(GF) (VG) Urban List says: Pawpaw offers breakfast that goes far beyond your basic bacon and eggs. Boasting an extensive all-day breakfast and lunch menu, excellent Campos coffee, and a quirky feel, Pawpaw is a Brisbane breakfast star. From the team behind Green Papaya and Red Robin Supper Club, you'll more often than not find a member of The Urban List team chowing down on a corn fritter or two.
(GF) (VG) Urban List says: Not only is everything on the menu at new Fortitude Valley cafe Lost Boys completely vegetarian, it's also all completely organic. Lost Boys boasts a breakfast and lunch menu that's sure to impress both the clean eaters and your stock standard foodies, and their fun and creative drinks menu is a breathe of fresh air (not to mention refreshing!). Lost Boys cafe is also carbon neutral! Yes, this new Brisbane cafe does it all.
Guardian says: another charming old workers’ cottage that has resisted the spit and polish and sparkle of so many Sydney eateries. There’s a bit of a queue but it moves quickly. The bacon and eggs are good, and the coffee is amazing. My only gripe? They were a bit snooty when I asked if they had a copy of the Courier-Mail. I was given the Australian instead, which was a bit of a let-down, as nothing quite captures the flavour of a new city like a read of its local paper.
Guardian says: My pal, a Brisbane musician, recommends heading to the Triffid if you fancy some late-night live music. It’s one of Brisbane’s newer music venues and is run by the former bassist of Powderfinger.
Guardian says: Catch a City Cat to the Hamilton Wharf where there are night food markets every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s a bit of a hike from the centre of town (it’s out near the airport) but when you get there it’s as though a portable city has sprung up. There’s about 60 shipping containers converted into mini-restaurants, serving up international cuisine, with stalls and live performers. Fairy lights are strung up between the stalls and the atmosphere is like a Christmas Market.
(GF) Guardian says: I’m dining alone but rather than being shoved at a little table down the back, I’m given a nice spacious table overlooking the water and lots of magazines to read, lest I become gloomy with existential angst after an hour in my own company. The wine list is very good and I recommend the set lunch menu for $37 that offers two courses plus a glass of wine.
(GF) (VG) Guardian says: with views across Brisbane river towards the lit-up Story Bridge – is very much in the same vein as Chin Chin and Supernormal in Melbourne – think lots of big-flavoured, Asian-inspired dishes to share and a lot of effort put into a sleek interior. It’s relatively new and already hugely popular. I recommend the beef cheeks braised in rock sugar and soy, black bean and chilli sauce ($35) and the Moreton Bay bug dumplings with XO and lime ($18).