There’s nothing more exciting than coming across that brand new foodie find that no one else has ever heard of. Whether they’re down random alleyways, in tiny hole in the wall venues and hidden out in the suburbs, some of our most interesting foodie spots in Brisbane are not where you would expect.
From a chocolate research store where you can test interesting new flavor combinations, to a teeny tiny bars, to hippie joints that boast the best wraps you’ve ever tasted, here are 8 secret foodie spots in Brisbane to track down.
If you take a chance and walk down an unassuming alleyway on George Street, you’ll be rewarded by discovering a beautiful garden oasis. Coffee Iconic in the CBD takes the phrase ‘hidden gem’ to a whole new level and for those willing to seek it out will find themselves in a bona fide coffee haven. The Roastworks Coffee is top notch, but the lunch offering is pretty special, too. Our hot tip is the pork belly; it will blow away your taste buds.
Little Research Store
Imagine if there was a Willy Wonka-style place where you could sample heaps of new mouthwatering varieties of chocolate? Introducing the Noosa Chocolate Factory’s Little Research Store in the CBD. Track down this secret chocoholic joy on the double and don’t leave without tasting one of their many hot chocolates.
Fitz & Potts
One of the coolest Brisbane bars and beer gardens resides not in the city or the Valley or even New Farm, but upstairs overlooking the main street in the Northside suburb of Nundah. The retro-style Fitz & Potts punches well above its weight in terms of its craft beer selection, it has an epic vegan menu and to top it off is pooch-friendly. It’s the interesting, alternative drinking spot we’ve all been waiting for.
Josie North Coffee
Hidden down an alleyway near Toowoong Village you would barely know that newly-opened coffee joint, Josie North Coffee was there. Seek it out for the pared-back interiors, small batch coffee options and decadent peanut butter and jelly doughnuts. The best bonus is that next door is Genkotsu Ramen, which suggests that this is an alleyway to keep firmly on the radar.
Tucked away in a back street of Albion is a beautiful combination of French antique store, café and creative workshop space. We’re talking about Vieille Branche. With a simple and elegant menu including muesli with pears and yoghurt, cheese platters, and coffee, you won’t find a more inspiring and unusual spot to while away the weekend.
Nom Nom Café
You generally associate great Vietnamese food with Sunnybank, Darra, Inala and West End, so I hate to reveal that Nom Nom Café—in an unassuming set of shops in Salisbury—is my personal favourite spot in town for pho. Locals head here in droves for the generous serve of traditional pho broth topped with basil, chilli and sprouts, but it won’t be long before the secret’s out.
In a tiny space that you could easily walk past in South Brisbane’s Fish Lane is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets: stunning bar, Maker. The drinks are lovingly crafted, but the best bit is that it only sits a handful of people, giving it an ambience that is hard to match.
Next to a crystal store in West End, you’ll see a line up of people waiting to order lunch every single day. What’s going on in there? What’s going on in there is Café Wrapture, home to Brisbane’s very best wraps (I’m obsessed with the halloumi). And in a win for the coeliacs among us, the gluten free wrap is said to be one of the best ever tasted. Wrapture is a case of hippie West End nosh gone exceptionally right.
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