The Best of Brisbane

After sharing stories of my travels all over the world, I decided to do a little piece on the highlights of my home town! I actually live in Ipswich, which is a short drive from Brisbane City, so I will be including gems from both these places!

Rafter and Rose

My favourite little breakfast spot on the main road of Ipswich. A busy cafe that gives a relaxed vibe and specialises in breakfast delights. From a great eggs benedict to fluffy French toast, this laneway cafe combines good customer service with even better food. For a lighter choice drop in to buy some fresh baked muffins and a coffee. (drink coffee here)

The Regatta Hotel

The Regatta Hotel overlooking the Brisbane river has a lot to offer. From breakfast on the terrace, dinner at The Boatshed and drinks in the Walrus Club there is something for whatever time of day. Aside from the usual offerings, the iconic Brisbane location hosts amazing events. Most recently I attended their Melbourne Cup Gala, where the ground floor is transformed into a garden party and Pimms was in oversupply. The event was catered by the restaurant, meaning the food was above par. (see more here)

Red Hook

A little spot tucked away in the CBD, Red Hook is a classic New York street food joint that offers the best and messiest meals. With a small courtyard to eat its not ideal for large groups, but is a great stop before a night out. Music is always playing and the service is quick, with a wide range of choices for every taste. (eat more here)

Alfred and Constance

This mix match beach themed gem is in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. During the day the cute venue offers a full lunch menu with a mix of indoor and outdoor dining. In the evening, the ‘Tiki Bar’ opens and it goes off. Cocktails in pineapples and leis for every person makes for a great night with even better pictures. A somewhat unknown, but full of character bar and a must visit. (get lei’d here)

The Pumpyard

Ipswich’s own little brewery, the pumpyard offers great pub food and a wide array of beers, some brewed in house. It has an industrial vibe where you dine in the brewing room, often listening to tunes by local acts and performers. Although closed a couple days a week for brewing, the rest of the time you can eat onion rings and have a taster set of beers including interesting flavors like s’mores. Great for Ipswich locals and worth the drive for those in Brisbane. (drink beer here)


This cow themed cocktail and desert bar is in Southbank and has a lot to offer. Although small the venue is ideal for after dinner or before a night out. You can make your own ice cream or drink from the bar. The quirky venue has udders on the roof and offers relaxed seating with indoor fires to warm the open location. I recommend any of their alcoholic drinks and an ice cream desert, it’s what they do best! (see more here)


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