Let’s Go! Here Are 19 Things To Do In Ashgrove, Bardon, And The Gap
The west is callingBy Stamatina Notaras | 20th October 2023
Wander to the west of the city and you’ll find a neighbourhood that really does have it all. Let’s reintroduce you to the bustling suburbs of Ashgrove, Bardon, and The Gap, where you can indulge in pampering and retail therapy with heart-warming eats and quaint wine bars around the corner.
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The Brow & Skin Studio
Sometimes all you need is a mid-week pick-me-up, and we have just the place to visit. The Brow & Skin Studio has been beautifying the women of Ashgrove for almost two decades. Here, you will find all you need to perfect your skin. The oxygeneo treatment will rejuvenate, exfoliate and oxygenate your skin for younger looking skin, and the recently introduced Go and Glow facial will leave your skin looking glowy and radiant almost instantaneously. No matter how you walk in, The Brow & Skin Studio offers services such as lash lifting, tinting and sculpting, and facial waxing to keep you looking fresh faced and beautiful.
Corn Street Cafe
Transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean and South America with a visit to Corn Street Cafe. The vibrant cafe takes inspiration from its owners’ origin countries, Ecuador and Turkey, but with an Aussie twist. Tuck into favourites like smashed avo, acai bowls, pollo a la brasa, lamb skewers with apricot and pistachio couscous, mint labneh, and breakfast tacos. Planning an event? Corn Street Cafe also accommodates private functions – speak to one of their friendly staff members to coordinate yours!
The Gap Village Shopping Centre
The Gap Village Shopping Centre is your one-stop shopping destination where everything you need is right here under one roof. Explore the latest trends in fashion, beauty, and home decor, source the freshest seafood, meats, and produce, complete your weekly grocery run and treat your taste buds to the finest takeaway delights that The Gap has to offer.
Make Element Boutique, located in The Gap Village Shopping Centre, your first port of call the next time you’re on the hunt for a new show-stopping outfit. The beloved women’s boutique offers a beautiful collection of fashion that will suit just about any occasion. Choose from a variety of Australian and New Zealand labels including Brave + True, Verge or Goondiwindi Cotton, and lifestyle labels such as Ruby Yaya and Lula Soul, to name a few.
Olivia Rogers Orthodontist
Dr Olivia Rogers knows all too well how important a pearly white smile can be. A whiter, brighter smile can help you feel happier, more confident, and more approachable. However, achieving the perfect smile starts and ends with the best orthodontic care. Located in the bustling hub of The Gap Village Shopping Centre, Olivia Rogers Orthodontics is a specialist orthodontic practice that combines clinical precision with personal patient care. They use the latest technology and modern treatment modalities to provide customised orthodontic solutions for each patient. With Olivia Rogers Orthodontist, you can start your journey to a healthier smile today.
Sonia Jones Travel
Craving a getaway? Whether you’re dreaming of a European summer or been wanting to explore the great Aussie outdoors, pay a visit to Sonia Jones Travel. This boutique full-service travel agency will take the guesswork out and tailor a plan specifically for you. They can book everything from airfares and accommodation to cruises and tours. The Sonia Jones Travel team also work with corporate clients, from individual business travel through to a full suite of corporate travel management services – get in touch today to see how they can assist.
Arcade Wine Brisbane
There are many wine bars in and around Brisbane, but few can compare to Arcade Wine in Ashgrove. The authentic Italian wine bar, which was recently nominated as one of the top 20 wine bars in Brisbane, is broken up into two food offerings: a cosy lounge bar and a bottle shop. Its impressive selection of handpicked quality wines is only elevated by its house-made cicchetti (small plates) offerings. You can sample wines from regions such as Tuscany, Puglia, Sicily, and Emilia-Romagna to name a few, and dig into menu items like hand-cut roasted potatoes with house-made paprika mayo, homemade sourdough served with whipped burrata, Cantabrian anchovies and basil pesto, and homemade mushroom arancini paired with truffle and parmesan sauce – divine!
La Belle Vie
With superb food and wine, great service, and phenomenal views of the lush Bardon landscapes, La Belle Vie is true to the name ‘the beautiful life’. The French restaurant and bar is already leading the way in the Brisbane fine dining scene. Classics like creme brulee, escargot cooked with garlic and butter, and steak frites grace the menu, wine bottles line the walls, and soft music plays in the background. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed authentic dining experience, or planning a special event, La Belle Vie is a French masterpiece you have to try. Ps, they also make a great wedding venue!
Craving an authentic Neapolitan pizza experience? Look no further than Alessio’s Pizza. Your taste buds will sing when you bite into a mouth-watering pizza that has been made using the traditional techniques and flavours of Naples. Their team of highly-skilled pizzaiolos (pizza makers) hand stretch each pizza dough, creating that signature thin, chewy crust that Neapolitan pizza is renowned for. Paired with only the freshest ingredients, there’s a reason why Alessio’s Pizza is known as one of the best pizza joints in Brisbane. Choose from classics such as margherita, pepperoni, and tropical, or browse their deluxe pizza range and tuck into favourites like prosciutto e rucola, quattro formaggio, and diavola. There’s always room for dessert, especially when it comes in the form of a cream-filled cannoli or gelato by the tub.
Cakes by Judy C
There’s nothing too big or too small for the team at Cakes by Judy C. The boutique cake shop is renowned for its incredible designs and attention to detail and offers cakes for various occasions like corporate functions, birthday parties, and weddings. You can also pick up a selection of delicious cakes, slices, and biscuits from their cake cabinet from Monday to Saturday. The next time you have an event, be sure to swing past Cakes by Judy C in Ashgrove to see how they can help you.
When it comes to creating beautiful, enviable hair, Urban Chic in Ashgrove is leading the way. The multi award-winning boutique hair salon prides itself on providing the ultimate hairdressing experience for women and men with their wealth of knowledge on the latest trends, techniques, and the very best products. The salon offers everything from blow dries and up-styling to Keratin smoothing and hair extensions. They are also experts when it comes to colourwork and are known for their balayage and blondes. With 18 years under their belt, you can rest assured your mane is in good hands.
Dealing with muscle soreness? Or just need a little more zen in your life? Zen Acupuncture provides a holistic approach to healing. Located in the heart of Ashgrove, the clinic’s main interests lie in traditional Chinese medicine, dietary therapy, cupping, moxa, electro-acupuncture, orthopaedic acupuncture, as well as traditional acupuncture. Dr Owlen Bishop, who owns the clinic, has a special interest in sports recovery and chronic pain management and has found that combining her traditional Chinese medical education with modern acupuncture techniques provides a well-rounded and balanced treatment. She also likes to combine elements of mindfulness and meditation to result in a better overall outcome. So, if you are looking to add a little zen in your life, give the clinic a call and see how Dr Owlen can help you.
Gerbino’s Bakery has been treating the taste buds of Ashgrove locals and those from beyond for two decades. You can get your hands on a selection of baked goods such as cakes, cannolis, fresh bread, biscotti, and gluten free goods. If you need to feed the masses, or have an event in need of treats, you can contact the team and get them to cater it all for you!
Mistress on Moore
Mistress on Moore’s all-day breakfast menu allows for longer sleep-ins and happy patrons. You can bask in the sunlight with a savoury muffin in hand or sink your teeth into an avo smash with feta and dukkha on Turkish bread. The locally-loved cafe also houses pots, plant-care products, hampers, artisan ware and fare, and more in the retail section.
The Junk Bar
As Brisbane’s original speakeasy, The Junk Bar has perfected the art of a good night out. Settle into the vintage couches with one of their famous cocktails in hand, as a hand-picked vinyl soundtrack sets the tone into the midnight hours.
The Bardon Shed
When grocery shopping at The Bardon Shed, you will always leave with bags full of fresh and quality produce, goods from the bakery, butcher-quality cuts of meat, and delicatessen products. As well as items to make your at-home meals restaurant tasty, The Bardon Shed also offers pre-made meals, and fresh salads for an on-the-go pick-me-up.
This quaint cafe is a suburban gem that continues to fuel Bardon folk with hearty dishes and soul-soothing brews. Good Folk not only has perfected the avo on toast by pairing it with Persian feta, savoury almond pistachio crumb, and pickled onion, but their menu offers a blend of both vegetarian and meat-loving dishes. You can savour your meal in the garden or take a seat in its cosy interiors. Make Good Folk your new local (even if you’re not one).
Blind Tiger’s range of 100-strong boutique gins, craft beers, and fine wines is what makes it stand out in a city bursting with bars. Each sip has been chosen to elevate the Euro-Asian-inspired menu. The selection of shared plates was curated so you can taste it all including Portuguese chicken skewers, battered fish tacos with pico de gallo, lemon and chipotle mayo, and karaage chicken, pork belly or mushroom bao buns. For the hungry folk, get into a pizza, a parmy or mains of Nepalese dahl, Thai beef salad, and cult-classic bangers and mash.
Born from a love of food and a passion for flavour, bakehouse and cafe Happy Days is backed by a tight knit team of food lovers who sell freshly baked goods, salads, sandwiches, salads, and cakes. But, you may also find them out and about feeding folk at events and corporate catering, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea.