Restaurants

  • A talented duo have turned the dark and moody Pasta Club space into a bright 40-seat bistro dedicated to honest, produce-driven plates and esoteric wines.

  • Honouring Sardinia's tradition of charcoal cooking, this restaurant serves a fuss-free menu in a beautifully designed space. Come for fresh seafood and traditional pastas or call ahead for the specially prepared suckling pig.

  • Unfussy wines and tinnies meet pescatarian, European-style eats at this wine bar set in a century-old space. Expect design that’s homey-yet-chic and laidback, friendly service.

  • One of Brisbane’s best craft brewers.

  • A Roman-style pizzeria with sustainability in mind. Dine al fresco on signature long-fermented pizzas made with Italian flour, plus antipasti, classic handmade pastas and more. An Italian-heavy wine list champions producers from the old school and the new.

  • The ramen you love – south of the river.

  • Crispy chicken and cocktails.

  • Leave your pretensions at the door to enjoy some anti-craft beer and real pub grub.

  • A versatile stalwart of the West End bar scene.

Cafes

  • At its first Queensland outlet, this Sydney-born bakery is serving up a famous Hungarian street snack alongside slab cakes, sweet roulades, savoury burekas and coffee by Seven Miles.

  • A popular Camp Hill brunch spot has expanded to West End with a bigger, breezier cafe in West End. Expect a broadly Asian-inspired menu starring Wagyu scotch eggs and Korean fried chicken, plus vibrant smoothies and brunch-ready cocktails.

  • Leave your hoverboard at home, it already has one.

  • Head to this immaculate pure pink croissanterie for tiramisu croissants, zesty bitter orange custard cruffins and vanilla custard morning buns, washed down with Padre coffee.

  • A bright, serene eatery for days when Gatorade and bacon just won’t cut it.

  • Get authentic American-style sweet pies and smaller savoury classics in a cosy corner shop.

  • This three-month-old plant-based cafe is doing mid-week vegan degustations from a three-hatted chef.

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  • The city incarnation of Ben O’Donoghue’s suburban cafe has a slightly more grown-up approach.

  • Home-style Greek brunches sure to get yia yia’s approval.

  • Coffee? With Thai food? It’s here.

  • For truly innovative brunches.

  • A Brisbane coffee pioneer.

  • Connecting you with the people who grow your food.

  • Family is everything at this health-conscious, community-minded cafe.

Bars

  • Lo-fi wines, smooth beats and a menu by an ex-Gerard’s Bistro executive chef. The spiritual successor to one of Brisbane’s favourite bars – inside the old Wandering Cooks space – is a win for West End.

  • Bar? Or spirits library? Hint: there are 400 whiskies stacked in the shelves.

  • It may be small, but this bar can lay claim to having its very own exclusive beers.

  • A Brisbane classic, where clever cocktails combine with grazing plates.

  • Open, airy and laid-back, this three-storey brewpub pours everything from Mexican-style lagers to experimental IPAs. Tacos, pizzas and beer-friendly snacks with a spicy kick round out the food offering.

  • A botanical wonderland with more than 130 types of gin.

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  • Where the pig on your plate is reared on the same malt and hops in the beer.

  • The bar that generates a whopping 20 percent of its profits to charity.

  • A 400-capacity pub in West End.

Shops

  • Trade your own clothes and accessories for cash or in-store credit at this chic, second-hand clothing exchange. Or buy something that’s old to someone else but new to you. You won’t find fast fashion on the racks here – just pre-loved, sustainably sourced vintage and designer threads from your local community.

  • A cult gelateria direct from Sydney, scooping house-made flavours such as choc-pretzel and nutella-meringue. It's so popular, each flavour only lasts six hours or less.

  • Poised somewhere between a big suburban nursery and a more compact inner-city plant shop, this is the place to outfit balconies, courtyards and loungerooms with plantlife both edible and purely aesthetic.

  • Ethically made basics for men and women.

  • A straight-up excellent second hand bookshop.

  • High concept donuts out of a shipping container.

  • An iconic bookshop with Brisbane’s best-read staff.

  • The sourdough experts.

  • The friendliest little record store ever.

  • An eclectic apparel and accessories store.

  • Lose yourself in a wonderland of handcrafted goods.