Sleepy Salisbury, neighbouring Tarragindi on Brisbane’s south side, is fast becoming a Brisbane suburb to watch.
With an interesting past – it edges an industrial area that housed artillery factories during World War II – the area has been inhabited by an older population that has taken good care of the leafy suburb.
Many of the older local characters remain, but canny urban hipsters have been swooping in on the prime real estate and a new, hip vibe is permeating the area.
Salisbury doesn’t overwhelm with quantity, but it proudly boasts a handful of high quality local cafes and shopping options with an eco-organic vibe, making a trip southside well worth putting on the agenda.
It’s all about brunch in Sals and you’ll never regret a Saturday morning at Salisbury's best cafes.
Apples on Ainsworth
Local favourite Apples on Ainsworth is tucked in a quiet nook where you can soak up the laidback vibe and sample a tasty breakfast or lunch made on fresh ingredients. Perfect for families with little ones and offering great vegetarian options, the haloumi stack with roasted tomatoes and basil pesto is next level delicious.
Hip cafe Hedge Espresso, housed in a cute worker's cottage, takes care of your avo on toast and coffee needs seven days a week. But apart from offering brunch staples, they also like to freestyle with unusual ingredient combos: the bacon-flecked brownies sound unusual, but you need to try ‘em!
Reload Espresso Bar
Once a bullet factory during World War Two, the cheekily named Reload Espresso Bar has taken on a new life as a sassy southside cafe. Good coffee, good service and lots of outdoor seating make it a perfect hang spot.
Nom Nom Cafe
Nom Nom Cafe provides good coffee and brunch basics, but it's their Vietnamese menu that is phe-nom-enal #worstjokeever. With pho and banh mi so on point that it wouldn't be out of place in Hanoi, Salisbury can count itself lucky to have landed one of the best Vietnamese hot spots in town.
Secret Trees Coffee
Not technically in Salisbury, but pretty damn close, is Secret Trees Coffee. Situated close to Griffith Uni, Secret Trees is becoming well known for their cute cakes and their signature drinks with fluffy fairy floss on top. Yep, everything from an iced green tea latte to a long black comes to you with a whimsical white cloud of floss hovering over the top!
Ethical food organisation Food Connect provide an alternative to the 'thawed out' fruit and vegetables you find in the supermarket by working with local farmers to deliver fresh, local produce to in-the-know people across the city. Drop into the brilliant Food Connect warehouse in Salisbury (it's covered in huge handmade mosaic lettering running along the side of the building) to pick up fruit and vegetables or get involved in delicious cooking classes with Merriweather chef Jarrod Huey which run from time to time.
The Big Vintage warehouse in Salisbury is the home of quirky and fabulous vintage homewares. Owners Pat and Sally have sustainably sourced an eclectic range of industrial and vintage pieces from around Queensland and all over the world.
Home Made Home
If you’re sick of trips to IKEA, seek out Salisbury gem Home Made Home where you can get rustic, farmhouse and industrial furniture made to order. The clear bonus is that there are no flat packs or crowds in sight.
Hike Toohey Forest
One of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, Toohey Forest Reserve covers 260 hectares of land and is just 10 kilometres from the city centre. Get back to nature by hiking a range of trails through the forest, many with spectacular views of the city.
Salisbury Community Garden
For those of us wanting to transition from black thumb to green thumb, the Salisbury Community Garden has an open day every Saturday where you can swing by, gets some tips, eat some produce, and learn to how to distinguish tomatoes from tomatillos and wild herbs from weeds.
Image credits: Ariana Gillrie
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