Suburb Spotlight: Clayfield & Albion

Suburb Spotlight: Clayfield & Albion

What’s what in the 4010 and 4011.

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 14th January 2020

We’re shining the suburb spotlight on these inner north-eastern haunts with plenty of eats, pampering and play. Love your locks, reel in a catch or put the fun in function in the suburbs that have it going on! Here's the ultimate guide to Clayfield and Albion.

From Ship To Shore | Clayfield Seafood Markets

There’s plenty of fish in the sea and Clayfield Seafood Markets know them best. Casting their anchor at the bustling Clayfield Markets on Brisbane’s northside, they are local seafood experts and have become a top destination for all things fresh and cooked Australian seafood.

Owner Nick Copping and manager Adam Smith changed the tides three years ago when they breathed new life into their little shop through a complete refit and rebrand. The new and improved Markets now focus on supplying fresh and sustainable Australian seafood that is boned and filleted on site to restaurant quality standards. They want their customers to enjoy their seafood as soon as possible rather than having to go home and do additional prep work before they can start cooking. The extra effort has more than paid off, because Clayfield Seafood Markets has been recognised as one of Australia’s Best Seafood Shops placing in the top 10 in the 2019 Australian Fish and Chip Awards and the 2018 Qantas Magazine.

They receive fresh deliveries direct from Australian fisherman six days a week to support their ethos of sourcing local, consistent high-quality seafood that they know customers want. From serving their Newstead Amber Ale Battered Cod, gourmet burgers or providing all the seafood goods for your Christmas or Easter, the Clayfield Seafood Markets chefs make everything from scratch to ensure they deliver the best quality, helping them make waves as a Brisbane northside favourite.


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Endless Possibilities | Infinity Hair

Friends for nine years, Chantal and Monique are the brains behind Infinity Hair – a close-knit team of highly skilled stylists in a salon where consistency in quality and staff is key. Chantal has been in the industry for ten years and is responsible for bringing on-trend know-how to the salon year after year through attending Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica and attending both Melbourne and Sydney fashion weeks in the last four years. “I love long hair and experimenting with different techniques and looks,” she says. “Coming back from fashion week is always inspiring because I try to find ways to implement the styles in the salon.”

Complimenting each other beautifully, Monique is the resident colour specialist armed with the best luxury brands and her incredible foiling technique. She is no stranger to the business either, with 15 years in the industry and recently being chosen to represent Goldwell to help launch their new colour range Ellumen Play. She’s a big believer in blondes having more fun. “Lived in blonde is a trend that won’t go away anytime soon,” she says. “Trends like soft pastels that you think are on the way out have come back stronger through the influence of singer Billie Eilish, and fashion influencer Margaret Zhang.”

Over the years they’ve seen trends come and go, and Chantal currently loves the curtain fringe inspired by the 60’s and 70’s as well as wet looks, whether it being a sleek ponytail or that caught in the rain-textured style.

So, why Albion? “We love Albion, we chose here because the salon ticked three important boxes for us, an up and coming inner city suburb, great little cafés and restaurants close by and free customer parking!”


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Fun In Function | Ruggers Restaurant

Whether you want 10 guests or 400, Ruggers will make sure your event kicks off. This family restaurant and bar can cater to any function type whether it’s a corporate function, birthday party or large-scale event like a fete or market. Owner Matt and his highly skilled team can provide anything from canapés to buffet style catering and with a location an easy ten minutes away from the Valley and CBD, Ruggers offers a delicious à la carte restaurant menu open Wednesday-Sunday 11.30am-11pm.


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Go Rogue | Rogue Hair

Don’t let your hair grow rogue but go rogue with the talented stylists at Rogue Hair Salon who will exceed customer expectation to help you look and feel your best. A boutique salon with a family feel, Rogue Hair can provide on-trend, designer-style cuts and colours specialising in coppers and bridal up-dos. The salon boasts over 30 years of international hairdressing experience between stylists and offers Afterpay so whether you want a conditioning treatment or an elegant look for a special event, you’ll be safe at Rogue.


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Article by Dinushka Gunasekara

Notorious for turning a random encounter into a three-hour conversation and running across streets to pat a dog, Dinu is a curious girl who loves a good story. Her extensive knowledge of Donald Glover is yet to come to good use and she would do basically anything for a hash brown. Catch her bombarding her friends with articles she thinks they should read or spending way too much time creating the perfect playlist.


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