Your Guide To Brisbane City With The 22 Best Things To Do
Hey, city slickerBy Dinushka Gunasekara | 9th December 2022
Call us bias, but we think Brisbane City is a pretty swell place to be. As a treasure trove of shopping, dining, and experiences waiting to be had, the central district of our fair River City takes riverside living to the next level.
Let’s show you around town! Here are favourite shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment precincts, and more in Brisbane City.
By the way, we consider everyone in this list the best of the best! To make finding your next favourite that much easier, we’ve ordered the list alphabetically by suburb and also have filtering tabs for your convenience. Did we miss someone from the list? Let us know here! Hide the form
- Brisbane CBD
- North Brisbane
- East Brisbane
- South Brisbane
- West Brisbane
- Gold Coast
- Sunshine Coast
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As one of the city’s leading diamond engagement ring jewellers, this team of dedicated jewellery professionals will make sure your every need is met. From custom and ready-to-wear engagement rings to wedding and eternity bands and fine jewellery, there’s something for everyone. Embracing contemporary techniques and designs, while also maintaining a strong connection and appreciation for traditional methods, book an appointment today to experience the difference.
Banc Brasserie & Wine Bar
Take a trip to France with a night out at this refined wine bar and delectable eatery situated right in the heart of the city. With its architectural-designed setting, expansive ceilings, and sensational vino made to be sipped, savoured, and enjoyed, this heritage bank-turned-bar needs to be at the top of your must-try list.
When it comes to high-quality pens, watches, jewellery, bags, and leather goods, Montblanc is your go-to. The luxe accessory brand is renowned for their impeccable attention to detail, making each piece with the intention to keep it handed down for generations to come. They also drop collections and collaborations, allowing their fine craftsmanship to reach a variety of niches.
As *the* place to shop, Wintergarden truly has it all. Update your wardrobe at COS, brush up your skincare collection at Mecca Maxima, get your caffeine fix at Nespresso, or level up your sweat sesh with gear from Lululemon.
High fashion flyers will know QueensPlaza like the back of their hand, with residents like Aje, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Paspaley, and more calling this precinct home. All that shopping work up an appetite? Grab a bite at Stanton Cafe and Bar or dig into yum cha at Longtime to fuel you up.
This heritage-listed shopping centre has been home to Queensland’s royalty of fashion and jewellery designers since 1924 – think couture fashion, expert tailors, and memorable shopping experiences. Steeped in history and timeless elegance, the arcade is where you’ll find bespoke retailers and designers as well as specialty high tea venues.
The Myer Centre
Boasting six floors of retail therapy, The Myer Centre is brimming with specialty stores to keep you busy – more than 130 in fact! With Queensland’s largest Myer department store, The Myer Centre also has easy parking so you can take your time to shop ‘til you drop.
Rothwell’s Bar & Grill
Eat well and drink well at Rothwell’s. This timeless bar and grill is made for whiling away hours over a long lunch, sipping cocktails within intimate dining moments, and digging into divine European fare finessed with the finest technique.
Death & Taxes
Find the Grim Reaper and you’ll be rewarded with one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets – an intimate whisky bar pouring up the goods. With over 1,000 spirit bottles on display, sip back, relax, and let Death & Taxes show you how it’s done.
This five-star hotel is a haven for relaxation for tourists and locals alike. Featuring a heated rooftop infinity pool, refined comfort food awaits you at Lennons Restaurant and Bar or celebrate Queensland’s vibrant lifestyle with a side of nostalgia at the gorgeous Hibiscus Room.
This Harry Seidler-designed hotel is a treat for all the senses! Dive into the outdoor pool, ace it on the tennis court, or dine the evening away at Vintaged Bar + Grill, specialising in seasonal Australian produce.
Decked out in old world opulence, Treasury sits right on the pulse of Brisbane’s electric nightlife. Your itinerary here will look a little something like this: non-stop excitement in the 24-hour casino, thrilling live entertainment, tantalising restaurants and bars, plus a whole lot more!
300 George Street is a world-class precinct with fine food, indulgent experiences, and an energy that will pull you back again and again. Suit up at Wil Valor, dine on excellence at Three Blue Ducks, or kick back in style at W Brisbane.
If Sichuan flavours and authentic Cantonese cuisine sounds like your kind of party, then pull up a seat at Donna Chang. A favourite amongst many Brisbane foodies, the very best local ingredients come together to create inspired dishes that excite.
For the taste of the Amalfi Coast on Eagle Street, look no further than Massimo. The exquisite menu features house-made pasta and focaccia alongside ocean-caught seafood and farm fresh meat, with a stunning view on the side to boot.
Opa Bar + Mezze
Celebrate the delicious tastes of Greek cuisine at this riverside locale! Get set for a spread of oysters, taramasalata, calamari, saganaki, moussaka, lamb shoulder share plates, and so much more.
Bringing timeless charm to downtown Brisbane, this impressive steakhouse provides the ultimate dining experience. Sourcing the best grain-fed beef to ensure they serve the most superior steak, the bar is also worth a visit, with classic cocktails, stunning wines, and high-end spirits.
Eclectic and charming, this boutique hotel serves as a rendezvous of revelry. Paying homage to the building’s prestige, wind your way through tiny treasures to luxury accommodation or grab a martini at the sophisticated bar.
Howard Smith Wharves
Brisbane City’s playground of food, fun, and frivolity is where you embrace life to its fullest. Howard Smith Wharves is an ever-evolving dining and entertainment destination beneath the Story Bridge, with an incredible line-up of bars, restaurants, and more made to be enjoyed under the glorious Queensland sun.
Museum of Brisbane
This hub reflects Brisbane’s histories and contemporary cultures through breathtaking exhibitions and beautiful art. Housed inside Brisbane City Hall, the purpose-built gallery puts our city in the spotlight for all to enjoy.
Arguably Brisbane CBD’s best live music and party bar, this underground haunt certainly knows its way around a good night. Accessed by a secret laneway door, whether you’re tucked into the wooden booth or cutting shapes on the dancefloor, you’re in for an occasion that will be one for the books.
Felix For Goodness
Looking for a good feed? Felix For Goodness is a casual all-day cafe with an eclectic menu made with locally sourced ingredients. Delivering in both taste and vibes, you can’t go wrong with their popular falafel dish that’s good for both the stomach and the soul.