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A Guide to Brisbane's Inner North

A sun kissed city with a burgeoning foodie and cultural scene, Brisbane is no longer content with sitting on the sideline, and you only need look to Brisbane’s inner-north to know what we’re talking about. Fortitude Valley, New Farm and Teneriffe are hip neighbourhoods, each with an energy that has been attracting the attention beyond the bounds of Brisbane. So, next time you’re in Brisbane, wander into these inner-north suburbs.

New Farm

New Farm has been busy making a name for itself on the Brisbane’s bar and foodie scene. Far from being overshadowed by its neighbour, Fortitude Valley, New Farm takes it up a notch with its cultural precinct, lush parklands and leafy streetscapes. Brunswick Street is lined with shopfronts, cafes, dining venues and an arthouse cinema, while James Street is brimming with designer stores, trendy bar, cafes and a dining scene that’s drawing attention to itself city-wide. Looking for a different pace? Head to New Farm's foreshore.

EAT. 

Antipasto boards at the bar to hearty meals in the restaurant, but when the weekend roles around breakfast steals the limelight. Complete with river views, WATT is a dining destination every day of the week, but Sunday sessions are their specialty. 

Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm

DRINK

This café-slash-bar is all about craft beer and great food. What Bitter Suite does well is host events that bring the two together, and by that we mean, three or four course meals that are paired with a craft beer.

75 Welsby St, New Farm

PLAY. 

With views over Brisbane River, Brisbane Powerhouse is a performing arts space that delivers an eclectic programme year-round. Plus, a weekly farmers market is held here every Saturday morning with fresh produce and delicious food stalls lining the walkway. 

119 Lamington St, New Farm

STAY

A traditional Queenslander turned luxury guesthouse, Heal House  has retained its old-world charm without skimping on the mod cons. It won’t take long to feel right at home here, with only three bespoke suites to speak of, and a beautiful veranda and lounge area. 

72 Heal St, Brisbane City. 

Fortitude Valley

Day or night, this is a neighbourhood that loves to entertain. Slightly offbeat and funky with hints of high-end elegance, Fortitude Valley has it all. Mouth-watering eateries, quirky hole-in-the-wall’s and fine dining destinations. And the nightlife doesn’t disappoint either – you only need look to Bakery Lane, Brunswick and Ann streets with their profusion of nightclubs, music venues and boutique bars, to know what we’re talking about.

EAT. 

American all the way, Ben’s Burgers keeps things simple with its fuss-free menu of burgers, fries and shakes. With only three burgers on the menu, you can mix things up with their extras, such as jalapenos or candied bacon. The menu may be simple but this little joint does a roaring trade.

Winn Lane- 5 Winn St, Fortitude Valley

DRINK. 

Keeping the American theme going, Greaser has a bluesy rock n’ roll vibe. The back-alley entry and dingy basement bar adds to all that is great about this place, and the mouth-watering cheeseburgers and southern fried chicken is simply too hard to resist (when in Rome right – or in this case, The Valley).

259 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

PLAY. 

Come during the day and stay well into the night. Bakery Lane is a design hub with an enviable selection of restaurants, cafes and bars. Check out the designer shopping and creative studios on offer and the food and bar scene is diverse and intriguing.

690 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

STAY. 

It doesn’t get much Fortitude Valley than this. Reflecting the areas slightly offbeat vibe, TRYP Fortitude Valley has a playful edge. Creative personalities and street artists have infused their style throughout the 65-room boutique hotel, and the result is an immersive experience unlike any other. 

14/20 Constance St, Fortitude Valley

Teneriffe

Shedding its industrial past, Teneriffe has become a riverside enclave that’s proving good things really do come in small packages. Boasting a plethora of offbeat cafés, organic grocery stores and trendy bars, Teneriffe is a vibrant riverside suburb, that in recent years, has become one of Brisbane’s most talked about neighbourhoods. 

EAT. 

You know you’re onto something good when the locals swear by it. Beccofino Pizzeria  does Italian well, and by that we mean, mouth-watering woodfired pizza and moreish pasta dishes that would make Nonna proud. But heed our advice and save room for dessert, because the sweet pizza offering is too good to share.

DRINK

Housed in Teneriffe’s woolstore precinct, Dalgety Public House gives the local watering hole a whole new meaning. It’s a fresh take on the gastro pub - light-filled interiors with natural timbers, concrete, cooper finishing’s and greenery. While here, you will be well served to take a look in at the share menu.

PLAY.  

Fitness is a pretty big deal around here, so make like a local and hit the Teneriffe Riverwalk. Walk, run, ride or glide – however you choose to do it, this foreshore walk hugs the river edge so you know the views are going to be good and the path will be bustling.

STAY

With lush interiors that exude sophistication, the Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments  bears the touch of Australian fashion icon of the same name. This couture 139-unit apartment hotel reflects Perry’s affinity for handcrafted pieces, designer amenities and luxurious fabrics. So, fashionistas, this one is definitely for you.