If you're one of those folk who lament about the days when New Farm still had a ‘bit of an edge’ and Paddington had a higher ratio of worker's cottages than designer boutiques, Annerley might just pique your interest.
Annerley is parked four kilometres south of the city, rubbing shoulders with industrial charmer Woollongabba and leafy neighbours Greenslopes and Tarragindi.
What was once quaint pastoral farmland now has the chaotic Ipswich Road arterial slicing through its centre, but you can still catch glimpses of old in the Heritage-listed homes that line the suburban streets.
One thing Annerley has plenty of is promise. The once sleepy 4103 neighbourhood is fast filling with young families and urban professionals, whose lust for coffee has seen a string of new cafes set up shop (but we're still waiting for a cool bar, hint hint).
Curtis Stone may have his mug plastered on every Coles catalog, but his old mate Ben O'Donoghue prefers to fly under the radar at his residential cafe, Billy Kart Kitchen. Billy Kart has pinned Annerley on Brisbane's food map and, along with a reliable breakfast menu, hosts Friday night dinners with monthly themed menus.
Wander back towards the city and you'll find cool kids Box'd Espresso Bar and Cafe O Mai Cracknell Road, both of whom have just undergone some ace interior upgrades.
A morning outing to Cafe O Mai for Vietnamese coffee and brioche French toast with poached rhubarb, pistachios and honey syrup will soon have you singing Annerley's praises!
For a quick pick-me-up, locals love Bennie's Cafe, Fuel Espresso and Dudley Street Espresso. For date night, it's all about the seasonal fare of Azafran.
You could trawl for days at the endless op-shops dotted along Ipswich Road, but Southside Antiques Centre is the jackpot of vintage finds. Everything from fine china to antique jewellery is squirreled away somewhere here.
Much-loved local business Handmade High Street has just made the move from the main road – next to Ace Comics & Games – to its new abode inside the Antiques Centre, giving you an extra reason to pop your head in.
Further along Ipswich Road, no-frills Sam Coco Trading boasts one of the best deli sections in Brisbane. Prosciutto and haloumi for days. Grab a fresh Banneton loaf from nearby Boggo Road Markets and your Sunday entertaining is sorted.
While gentrification has been slow to sweep through this pretty southside suburb, it's still happening. One of the biggest signs of a youthful drift was the arrival of Vida Yoga Fitness Dance last year. From power yoga to Cuban salsa, Vida gets you up and moving in some pretty quirky ways.
Trivia tragics will want to set aside Wednesday night to hone their skills at The Junction Hotel (plus buffalo wings and 16 beers on tap), while the nimble-fingered should consider Pinball Wizard Wednesdays at Greenslopes Bowls Club.
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