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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.

  • B. Lucky & Sons TC Beirne Fortitude Valley

    bars

    B. Lucky & Sons is a splendid retro games cocktail den for adults, where pawn shop... » Read more
  • Arlette’s Kitchen Albion

    breakfast

    Arlette’s Kitchen is one of Brisbane’s real hidden treasures – an historic Albion corner... » Read more
  • Carpe Diem Fairfield

    cafes

    Carpe Diem is a family-friendly café in Fairfield serving top-notch Toby’s Estate coffee... » Read more
  • Only. Brisbane CBD

    coffee

    Only. is a sleek, specialty coffee café found on bustling Queen Street in Brisbane’s CBD » Read more
  • Pata Negra Bardon

    delis

    Pata Negra is a charming and authentic little Spanish tapas bar and deli found nestled in... » Read more
  • Crunchy's Waffles

    food trucks

    Family owned and operated, Crunchy’s double decker food bus boasts a mouth-watering menu... » Read more
  • functions

    The Brisbane Club, with views over Anzac and Post Office Squares, provides the perfect... » Read more
  • Noego Coffee Co Ormeau

    gold coast

    Noego Coffee Co is a hidden gem of a cool espresso lounge and roastery found in an... » Read more
  • home dining

    Short Order By Jocelyn's Provisions is cooking up homestyle meals, brewing smooth... » Read more
  • Evolve Organic Cafe North Ipswich

    organic

    Evolve Organic Café is North Ipswich's go-to for plant-based, wholesome fare,... » Read more
  • Fritzenberger Wilston

    pubs

    Fritzenberger frites and burger brew pub is a casual all day hangout in Wilston, a... » Read more
  • Nostimo Greek Restaurant Greek Club South Brisbane

    restaurants

    A visit to Nostimo Greek Restaurant at the Greek Club, South Brisbane, is the next best... » Read more
  • specialty foods

    The Jerky Nuts is a little slice of South Africa found along Beaudesert Road in Moorooka... » Read more
  • MajesTea Sunnybank

    tea

    MajesTea is a specialty tea shop in Sunnybank serving premium Asian tea, fresh fruit tea... » Read more