Stretching along the river in West End, Orleigh Park is an idyllic and peaceful place to relax and recline. Lush green grass, giant shady trees and spacious picnic tables, as well as barbecuers, picnicers, dog walkers and joggers make it an ideal place to people-watch. It also attracts keen anglers, as the nearby water is home to rainbow perch, catfish and the infamous Brisbane river bull sharks. The Moreton Bay fig trees here are beautiful and provide plenty of shade on those scorching Brisbane summer days.
A flower shop and art gallery, Hanasho is a work of art in itself. The stencil art, pottery pieces, bamboo sculptures and handmade stuffed toys found here are simple and stunning. There are lovely paintings as well as intricately carved wooden blocks adorning the walls, and an array of handbags, trendy lamps and cute crockery pieces are also available for purchase. A lot of the uniqueness of this place comes from the Japanese influences abounding throughout the venue. Hanasho also supports and showcases the work of local artists, and regularly hosts exhibits of their screen prints, ceramics, sculptures and jewelry.
5/ 235 Boundary St West End Queensland 4101 Australia +61 7 3844 2777
Avid Reader is an independent bookstore and a top spot to source some captivating literature in West End. Regular book clubs are held here for those interested in partaking in some passionate book discussion, and there is a huge variety of work available for purchase, incorporating everything from literary classics to modern reads. Avid Reader actively supports the careers of local writers, and often hosts readings and book signings.
193 Boundary St West End Queensland 4101 Australia +61 7 3846 3422
Davies Park Market
Davies Park Market is a popular Saturday market held from about 6am until around noon right on the river. There are many stalls selling a variety of local goods here, including a delicious mixture of diverse foods. A top spot to really experience the vibrancy of West End life, traverse the stalls early here and you may be able to pick up a bargain on some Aboriginal artwork or vintage clothing.
Montague Rd West End Queensland 4101 Australia +61 7 3844 2440
Archive Beer Boutique
Archive Beer Boutique houses the largest number of beer taps and the biggest variety of ale bottles in the area. The main drinking space here is extremely homely and features comfy couches, bar stools, rustic tables and pool tables. The range of craft beer is ginormous, and the rib fillet served with a delectable garlic alioli is a top menu pick.
100 Boundary St West End Queensland 4101 Australia +61 7 3844 3419
By Christina Nhu