Brisbane

Brisbane may not be the first city you think of when you think of Australia, but there is a lot going on in this booming nook by the river. Brisbane is home to Calexico’s headquarters and some of Nicky’s favourite stomping grounds, and we promise it has a certain charm that you can’t find anywhere else.

Use our personalised Google map below to navigate your way around Brisbane City

Beccofino

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A rustic Italian restaurant that is a Calexico staff favourite and a Brisbane institution. Order wine, antipasto and plenty of their calamari on their terrazzo outside while enjoying Teneriffe’s chic neighbourhood vibes. 

10 Vernon Terrace, Tenneriffe, QLD 4005

London Fields

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Inspired by classic British pub houses, London Fields offers an unbeatable atmosphere alongside craft beers and boutique wines. Head down for a few drinks on a Sunday afternoon before grabbing a bite to eat from their hearty menu.

5/36 Vernon Terrace, Newstead, QLD  4006

Blow

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If you’re in Brisbane, Blow is the best place for some good old beauty TLC. Request the amazing Desirée for super-hydrating light moisture treatments and the best, you-won’t-believe-it’s-fake tans in Brisbane.

5a/3 Montpelier Rd, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006

Ben’s Burgers

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If you’re in the mood for some greasy American style cheeseburgers, Ben’s Burgers is the place to go in Brisbane. Located in a little alleyway just off Fortitude Valley’s bustling Ann Street. 

5 Winn Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

Corner Store Cafe

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A staple location for breakfast or lunch, this bright café has some exciting items on the menu – from fish tacos to kale & quinoa stuffed mushrooms. The relaxing Toowong vibes away from the hustle-and-bustle just add to the charm.

114 Sylvan Street, Toowong, QLD 4066

Esquire

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One of the most forward-thinking restaurants in Brisbane, this delicious fine dining venue has a growing raptor of awards. We recommend the degustation menu, but if that’s not your thing head next door to Esq for a simpler atmosphere.

145 Eagle Street, Brisbane 4000

Gerard’s Bistro

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We don’t like to play favourites but we’ve always had a soft spot for our neighbour Gerard’s. Famous for its oysters, champagne and good times, it has earned its own cult following amongst Brisbane food lovers.

Gerard’s Lane, Shop 14, 15 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

Gerard’s Bar

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The brain child of Gerard’s Bistro, Gerard’s Bar is the slightly darker and discreet version of Gerard’s Bistro, and our go-to for Friday afternoon drinks.

13A, 23 James St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006

Scout

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A regular coffee haunt for Brisbane breakfast lovers, Scout brews with beans from New Zealand and offers a fresh menu every six weeks. This little cafe has something for everyone, and just a look at their Instagram can guarantee that it’s going to be a favourite.

190 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, 4000 QLD

Urbane

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Located in downtown Brisbane, Urbane is the one of the hard-hitters of the Brisbane dining scene with a glowing reputation to match. Offering fine dining degustations and a bar experience you won’t forget.

181 Mary Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000

Morning After

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This little West End cafe offers a refreshing twist on breakfast and lunch, all of which is served in a cool and contemporary fit out, differentiating itself from West End’s rustic and alternative cafe scene.

Vulture St, West End QLD 4101

Remy’s

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A neighbourhood joint serving up simple, fuss-free share food paired with a strong selection of drinks, Remy’s is a Paddington fixture that is an effortless good time. 

106 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064

Montrachet

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Open exclusively for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Thursday, Montrachet is a French restaurant owned by a local, larger-than-life Brisbane character. 

224 Given Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane 4064

Long Time

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If delicious food and good vibes is your thing, then we are going to point you straight in the direction of Longtime. Delivering a vibrant, Thai inspired cuisine, this little gem is hidden in an alleyway in Fortitude Valley and is a haven for food lovers and party goers alike.

610 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

Studio 45 Fitness

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Based in New Farm, Studio 45  specialises in Lagree, the newest full-body workout craze. A version of pilates on steroids, Lagree classes will burn 700 calories in their short 45 minute classes. Feel the Burn!

2/746 Brunswick St, New Farm, QLD 4005

Double Shot Espresso

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Double Shot Espresso offers a culinary experience for both breakfast and lunch while also serving up a mean cup of joe. The perfect nook for a sweet or savoury treat, the baked frittata, muffins and Spanish sardines are not to miss.

Shop 2, 125 Oxlade Drive, New Farm, QLD 4005

Pearl Cafe

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A small cafe, bistro & bar decked out in antiques, wood beams and exposed brick walls, Pearl fuses European elegance with quintessential Queensland charm. With a cult following and a great produce-driven menu, it’s best to get in early.

28 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102
Sourced Grocer
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Sourced Grocers is half café, half grocery store, selling quality produce, dips and oils in a great neighbourhood vibe. Stop at their newly renovated kitchen on a Sunday morning for a lazy coffee and a quick bite to eat. 

11 Florence Street, Brisbane, QLD 4006

Stokehouse

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Over looking the Brisbane river, Stokehouse provides elegant food in a prestigious vantage point and a celebratory atmosphere. Go for a boozy lunch and enjoy a selection of fish, meats and crustaceans washed down by a great selection of wines and cocktails.

Sidon Street, Southbank QLD 4101

The End

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In the hipster suburb of West End you will find The End, a quirky bar supplying a large variety of signature cocktails. Enjoy their Bloody Marys when hungover or nurse Old Fashions and Absinthe in nights of great joy or severe heartache – all as you lounge to the best beats.

 73 Vulture St, West End, QLD 4101

Public

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A hidden inner city hotspot, Public serves up a fine dining experience in a dimly lit interior. Channeling the vibe of a classy jazz club, this restaurant is not to be missed.

133 Mary Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Death Before Decaf

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Brisbane’s greatest coffee joint, Death Before Decaf is full of tattooed baristas that are pretty serious about their coffee, and in an atmosphere that can’t be replicated. This 24-hour hot stop is the best place to get your fix.

3/760 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005

Brisbane Jazz Club

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Brisbane Jazz Club is the only local clubhouse totally dedicated to jazz. Hosting quality performances every Thursday to Sunday in a historic riverside location, it’s a great place to enjoy a cocktail while relaxing with some smooth beats.

1 Annie St, Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169

Alcove

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A humble and local cafe serving up the freshest produce in a combined deli and cafe, Alcove is the perfect place to unwind for Sunday brunch. Serving up innovative dishes alongside the classics, this gem is guaranteed to become your new go-to.

92 Kedron Brook Rd, Wilston QLD 4051

Little Red Providore

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This quaint little cafe provides the perfect place to sit back and unwind while enjoying a fantastic coffee and delicious food. In a rush? We highly recommend grabbing something from their cabinet that is bound to rival your mums home cooking…

63 Windsor Road, Red Hill 4059

Emporium Hotel

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Luxury accomodation located in the heart of Brisbane and centred around the buzzing Fortitude Valley precinct filled with nightlife and endless cafes. This hotel offers a unique experience with enchanting elegance and unbeatable hospitality.

1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006

GOMA

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The Gallery of Modern Art hold 17, 000 pieces of historical, contemporary and modern art, and hosts some of Australia’s leading international exhibitions.

Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Maker

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Tucked away in Fish Lane you will find maker, a moody and intimate bar serving up impressive spirits – and even better cocktails. We recommend heading here before dinner or a night out.

Fish Lane, South Brisbane, 4101

Calexico Boutique is an international designer boutique based on James Street in Brisbane. The boutique currently houses over 85 international fashion labels, including Rag and Bone, Acne Studios, Isabel Marant and Helmut Lang, and offers a unique shopping experience with exclusive weekly arrivals and complimentary in store styling sessions.