The sunny beer garden at fitz + potts in Nundah | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
Long gone are the days of venturing all the way into the city or Valley for decent food, or hiding your shame one failed parallel park at a time in metre-wide inner city streets. The ‘burbs are delivering the goods when it comes to food these days, and we couldn’t be more excited. Here’s our pick of Brisbane’s best up and coming foodie suburbs:
Surprisingly, Sandgate has more to offer than just historic buildings and sand. They’ve got healthy desserts and healthy everything on lock with Satori Organics. But if you aren’t feeling so healthy you need to check out Farmor’s Crepes; their line up of sweet and savory crepes will have you planning your move to Sandgate, and their burger offerings on Friday nights will have you unbuttoning your jeans for extra room. The Garden Gate Nursery and Café will have you feeling like you’re a fairy with their gorgeous garden décor and organic coffee. Plus, they’re leading the game with BYO food at local bar Mr Hendersen. Not to mention quirky laneway spot Cardigan Bar. This place would blend right in on the streets of NYC. Speaking of NYC, check out Cypher Coffee while you're at it.
Moorooka is killing it these days. It seems this southside gem has come outta nowhere. Moorooka is home to Brisbane’s best (and seriously authentic) African cuisine. You’ve gotta check out Cush Sudanese and the Ethio-African Restaurant & Injera Bakery. Sorry Moorooka locals, but we have to share Ho Choi Chinese with everyone: don’t let appearances deceive you, this place serves up some of the freshest, most delish Chinese in Brisbane. Plus, Moorooka has some pretty decent coffee: check out Side Street Kitchen for a delicious breakfast to accompany your coffee. If you’re after something more substantial make a beeline for Autumn Lane Café (if you love bagels you’ll know this place already) and Todd & Pup.
Tell people your fave coffee spot is in Salisbury and you’ll be met with a look of disbelief, but Salisbury is seriously bringing it in the food front these days. Take a trip to Apples on Ainsworth for breakfast and lunch packed full of fresh ingredients and a long list of vego options. If you want something a bit more ‘hipster’ check out Hedge Espresso for your brunch and coffee needs seven days a week – they also have bacon-flecked brownies so get there STAT. For a side of history with your brunch take a seat at Reload Espresso. Aptly named, this placed used to be a bullet factory during WWII. Plus, for Vietnamese that wouldn’t be out of place in Hanoi you’ve got to try the Pho and Bahn Mi served up at Nom Nom Café: just trust us, this place is good with a capital G.
Ashgrove is making its name as one of Brisbane’s foodie hotspots for good reason. For breakfast you’d be a fool to miss Famish’d on Frasers. One bite of their Bloody Mary Breakfast and you’ll be an Ashgrove convert, did we mention their breakfast menu also includes wild mushroom ragu and potato kale haloumi fritters? Milk Café is another foolproof option: for a milkshake, big brekkie or a healthy salad you’re going to want to stop in. Ashgrove also has PM offerings for you: check out Junk Bar for all your cocktail needs and Osaka Japanese Dining Bar for your fix of Japanese food and good drink.
Stafford is fast becoming one Brisbane’s best brunch spots, with their finger firmly on the coffee pulse. Elixir Coffee’s warehouse fit out serves up coffee roasted on site, and some pretty #foodstagram worthy brunch options. Crema and Cream also serve up seriously good coffee, plus gorgeous cakes, and some seriously honest menu offerings such as the “mushroom thingy” and the “hands full”. Pod Espresso will keep even the most inner-city dwelling hipsters happy; they’re spruikers of clean skin coffee, tasty breakfasts and waist-line hating sweet treats, plus everything about Pod Espresso is Instaworthy.
You’d be forgiven for thinking there wasn’t much in Brookfield apart from rolling hills and beautiful gardens. But guess what, dear reader, there’s more. Foodies are on the rise in Brookfeild with spots like Wild Canary popping up that serve produce fresh from their kitchen garden and their entirely seasonal menu. There’s nothing quite like eating food that was picked that morning is there? Dream spa spot, One Wybellena, offers up a TDF Deluxe Chocolate Scrub with Ancient Thai Pinda Balance; the property itself is gorgeous too. Of course, no trip to Brookfield is complete without stopping in at the Brookfield General Store: check out their avo on pumpkin toast with bacon and thank us later.
No longer just a ‘burb you watch fly by as you trek it to epic swim spot Cedar Creek Falls Samford’s foodie scene is bringing it in a big way. Housed in an old church, The Flying Nun serves up coffee that will have hipsters thinking they’re in a laneway café in Notting Hill amongst mosaic windows and rainforest gardens. The Rare Pear will save you from stopping off at a servo and will whet your appetite in such a way that you’ll be mapping out a ‘quick lunch stop’ there when you’re craving it at work.
Nundah is making quite the case for Southsiders to venture over the river in search of food. Dandelion & Driftwood has earned itself a reputation as the best coffee on the northside, plus they have some toasties that have well and truly put Nundah on the map. Fuel & Co think Nundah is pretty cool too, which is why they use locally sourced ingredients. Plus, their menu includes Cherry Ripe milkshakes, eggs benny with braised pork and much much more deliciousness. If you’re looking for a roof top bar you no longer need to head into the city ‘coz Fitz + Potts have got you covered.
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