As a Southsider, the Northside tends to terrify me. What with its multiple lanes of traffic, big tall buildings and general buzzing, busy activity, it’s all a bit too much for a Southsider at times. So, in lieu of a string of Brisbane’s best eats falling north of the river, we’ve decided to put together this nifty little guide to the Northside for scared Southsiders. Don’t worry guys, it’s really not that bad over there.
Let’s do this!
Rhubarb Rhubarb in Wooloowin is an adorable French restaurant hidden away on the Northside from us Southsiders. These guys draw their inspo from all things Français, so you’d be forgiven for feeling more like you’re in Paris than Wooloowin. The house baked blue cheese soufflé is crazy good while the house corned veal tongue needs to be tried—so many French feels!
Sichuan Bang Bang + Pizzeria Violetta
If you’ve ever dreamt of a Chinese and Italian hybrid restaurant, then the Northside has you covered with Sichuan Bang Bang and Pizzeria Violetta cohabiting the same space. While it may not sound like the combo of your dreams (TBH it sounds hella weird), once you’ve tried it you’ll never go back. Do yourself a favour and order the kung pao chicken. Maybe just don’t eat a margarita at the same time…
Junk Bar in Ashgrove is a pretty perfect spot for suburban drinks north of the river. The vintage, mismatched décor will remind you of your nan’s house but, trust us, there are plenty of good times to be had.
If you just need to chill the f**k out for a second but can’t switch off, then Float Brisbane in Lutwyche is your go-to spot. While the premise might sound kind of scary, we promise it’s the most relaxing experience you’ll ever have. It’s like the world’s most epic nap #justdoit.
Ascot & CBD
We’ll go ahead and say it, Taro's Ramen do some of Brisbane’s best ramen (if not the best). You can find each of their stores on the Northside. Go classic and order the pork tonkatsu ramen with a side of gyoza. Sorry Southside, this is one battle we just can’t win.
If a delicious bagel is what you’re after then Bowen Arrow in Bowen Hills is the place for you. These guys dish out bagels packed full of flavour that are just ripe for an Instagram picture. They also do other great breakfast options, so stop by for an inner city brekky or two.
Clayfield Seafood Market
We hate to admit it, but the Northside might just have some of Brisbane’s best fish and chips. Hmmph. Oh well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join em, right? That’s why we’re obsessed with making the trek to Clayfield Seafood Market. Go for their classic fish and chip option, or stop by early for their breakfast burger (it’s seriously epic).
Let Minnow Café
Let Minnow in Clayfield definitely takes the cake for Brisbane’s most pun-derful café. But, puns aside, these guys are worth the trip. Their jumbo jaffle menu alone is kind of amazing and that’s before you get to the rest of their mouth-watering breakfast options.
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