC Club

Brisbane's iconic sports arena is home to this space age style club where old-fashioned service meets on trend dining, the perfect retreat for a civilized drink, date night or corporate get-together...more

Rendezvous Tea Room

The 1940s are alive and well in this charming World War II-era tea room where vintage radio shows and air raid warnings are on the airwaves and high tea is served on delicate china...more

Mirchh Masala Chaat Court

Hidden away upstairs above the Mirchh Masala grocery store is a little food court that looks as if it's been beamed in from India, serving delicious and cheap street food you won't find anywhere else...more

Padre Bar

This dusky little dive bar in a gorgeous art deco building faces off with the intersection of Clarence Corner. Owned by 3 dads who met in the Mater Hospital across the road, it's worth a drop in...more

Evo Colombian

A colourful slice of Colombia can be found behind the landmark corner façade of Gabba Central Apartments at Five Ways - the place to get a fix of traditional Colombian food on weekends...more

Catbird Seat Bistro

A tiny blink-and-you-miss-it shop with Georgian style windows overlooking busy Stanley Street on the cusp of Woolloongabba and East Brisbane just happens to be home to one of the best little bistros in Brisbane...more

The Servery

Upstairs in the Woolloongabba Antique precinct's oldest café is a room that has been transformed after a kitchen fire into an ambient and cosy secret supper and wine bar from Wed to Sat...more

Black Sheep Coffee Roastery

Behind a roller door in an industrial side street lies the funky warehouse roasting house and café of one of Brisbane's fav boutique coffee roasters, Black Sheep Coffee...more

St Nicholas Cathedral

The oldest purpose built Orthodox Russian church in Australia, St Nicholas was built in 1935 (designed by the architect of Cloudland) and contains a shrine to Tsar Nicholas II...more 

Namaste Indian Spice & Chaat

Annexed to an Indian grocery store in a little Vulture St shopping outpost is a covered terrace with a handful of tables and chairs. Stop by for a plate of Brisbane's cheapest authentic Indian street food...more

Ruski Way Deli

This Russian grocer, deli and café brings a touch of exotica to Buranda Shopping Centre. Borscht, blini and pierogi are on the café menu and all manner of East European groceries on the shelves...more

Reverse Garbage

Hidden away in a no-man's land near the Clem Jones tunnel entrance and rail line is this amazing eco-emporium of junk, with an in-house gallery of recycled artisan wares, jewellery & furniture...more

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