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best things to do in stones corner

Stones Corner has had many incarnations over the years, from its origin as Burnett’s Swamp to the birthplace of Stones Ginger Beer (which was once sold on the corner here), from which it acquired its name. By mid last century it was a fashionable shopping hub with Finney Isles and Co department store and the Alhambra picture theatre, after which decades followed as a factory outlet destination. Today, with most of the discount retail moved on, it’s emerging itself as a quirky alternative eats and drinks precinct with some interesting boutiques and shops thrown in.

So if it’s been a while (or never) since a trip to this laidback tree-trimmed village with the jumble of architectural styles and colourful local characters, here are a bunch of good reasons to visit:

5 Boroughs

A funky slice of 5 New York boroughs has come to Stones Corner, peddling New York street food – ribs, burgers, steamed bao buns and reuben sandwiches – to wash down with beer & bourbon...more

The Bent Elbow

A quirky indoor beer garden is a feature of this cool craft beer den and kitchen – a top place to go for some excellent gastropub style food and a decent range of craft beers and boutique wines...more

Lady Marmalade

Plate of food inside Lady Marmalade cafe in Stones Corner

The rustic corner café that kick-started the whole conversion of Stones Corner to a foodie hub is still a mecca for the discerning coffee and food set as it continues to dish up great chef-prepared fare...more

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Books at Stones Corner

Every village needs a good indie book store and Stones Corner is no exception. Stocking a great range of Oz titles and children’s literature, [email protected] also has regular author visits...more

Shady Palms

Shady Palms

A sibling to Lady Marmalade, Shady Palms is the quintessential Queenslander style chilled neighbourhood bar that also does a great range of American-inspired bar food...more

Grindhouse Espresso

Seating inside Grindhouse Espresso

Tucked away in a little laneway off the main stretch is this gritty coffee temple with art-adorned walls where caffeine nuts come from far and wide to get their fix...more

Chili Coco Thai Kitchen

A cute little timber-clad restaurant, Chili Coco serves up delicious authentic spicy Thai food at great value prices for lunch and dinner and in the mornings does a tasty Western breakfast...more

Ursalady Creations

Woman walking in front of Ursalady Creations in Stones Corner

This little retro fashion boutique run by a mother-daughter team is the south side go-to for vintage, rockabilly, steampunk and retro fashion as well as new and old vintage goods and accessories...more

Indimex Café Bar Restaurant

Indimex Cafe Bar Restaurant Stones Corner

The only place in Brisbane where you can get Mexican and Indian food under the one roof (and both are done well) is this quirky and flamboyant restaurant bar with a friendly larger-than-life owner...more

Louis & Sons Delicatessen

This slick continental style deli, providore and café serves top coffee, a great range of gourmet and fine foods and sweet treats as well as being child-friendly...more

Go Lounge

Go Lounge Nundah

Brisbane’s only games lounge has its home in Stones Corner – a mecca for classic and contemporary table games enthusiasts who drop by to while away the hours with some good old-fashioned fun...more

Moreish Food & Coffee

Moreish Food & Coffee Stones Corner

A funky industrial styled café, Moreish adds a bit of extra street cred to the main drag and serves up a delicious breakfast or lunch as well as premise-made more-ish sweet treats. And its dog friendly...more

Brusnica Coffee Deli

This traditional Eastern European deli and grocer and long time Stones Corner resident is Brisbane’s secret go-to for Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian deli items and foodstuffs...more

Tuckeria

Down the same laneway that is home to Grindhouse Espresso is this cheery colourful Mexican taqueria – a cool place to grab some cheap fast Mexican food, Coronas and Margaritas...more

Paradise Market

Paradise Market

This Middle Eastern grocery store is a longtime resident of the main shopping strip, from where it sells an impressive range of Middle Eastern foodstuffs, kitchen wares and self care products.

Stones Corner Hotel

The grand old lady of Stones Corner, on the site of the early Stones Ginger Beer bar is a local institution and everyman’s pub. Enjoy a beer here outside under the jacaranda tree...more

Annerley Stones Corner Bike Ride

One of the best ways to arrive in Stones Corner is via this green belt bike ride from Annerley, taking in shady parklands, playgrounds and skirting canals along the way...more 

Treasures 4 You

Treasure for You Stones Corner

A little vintage and second hand shop, Treasures 4 You is a great place to browse with its quirky collection of vinyl, jewellery, comic books, collectables and memorabilia...more

As a bonus getting to Stones Corner has never been easier. The Eastern Bus Way station is a stones’ throw down the road on Old Cleveland Rd for those coming from UQ at St Lucia, Dutton Park and PA Hospital  and west-siders can take the Maroon glider from Bardon all the way through to Stones Corner. The green belt bikeway (and walk trail)  from East Brisbane and Woolloongabba leads to Old Cleveland Rd and, as mentioned above, it’s possible to walk or ride on the green belt path from Annerley.