Camp Hill and Coorparoo are much more than quiet suburbs close to the city. Coorparoo is named afterThe Cooparoo Clan, the Aboriginal tribe who camped along the creeks in the area. Camp Hill was settled by farmers, with a strong German influence in the community, and eventually serviced by Brisbane’s Tramway between 1912 and 1926. Now, both spots offer a bevy of things to eat, see and do. We’ve sourced some of the best, to help you get the best out of Camp Hill and Coorparoo.
Some of Brisbane’s best Mexican-American chow goes down in Coorparoo at super-cool spot, California Native. Not only does it have a great fit-out, the restaurant offers up a delicious menu too. Sink your teeth into one of their mighty burgers and teh amazing Dos Gamba Tacos of perfectly plump prawns dusted in seasoning, fried and served with salad, chipotle mayo, beans and slaw.
Camp Hill offers up crowd favourite, Picnic Cafe, with its fantastic all-day breakfast and lunch menus. Try their buckwheat pancakes for breakfast, served with blueberry maple compote and other assorted goodies or the amazing salmon hash served with confit fennel and poached eggs. Pop in for a hearty lunch of grilled salmon salad served with asian slaw and mung noodles.
Ashton and Old
Another Brisbane favourite, Ashton and Old serve amazing coffee and great food to boot. Their breaky menu includes one heck of a pulled pork eggs benedict as well as cheese and potato croquettes, served with poached eggs, beetroot relish, green pea puree and maple prosciutto. The perfect way to start any day!
There seems to be a theme going on in this part of town… amazing American-style food, done very, very well. Take a trip to Carolina Kitchen in Coorparoo for some of Brisbane’s best soul food. The menu includes hoagies and chill dogs, American-style cheeseburgers and hamburgers and their famous BBQ ribs and Buffalo wings. Eat it all.
Inna Bliss Yoga
Pop into the gorgeous Inna Bliss Studio in Camp Hill and reconnect. The studio offers a light space with high ceilings, soft lighting and wooden floorboards. Their classes include Vinyasa, Yin and some special classes dedicated to beginners.
Coorparoo Bowls Club
There’s nothing quite like a day spent at the local Bowl-o. Spend a warm weekend afternoon out in the glorious Brisbane sunshine playing a few rounds at Coorparoo Bowls Club with great mates and making the most of those bowls club beer prices.
Whites Hill Reserve
Whip on your sneakers and head outdoors to the Whites Hill Reserve. If you feel like being a kid again, muscle your way onto the Exploration Playground and go loco on the slides, swings and other fun activities. Otherwise, make the most of the walking tracks, like the Snakey’s Mountain or Whites Hill Summit.
Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre
Time for a dose of culture, you guys. Camp Hill is home to an amazing Buddhist Centre and they offer a whole host of programs for you to experience. You can learn how to meditate or simply join one of their meditation classes, take an emotional balance class, learn about Buddhism or take a yoga class.
Fig Tree Deli
Stop in at the Fig Tree Deli in Camp Hill and stock up on the most essential of provisions. We’re talking cured meats, gourmet dips, artisan breads, cabinets full of yummy things to take home and jars and bottles of all manner of sauces, jams and preserves.
You’ll find this great spot double as a thrift store and cafe (win!) The walls and shelves around Vintage Closet are dotted with awesome vintage finds just begging to be snapped up. You’ll find things you probably haven’t seen since your childhood as well as great household items, cool clothes and other assorted treasures.
Stop in at Vanilla House for all those beautiful things you can’t help but collect for your home. Think delicately scented candles, gorgeous notebooks, flowers, artwork, mirrors, vases and more. It’s one of those places that you just can’t walk out of without ‘accidentally’ buying something.
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