Restaurants That Understood The Assignment: Brisbane’s Most Instagrammable Venues
Glam up your ‘gram with these gorgeous Instagrammable Brisbane cafes and restaurants, where food, culture and design collide for the ultimate dining experience.
Whether you’re a foodie blogger, social media addict or you just love an #aesthetic background, Brisbane is delivering on these utterly Instagrammable venues! Working hard to overtake Australia’s more glamorous capital cities, Brisbane can boast a thriving and expanding food, drink and nightlife scene that has a relaxed energy of its very own.
Keep scrolling to find Brisbane's most gorgeous foodie spots (and don’t forget to tag us @sitchu.brisbane when you go!). That’s just #sositchu.
Did someone say… subtropical luxe? Yes. It was us. The Terrace at the Emporium Hotel is what dreams are made of, quite frankly. This stunning rooftop bar has a bespoke retractable roof meaning that it’s always filled with gorgeous natural light (ideal for getting perfect Instagram shots), glass and mirrored surfaces, and the most incredible glowing white floor. If you thought the interiors were Instagrammable, just wait until you see the view! With sweeping sights over South Bank Parklands, the river and the city skyline, there are plenty of gorgeous moments to capture at this bar in Brisbane.
Emporium Hotel South Bank, 267 Grey Street, South Brisbane
Brisbane’s showstopping W Hotel has to be one of the most Instagrammable destinations in the city, hands down. But if you’re looking for the best backdrop in the building, head to level four to visit Wet Deck. The bar serves up creative cocktails and tasty contemporary bites while live DJs keep the vibes pumping in the background. Featuring the iconic black and white striped pool (an interpretation of the bends and twists of the Brisbane River), and unparalleled views of the city, Wet Deck is the perfect place to head for any special events that might be worthy of a mini photoshoot of their own.
W Hotel, 81 North Quay, Brisbane
For an Instagrammable weekend brekkie, head to Industry Beans! This converted warehouse delivers on industrial-chic aesthetics, natural lighting in droves, and some seriously snappable dishes. Industry Beans is a spacious and airy café in the backstreets of Newstead and a worthy addition to your weekend coffee crawl. Once you’ve snapped your ‘fit pic and your food, don’t forget to order a bubble coffee for a fun addition to your social feed.
Sitchu Tip: Pick a table in the front of the café for the next natural lighting and roomy tables.
18 Proe Street, Newstead
Step off the busy streets of Brisbane and step into the Amalfi Coast glam of Settimo. Imagine that you’re enjoying a sunset dinner in Positano without having to touch your passport because every little detail has been taken care of at this Instagrammable restaurant. Not just a pretty face, Settimo dishes up flavourful and inventive Italian fare with a kitchen led by Guy Grossi. You can expect warm, welcoming service and true hospitality at this stunning venue.
The Westin Brisbane, Level One, 111 Mary Street Brisbane
With custom-programmed lighting, curved architecture and pastel tones, Casa Chow is an Instagrammable dream! With vibes that match the setting, this fun Peruvian-Chinese fusion bar and restaurant plates up vibrant and flavourful food and some of the best cocktails in Brisbane. There’s an in-house DJ pumping out Latin beats to keep the energy high and the good times constant. Live colourfully and visit Casa Chow the next time you’re itching for a good time (and a new display picture).
4b/148 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
Brisbane’s no stranger to a rooftop bar, but Lina Rooftop takes the limit sky-high with its super luxe, resort-style escape from the busy streets of South Brisbane. Lina boasts 1500 square metres of open-air elegance, that houses an infinity swimming pool, Mediterranean day beds, frangipani trees and tables a-plenty to accommodate all your best brunch pals. Snap your Instagram moments by the pool, city skyline, or in front of the LINA Rooftop sign because you guessed it, they understood the assignment.
74-80 Tribune Street, South Brisbane
Brought to you by the team behind Casa Chow, Sasso Italiano and South City Winery, it’s little surprise that Purple Palm is equally well executed and simply gorgeous. A 60-seat open-air oasis in the centre of South City Square, Purple Palm is inspired by the retro glam of Palm Springs and is the perfect place to stop for a pre-dinner drink. It’s also endlessly Instagrammable, with fresh modern decor and ambient lighting that sets the mood. Meet your friends here and watch the sun go down as the soft violet light begins to glow, and sip on a cocktail or G&T from the ten-foot wall of gin.
South City Square, 6/148 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
It doesn’t get more aesthetically pleasing than the tropical, Mediterranean oasis of Hellenika at The Calile. Dine poolside and get a hint of what it feels like to escape to the 5-star luxury elegance of this Fortitude Valley hotel. Hellenika itself is always bustling, with tasty Greek share plates and perfectly poured cocktails transporting you to total and utter relaxation. We know you’ve spotted this one all over your newsfeed, so it’s your turn to visit this very Instagrammable restaurant in Brisbane!
The Calile, 48 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Chermside has an exciting new destination for days when you’re not sure how to fit fun, food and tasty cocktails all into one booking. This challenge room experience and bar is Instagrammable from start to finish, from the glamorous pink foyer entrance to the kitschy wall art and of course the ‘hotel rooms’. Each of the ten different Hijinx Hotel Rooms has a different aesthetic, but we’re not going to give away the surprise! It’s the perfect rainy day activity or fun weekend social event for you and a group of your best pals. Finish off the visit with tasty pizzas, bites and cocktails in the colourful bar at the end of the Hotel floor.
Westfield Shopping Centre, Gympie Road, Chermside
Elegant, refined, Italian glam… that’s Bianca. This upmarket eatery on James Street is the effortlessly cool girl next door and it’s no surprise why. The food is utterly incredible and the rustic, tiled aesthetic of the fittings makes the perfect backdrop. There’s just something about a warm, peachy aesthetic that makes us pull our phone from our pocket… we’re sure you’ll feel the same. Not only does it provide the perfect pink backdrop for your next DP, but the food is pretty darn good-looking, too.
Shop Am5 Ada Lane, 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Housed within a historic, heritage-listed building, Donna Chang already makes an impression from the outside. Step into the foyer and the classic, old-world charm will instantly enamour you. Parquetry flooring, pink velour seating and marble tabletops provide a stunning setting for the choreography of gorgeous food and drink that’s soon to arrive on your table. Share a link to your group chat, it’s time to book a dinner date at Donna Chang!
Shop 3/171 George Street, Brisbane City
A restaurant so gorgeous you forget you’re sitting directly underneath a train line? Yep, Southside is just that good. Wander off Fish Lane into the leafy oasis that is Southside Restaurant and Kiki Bar. Soft terracotta tones, warm linens and cool leafy greens transport you to a world far away, and the lighting in the restaurant upstairs is just right for snapping pics. If you’re seated outdoors or at the bar, you’ll have the gorgeous leafy surroundings of this Instagrammable restaurant in Brisbane. Plus, once all of your table’s tasty share plates arrive, there will be plenty of aesthetically pleasing food to photograph, too!
Fish Lane Town Square, 63 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
Sasso is the new kid on the block in Annerley, and they’re putting their best foot forward with their gorgeous new Italian restaurant. With the tiled stairway entrance welcoming you off the busy sidewalk, head indoors to enjoy sun-drenched booths upholstered in deep warm hues and paired back with retro aesthetic fittings, the entire experience at Sasso Italiano is something a little special. The food is as stunning as it is tasty, so order some plates to share and a cocktail or two… for the content, you know? The Sasso team have just launched Sunday lunches, and we can’t imagine a better place to be kicking back and snapping pics on a beautiful weekend afternoon in Brisbane.
South City Square, Shop 4/148 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
Step straight into an Instagrammable wonderland tucked away in the Newstead Gasworks precinct at Ping Pong. With a strong pink aesthetic on their main dining floor, the floating bubble lights also change colour to add to the experience. If pink doesn’t suit your grid, book a table towards the back, where you step into an earthy jungle, surrounded by gold accents and animal prints. Meow! See you there for some modern and tasty Thai eats!
Gasworks, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead
Fool your followers into thinking you’re OOO this week by visiting the Hibiscus Room for a sunshine-filled brunch on the roof of the Hyatt Regency. With views over the plunge pool, down into the city and the glamorous bar, it’s the perfect spot to strike a pose and get snap happy for the ‘gram. Be sure to keep an eye out for their special events, where the live jazz band is jamming along and supplying the perfect ambience for a gorgeous day out.
The Hyatt Regency, 72 Queen Street, Brisbane City
If you’re looking to level up your foodie content online, any of the venues along the Howard Smith Wharves are a safe bet. But today we’re talking about the bar on everyone’s Instagram… Mr Percival’s. Just in case the view wasn’t enough for the ‘gram, there’s always the bar. With pastel hues, gold tones and glimmering rows of bottles with the DJ delivering tunes from the heavens (or so it seems), the entire space at Mr Percival’s has been carefully curated to provide immaculate vibes.
Sitchu Tip: Head down to this Instagrammable bar in Brisbane in the early afternoon to snag the perfect spot outside for golden hour.
Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City
When will millennial pink stop being the perfect background? Literally never, so trot along to the Rose Room and immediately snap some cute new photos in the pinkest palace in Brisbane. Touted as Fortitude Valley’s most Instagrammable cafe, we believe the hype to be real and so will you when you walk past the wall of gleaming pink wine bottles, and Turkish motifs, and pass under the lanterns dangling from the ceiling. Simply put, the Rose Room feels like a fairytale!
14/20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
These are just some of the perfect venues to have your very own #sositchu moment, but there’s so much more on offer in Brisbane! If you’re ticking off some must-do eats around town, take a scroll through our list of the best restaurants Brisbane has to offer, or take your socials sky-high at one of these rooftop bars in Brisbane.
As always, don’t forget to share your Instagrammable foodie moments with us, by tagging @sitchu.brisbane. We can’t wait to see what you get up to in Brisbane next!