Food & Drink

Picks Of The Precinct | Fortitude Valley

By Laura Walkley
5th Sep 2015

Best Restaurants Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is the Spiderman of Brisbane suburbs. During the day he’s a nerdy, romantic creative but at night, or in times of dire need, he puts on something tight and lycra and enthusiastically hurtles himself toward an epic situation.

Recently, a dramatic revamp has seen the Valley’s older office buildings and car dealerships shifted to make room for the construction of modern high-rise apartments and rooftop bars. Being a Valley rat no longer means someone who frequents the third floor of Birdees to fist pump to an early 2000s’ Usher track, but probably means you’re a suit wearing, new apartment renting hipster, that’s lucky enough to be able to walk to work.

The diversity of the new Fortitude Valley means there is a consistently growing number of new cafes, bars, restaurants and shops to check out in the welcoming vibes of 4006.

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Trek down one of Fortitude Valley’s new laneways to pick up a Ben’s Burger, an I Heart Brownie or a Wrapped wrap.

If you’re one for green eats, check out Lost Boys’ vegetarian menu, skull It’s kalelicious juices, or grab some organic beers and tapas at The Tree House.

For a Friday night fiesta, head to Sin Vida, Gordita or Toro Bravo for terrific tapas and delightful drinks.

Get caffeinated at local Ltd Espresso, quirky Bam Espresso or fancy Reverends Fine Coffee.

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For a groovin’ time, the Woolly Mammoth has my heart merely because they once played the self-titled Beyonce album in its entirety (please make this a regular occurrence). The Bowler Club (TBC) and The Flying Cock also go off amongst raucous youths on Saturday nights.

The Valley’s legendary BYO restaurants are guaranteed to propel a night of unparalleled fun proportions. If the walls could talk at Enjoy Inn and King of Kings, well, I’m sure they’d say lots of nice things too.

A classy night calls for a visit to Laruche or Cloudland where the talented bartenders will be sure to nail your martini on the head.

Up On Constance and Limes Hotel are ideal for swinging back Coronas on a warm summer night, and new rooftop bar Eleven will surely bring a little something to the breezy rooftop bar scene.

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Bookworms can grab their latest read at Kunstler Magazines and Books, who stock unique and speciality wordporn. Pick up a pot plant to use as a bookend at The Botanist.

Purchase some mean kicks and threads or a quirky gift at Bow & Arrow or Stock and Supply. Shopping at Sunday Social and House of Cards means you won’t have to worry about seeing your outfit frequently repeated on a stranger.

For edgy jewellery head to Ruby & Prankstar and Bailey Nelson is where you’ll want to buy your summer shades.

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Thursday nights see Cloudland turn from an urban oasis into an up-tempo latino dance hall. Salsa lessons are free and begin at 8:30pm.

Work up a sweat rock climbing with a friend at Rocksports on Barry Parade, or if you’re not one for heights, do some laps in the old school Valley Pool.

Freshen up your weave with some highlights at the hair specialists, AKA Togninis, who have student specials or Toni & Guy who have very talented stylists.

The all day Fortitude Valley weekend markets that pop up along Brunswick Street mean even the laziest of heads can grab some delicious food or young designers threads on the weekend.

 Want more of the best suburbs in Brisbane? Check out our guide to Annerley.

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