Best Things to do in Annerley

The historic southside suburb of Annerley, made famous by Hugh Lunn with his popular Over the Top With Jim books (his parents bakery Lunns for Buns is today the Southside Antique Centre), is one of the coolest places to live this side of the river.  With colonial stores turned funky cafes, retro arcades, cat cafe, vintage and op shops, fantastic Vietnamese eateries, a heritage-listed library and even a cafe with its own doggie playground, there are plenty of good reasons to check out this suburb - here are 20 of the best:

Billykart Kitchen is a buzzy neighbourhood cafe housed in an old general store in a quiet suburban crescent
The crew from Dudley Street Espresso have opened a new caffeine pit stop in the retro Annerley Arcade
Annerley adds another notch to its foodie belt with hidden gem Snag and Brown Café, a foodie destination that is also child and dog friendly
Pho Queue in Annerley is Brisbane’s first restaurant dedicated to Vietnamese soups and Asian desserts
Vintage Collective is a tiny treasure trove of curated vintage pieces and nearly-new designer items tucked away inside Annerley Arcade
This pocket-sized pasticceria provides a scrumptious selection of traditional Italian desserts
Red Lotus Vietnamese Chargrill Restaurant is a local gem found in Chardon's Corner in Annerley.
Southside Antiques in Annerley is one of Brisbane's largest antique centres spread over two massive levels
Cafe O Mai is a unique little gem of a Vietnamese cafe which occupies an historic corner shop
Little Clive is a welcome addition to Annerley, attracting foodies far and wide with a top-notch seasonal menu
One of Brisbane's coolest cafes is Paper Moon providing expertly-brewed coffee and delicious vegan fare in an old colonial store
Every day feels like St Patrick’s day in the shop of this uber friendly Irish butcher
This no-frills emporium style Lifeline outlet is the largest of Annerley’s vintage shops
Lucky Cat Café is Brisbane’s favourite café for coffee and cat cuddles
Little retro gem of a shop with its stash of comics from the ’40s on as well as classic cars, games and action figure dolls.
Whilst this 4km return ride is low on scenery it is nonetheless a flat and safe pathway interspersed with a couple of inviting playgrounds and easily doable by younger children or less experienced riders.

Designed in 1956, Annerley Library is a surviving example of a purpose-built library designed by Brisbane City Council’s distinguished architect, James Birrell

This pair of army drill halls (and their parade ground), dating from 1914 and 1954 respectively are a rare surviving and intact pair from totally different eras.

Annerley is also renowned for its vintage shopping and op shops. As well as the those listed above there is also Vinnie's Annerley, Yesterday's Thrift Shop and Save the Children Op Shop.

Image credit: Annerley Municipal Library courtesy of Brisbane City Council Heritage Places Brisbane.

Looking to discover more hidden gems of Brisbane, check out our Guide to Brisbane Suburbs HERE! Happy exploring!

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