While restaurants are somewhat lacking in the city centre, there is certainly no shortage of stylish cafés which offer extensive choice at a reasonable price. As well as this, the majority of pubs which are located in the city centre also serve food during the day. Akin to the cafes, this is usually a much cheaper alternative than taking yourself to a fancy, overpriced restaurant in the suburbs. It’s also much more enjoyable.
The fact that the majority of all of the popular cafes, brasseries and bars are rapidly forming entire precincts in the city centre also makes it really easy to ensure that you find something you like without having to wander too far. If you head to areas including Brunswick Street, Petrie Terrace and the South Bank you will be spoilt for choice, and at a price you can afford. You should also try the city’s Chinatown area which is located along Duncan Street where several all you can eat Asian restaurants are in abundance.
With regard to the best dishes on offer in the city you should certainly try the wonderful array of fresh seafood which is regarded as some of the best in the country. There are also several authentic Mediterranean and European restaurants as well as the aforementioned purveyors of dishes straight from the Orient. And, of course you will have to try some native cuisine too as many of the newer eateries are now specializing in crocodile, kangaroo and emu.
Eagle Street Pier, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane, Australia
This is a little more expensive than some of the aforementioned eating establishments but if you’re looking for some of the best seafood in the city, then Pier Nine is well worth the extra dollars. Overlooking the river and the Story Bridge, book in advance or you’ll be left sitting for quite a while.
124 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia
A quality BYO Italian eatery which offers excellent value meals for two or more people. Serves a wide range of pizza and pastas in a cosy Mediterranean environment. Also provides a delivery service for those of you who just can’t drag yourself out for the evening.
282 Given Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane, Australia
Popular among the youth of the city thanks to its close proximity to the city’s university. Offers great value for money and the atmosphere is loud and lively. Specialising in Mediterranean dishes and offering a small selection of wine. You will need to book at the weekends as it gets extremely busy.
475 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Australia
Set in a converted warehouse which offers spectacular views of the river, this is an excellent venue for night out. Begin with dinner upstairs where you can select a reasonably priced meal from the extensive and ultra modernistic menu and then adjourn downstairs to the J-Bar where you can check out the live music on offer.
Broadway on the Mall, Queen Street, Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane’s very own taste of Spain situated right in the heart of the city. Serving an extensive range of gourmet sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes as well as an excellent selection of wines, coffees and liqueurs, this is the perfect place to unwind for the afternoon.
Cnr. Adelaide & Boundary St., Brisbane, Australia
Moderately priced but with huge portions, the specialty here are the steamed mussels which will set you back about $12. If you are a dessert person you might want to skip the starter. Also book a couple of days in advance to ensure that you get yourself a seat.
58 Mollison Street, Brisbane, Australia
A bohemian coffee and tea house serving an excellent selection of cakes. Also has a variety of Greek and vegetarian options on the menu. The facts that it’s open until midnight daily makes it a popular place to just hang out and relax.
197 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Australia
Just one of the many Chinese eateries in Brisbane, the Mekong proves extremely popular thanks to promotions like an all you can eat buffet for $6.90. Also offer a delivery service which always comes in handy.
Second Floor, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, Australia
With three different cusine types on offer including grill, Thai and Mediterranean Jojo’s will never leave you with something you don’t like. Also have an early bird menu between 4.30pm and 6.00pm where prices are greatly reduced and pretty appealing to the budget conscious backpacker.
Albert Street, Brisbane, Australia
Another popular Italian establishment set in an open sided café on a busy street corner. Famous for its huge breakfast, Pane e Vino also serves an excellent range of pastas, risottos and other Mediterranean inspired dishes. It’s a good place to stock up on food for the day.
63 Turbot Street, Brisbane, Australia
An excellent venue for lunch or dinner which attracts both residents and visitors to the city in their droves. Get there early for lunch as a large number of office workers have made it their number one spot. A warm, friendly atmosphere complete the various number of reasons to visit Explorers during your stay in Brisbane.