West End has a vibe all of its own; a quirky, anything-goes sort of feel. You don’t really need to wear your shoes to breakfast if you don’t feel like it, you can get a great cup of coffee just about anywhere and there are loads of great bars and restaurants to choose from.
Brisbane is laid back enough as it is, but West End takes it to a whole new level and I dig it. To help you navigate the myriad of wonderful things on offer in our beloved West End, here’s our picks of the precinct.
For food that tastes, looks and feels good Mondo Organics is the place to be. Their seasonal lunch and dinner menus are heavenly, but it’s their breakfast menu that makes dreams come true.
The Gunshop Cafe is as West End as things get and there’s a good reason for it. A super cool setup with delicious food and great wine. Stop in for a yummy brunch on the weekend or dinner with friends.
West End newbies, Donut Boyz have some delicious fried dough balls for you to wrap your lips around.
Some of Brisbane’s best Asian street food goes down at Chop Chop Chang’s on Boundary Street. Bundle up your mates and head down for a good old fashioned banquet of fresh food packed with loads of flavour.
Govindas Pure Vegetarian is as authentic West End experience as you can get. Load up with a bottomless plate of vegetarian and vegan curries, rice, pakoras and amazing home-made semolina pudding and refreshing drinks. It’s cheap and tastes amazing.
Some days you just have to eat a pizza and when those days come, Julius Pizzeria has got you covered. Amazing homemade pizzas with insanely good toppings that’ll take you back to your Contiki trip through Italy.
Brisbane Brewing Co is haven of booze away from the wild streets of West End. Settle in with a pint of their brewed-on-site beer or work your way through the whole lot.
Cocktail don’t get much better than those at tiki themed joint, Jungle. It’s your chance to drink delicious things out of cool cups, pineapples and other eclectic vessels.
The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar has great food, great drinks and awesome live music all on offer in a nautical themed setting that’s low-key and comfortable.
Cosy bar, The End, offers a great range of drinks and a really cool atmosphere to boot. It’s the perfect place to pull up a seat and get comfy with the locals or soak in some live music.
More cocktails? Okay! Go directly to Lychee Lounge, the exotic oriental themed bar known for its amazing cocktail creations and unique flavour combinations.
Davies Park Market are a shopping paradise. Splash out on fresh produce and baked goods, homemade organic cosmetics, clothing, hats, art, food and more.
Lose a few hours exploring the shelves at Bent Books, the iconic second-hand book store. With some 40,000 books to go through, you may need a while to flip through them all.
For vintage clothing, head to Box Vintage and dig through their treasure trove of ridiculously cool clothing and assorted antiques. Follow it up with a trip to Egg Records on Vulture Street and spend a few hours sifting through their huge range of vintage records.
Dandelyon Gifts is packed to the rafters with unique, weird and wonderful gifts, homewares, jewellery, hand dyed clothes and more.
Feeling nerdy? Step into Junky Comics and get your geek on with a whole lot of cool artwork, comic books, collectibles and more.
Sign up for a term of Latin dancing Rio Rhythmics Dance Studio. It may ignite the fires of passion deep within you and also get your heart rate up too. Exercise can be fun? Ah yeah, it can.
If you’re feeling adventurous, visit Urban Climb for a spot of indoor rock climbing. It’s one heck of an upper body workout.
Bliss out with some meditation and/or yoga classes at the Australian School of Meditation & Yoga. Their group sacred chanting meditation on a Sunday is awesome.
Visit The Loft Beauty & Spa to get fleeked out from head to toe. Body wraps, massages, facials, manicures and more await you.
Catch a live gig at Max Watt’s (formerly The HiFi). Get your body in among a heaving throng of other people’s bodies and catch your favourite band, or even someone you haven’t heard of before, live and loud at Max Watt’s.
The Boundary Street Markets pop up ever Sunday from 9am to 2pm and you can get your mitts on fresh produce, delicious street food, artisan jewellery, clothes, art and more. Fave stalls include Tom & John's Wings, Bake: Plant Based for doughies, and The Motor Room for dranks.
If you fancy brushing up on your cooking skills, sign up for a cooking class at Mondo Organics. They’ll teach you all about preparing fresh, local, organic ingredients and give you a wine while you’re there.
Need an outlet for your creativity? Raw Art Workshop have a fantastic space where you can get creative with all manner of things including clay, mixed media, print making, painting and sculpture.
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Image credits: Ariana Gillrie, Tash Sorensen, Geoff Zabell