Best Things to do in West End

The historic inner city suburb of West End is one of Brisbane's most multicultural and bohemian neighbourhoods and makes a great place to explore.

Main dining and shopping precincts, Boundary and Vulture Streets, which are home to vintage and bookshops, boutiques, cafes, bars and breweries, are a hive of activity from morning to late at night. And if you head off the beaten track you'll find a bounty of treasures too. Here are some that are worth checking out:

This distillery bar holds masterclasses for the gin connoisseur, with a choice of over 140 botanicals to create your one-of-a-kind mix
Located on a leafy back street in West End, the convivial local pub serves award-winning craft beers and top-notch food
Billykart is a foodie oasis of cool tucked away uphill off the Melbourne St drag of West End.
Brisbane's secret inner city craft brewery and bar is Brisbane Brewing Co. tucked away down a West End laneway
Peddling some of Brisbane's best pizzas from its 18-seater bolthole shop front on a prominent West End corner
Frydays is a casual late night Korean diner and bar in the middle of the action on Boundary St
Neo-Generalist is a gorgeous vintage store where the Wild West meets old Hollywood glamour
Found in a laneway off Russell Street, this groovy op shop is filled with pre-loved fashion, shoes, books, homewares and more
Mama Taco is a cool, contemporary Mexican Taqueria & Mezcaleria nestled in the historic Rialto Theatre
The Boundary Hotel, West End’s iconic landmark pub circa 1864, is a fascinating multi-layered labyrinth of ambient nooks and crannies, including rooftop and laneway bars
The stunning Greek restaurant and bar is located in the charming West Village precinct
The highly anticipated, Euro-inspired bakery Kürtősh has opened at West Village offering its famous chimney cakes
Kafenio offers traditional Greek and Cypriot cuisine from its blue and white West End workers cottage
Morning After is an oasis of contemporary cool on Vulture St – an uber chic breakfast and brunch café that, as its name suggests, is the ideal place to revive after a night out
A bookshop that hits all the right pages with locals and visitors alike, Avid is a gem of a place.
Gilligan’s island meets Blue Hawaii at Jungle tiki bar, the West End oasis where the lost world of the Pacific south seas can be found alive and kicking.
A world-famous gelateria has arrived in Brisbane, scooping a delectable range of creamy gelato and refreshing sorbet
A lively Shanghai-style street food dining hall located in the refurbished heritage-listed Soda Factory
Beirut Bazaar is a funky Lebanese restaurant and bar nestled in the base of a heritage-listed ice-cream factory
The Gun Shop is a West End institution, renowned its fabulous breakfast fare.
The cafe equivalent of the trusty old pair of comfy slippers, West End Coffee House is a favourite chilled hang-out for locals
A peaceful fringe of Moreton Bay fig shaded parkland on the river at West End that was wiped out by a monster wall of water in the 1893 floods and submerged again in 1974 and 2011.
A fantastic treasure trove of Greek and Mediterranean groceries found tucked away in the back streets of West End by the river
A chilled laidback vibe permeates this boho market by the river
The Bearded Lady is your quintessential West End bar - an anything-goes kind of joint that is cosy recycled wood cabin with honky tonk piano up front and graffiti splattered rumpus room with performance space out back.
The charming, two-level vegan cafe in West End dishes up delicious plant-based fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner
You Came Again is Brisbane’s first vegan tapas bar, perched in a line-up of historic West End shops
SWOP Clothing Exchange is a secret source of vintage and pre-loved clothes that keen hunters will find in the main street of West End
Italian Street Kitchen brings traditional Italian street food with a contemporary twist to West Village, West End
The Swiss Gourmet is also a nifty little cafe specializing in good value brunches and light meals
Sea Fuel is a sleek contemporary fish and chip restaurant and takeaway nestled in the base of The Glass Factory
A massive 1800sqm food mecca in the heritage-listed Peters Ice-Cream Factory in West End Village
Cordeaux Social Club is a cafe by day, wine bar & bistro by night, nestled in a peaceful pocket of West End near the river
Not much has changed inside since this shop opened in 1975, but the produce is fresh and bountiful and staff are helpful and informed.
For tasty pies in a fun atmosphere, have a look at Pie Town
Walk through the door at this secret West End emporium and be overwhelmed - in the nicest possible way.
One of a kind, Ichiban Sushi is a cool Japanese eatery with a huge variety of meals and drinks, that is also BYO friendly
Mu’ooz, the long-time fave Eritrean restaurant of Moorooka, has upped roots and moved into a quaint Queenslander in West End.
This quirky colourful Colombian restaurant is located in an old West End cottage
Lychee Lounge is a stunningly opulent east meets west cocktail bar on West End's main drag
Catchment Brewing Co inhabits a stunning character-filled art deco building, with its own beers brewed onsite
The Book Merchant Jenkins is Brisbane's most beautiful second-hand bookstore, inside an historic West End church
The quintessential Greek taverna, perched high on a hill in the original heartland of Brisbane's Greek community
West End's popular coffee haunt has reopened with a fresh new look and a tantalising new brunch menu
This lively West End restaurant dishes up some of the best Mexican food in Brisbane
Lumber Punks at West End is Brisbane’s first axe-throwing venue – the perfect way to let off steam and try the fine old lumberjack sport
BOSC is a rustic little beer and gin bar that oozes warmth and hominess from its corner outpost on West End's Vulture St
Ethics and excellent coffee converge at this scruffy little sidestreet cafe.
A hole in the wall boutique with a blotch on the glass as signage, DTF packs a lot into its small understated space.
The hidden gem of an Indian eatery occupies one half of an old cottage and serves the best biryani in Brisbane
West End's cool new coffee nook is Ash & Monties Espresso Bar and Kitchen serving top notch breakfast, lunch and coffee.
Lokal + Co is an inviting oasis of Nordic cool tucked away in a West End side street, and the only place in Brisbane to offer Norwegian-inspired cuisine.
Little Greek Taverna serves some of the best budget food in West End
This hilltop cottage lit by colourful Turkish lights and candles is an enduring Brisbane favourite
Grown is a dedicated vegan café in the heart of West End, serving plant-based dishes that even the most committed carnivore would cross town for
Covent Garden is a splendid botanical-themed bar and eatery with tropical rear garden in a colonial West End store.
The Taste of Transylvania is a tiny cottage in West End dishing up traditional Hungarian langos & authentic Romanian fare
This beautiful and varied walk and bike path takes you from fig tree lined Orleigh Park via a landscaped riverfront to GOMA
This colourful little purveyor of all things organic has been in West End for as long as the local youth can remember.
Chop Chop Chang’s is a bustling market place style bar eatery serving up delectable Pan Asian food, luscious cocktails, tea and traditional Vietnamese coffee from within the vintage brick walls of a 1950’s West End bank.
Housed within a primary coloured colonial cottage at the busy intersection of Boundary and Vulture Streets is a second hand book collector’s dream
Not only is this a splendid leather bound book and newspaper lined lounge within which to hang, it is also the place to sample a bounty of craft beers
This shop is where the boots are made for walkin’ as opposed to teetering and stumbling.
Cobbler is the type of bar that you frequently look for but never find – a cool New York loft style whisky and cocktail lounge
Little Red Dumpling bar is a mod funky little Chinese eatery serving delicious dumplings and spicy street food
This colourful speck of a cafe inhabits one third of a workers cottage
The Burrow is the kind of place you always look for but can never find – a homey, rustic hang-out where you can drop in alone with a book or a rowdy bunch of friends.
Bird’s Nest Yakitori and Bar, a rare bird in Brisbane, is derived from hundreds of traditional yakitori restaurants that can be found lining the streets of Japan.
Founder of Jocelyn's Provisions and foodie icon, Jocelyn Hancock has opened her latest venture, Cake and Bake in West End.
Picnic Cafe is West End's new go-to for delicious foodie fare for breakfast, brunch and lunch, located at West Village
Yoke Kitchen is a plant-based cafe and deli in West End dishing up wholesome and nourishing fare
Quench your thirst at Brisbane's brand-new, two-storey, craft brewery found tucked away on a laneway in West End
Jugar in West End is a stunning space the whole family can enjoy with top-notch fare & a purpose-built play space for kids
Lonelys Bar is an uber cool coffee house found in a West End warehouse serving well-brewed coffee & artisan pastries
The Twin is a funky West End cafe with garden courtyard, slinging delish deli-style sandwiches on house-baked bread
Superthing is a gorgeous, pastel-hued bakery cafe found on Montague Road in West End
An old school Greek fish'n'chip shop has made its home in an historic West End shop
Worthy Pie Co is a gourmet bakery offering perfectly flaky pasties, pies and sausage rolls, made from scratch
This grocery store with its faded sign and peeling paint stands as somewhat of a reminder of old West End
Commercial radio refugees and those who despair at the quality of downloads might want to hoof it to this fabulous little record and CD shop.

A bewitching night market with live music and fire dancers, stilt walkers, fortune tellers and aromatic street food stalls

The heritage-listed home (circa 1908) of Queensland Ballet has had a fabulous makeover, incorporating a new arts theatre with world class performances

Image credits: Thomas Dixon Centre courtesy of Thomas Dixon Centre website; Westoria image provided.

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