What's new in Brisbane this month, you ask? Loads, it seems, as Brisbane continues to celebrate the opening of new venues all over the shop. We have all the new boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and bars you need to be visiting this month.
Maryon's may be famous for her shoes, but the little sister store to Maryon's James Street boutique, Maryon's Philosophy, housed in the Emporium, has a focus on accessories and jewellery (as well the requisite gorgeous shoes). You'll find labels like See by Chloe, Matthew Williamson, Marni, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, as well as up-and-coming designers.
North-side folks, get happy. There's a new breakfast nook in Kedron to pay a visit, and it's from the gang who brought you Pawpaw Café and Green Papaya in Woolloongabba. There are plenty of breakfast classics on the menu here, and Little Pawpaw will likely be welcomed with open arms by a variety of starved Northsiders.
Taking the space of JazzCat in Paddington comes Middle-Eastern cafe Shouk, serving simple and tasty market-inspired fare. The menu features such delights as crispy latkes (potato pancakes) with smoked salmon and creme fraiche; breakfast of the moment, shakshuka (Tunisian eggs in a rich and spicy tomato sauce); an Israeli breakfast platter; and Persian treats like tahini cookies. With a new all-day menu in the works, and plans to open for dinner on weekends, Shouk is just getting started. One of the more exciting new additons to Brisbane's cafe scene.
Kunstler Magazines and Books
Brisbane's speciality magazine scene has been bleak, until the opening of Kunstler Magazines and Books last week, that is. Tucked down Fortitude Valley's Winn Lane, perched temptingly close to the peanut butter and jelly brownie glory that is Flamingo Café, Kunstler takes the space that was home to Atavist Books.
Death Before Decaf
Hard core coffee house, Death Before Decaf, has opened its doors on Brunswick Street, and is serving up coffee 24/7. Yep, you read correctly. Those in need of a 3am caffeine fix are no longer resigned to the Seven Eleven, Death Before Decaf is Brisbane's only all-hours espresso bar. In case the coffee wasn't enough to get your pulse up, they also only play hardcore, metal, rap and hip hop. Gnarly.
Taking over from Cock-a-doodle Café on Enoggera Terrace, Plum Tucker is a licensed café, serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week (they do avo' on toast six ways. SIX WAYS), and open for dinner and drinks on Friday and Saturday nights. They also cater for all your food intolerances, from the trendy to the traditional (read: paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vego', and dairy-free).
Samson and Sophie Cafe
Samson and Sophie Cafe has arrived in Newstead, joining the ranks of brother and sister cafes Alcove in Wilston and Esher St. Café Deli in Tarrangindi. This deli café slashie will be stocking the pantries and lining the stomachs of the inner-city crowd with ease, providing gourmet goodies, freshly bakes treats, and breakfast and lunch options.
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