How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

Fortitude Valley | © Anthony Lister/Flickr
Fortitude Valley | © Anthony Lister/Flickr
Photo of Alice Duffield
27 June 2017

Brisbane has a bit of a reputation for being a sleepy town. Don’t let that fool you though – we have some fantastic attractions, food, great shopping and the best weather around. Make sure to arrive on an empty stomach and bring your sunscreen!

Brisbane River | © Lenny K Photography/Flickr


Start your day by utilising one of Brisbane’s beautiful walking routes.


Nodo | Teneriffe

If you’re gluten intolerant but still a massive foodie, this place is for you. GF waffles, donuts and pulled meat burgers are their jam, and they do them well. For the dairy intolerant, we recommend an iced coffee with almond milk.

1 Ella St, Newstead, Brisbane, Australia +61 07 3852 2230


Queensplaza | © Visit Brisbane/Flickr

James Street | New Farm

This place is a mecca for fashionistas. Here you will find mega stores like David Jones and Pottery Barn, to independent boutiques such as Gorman, Calexico and Sass and Bide.

James Street, New Farm, Brisbane, Australia

Latrobe & Given Terraces | Paddington

Paddington has everything from brilliant local designers and manufacturers, to the best of Brisbane’s vintage and antique stores. Take your time to stroll down this long terrace.


Gerard’s Bistro | New Farm

Bistro, Restaurant, Middle Eastern, $$$
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Gerard's Bistro
Gerard's Bistro | © Brisbane Joinery and Shop-fitting /Flickr

Gerard’s has a reputation for consistently good service and quality food. They are also brilliant at pairing wines and delicious tapas if you’re after a lighter option.


Explore | West End

Wander down West End’s main streets (Vulture and Boundary). Visit SWOP for vintage, The Happy Cabin for gifts and fashion and Avid Reader for books and a cuppa.

Lane Ways | Fortitude Valley

The lane ways in Brisbane are a somewhat new addition. Bakery Lane (not just bakeries) and Winn Lane are definitely worth a visit with sweet little boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Try I Heart Brownies for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Fortitude Valley | © Anthony Lister/Flickr



Dinner at Stokehouse | South Brisbane

Perfect riverside dining that is outstanding every time. These guys are all about a relaxed and youthful environment while also providing an experience pretty close to fine dining.

Sidon St, South Brisbane, Australia +61 07 3020 0600

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar | Brisbane City

Bar, Restaurant, Australian, European, Vegetarian, Wine, Beer
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Another one with great views of the Story Bridge and river. There are a few select restaurants in Brisbane’s city that have a view like this and it’s definitely a treat. This one isn’t a ‘cheap eat’ by any means, but worth the investment.


South Bank | © missenowak/Flickr

Mister Fitz | Fortitude Valley and East Brisbane

Ice cream sandwiches are Mister Fitz’ speciality. Our warning would be to take a friend because these can be a bit too much for just one person. You may want to do this pre-nightcap and wash the sweetness overload down with something strong.

1 Little St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia +61 1300 577 834

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