The 20 Best Places To Eat, Shop, And Play In Bulimba

The 20 Best Places To Eat, Shop, And Play In Bulimba

Riverside living at its finest

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 12th November 2021

Sitting pretty on the banks of the Brisbane River, Bulimba’s breezy waterside ambience and warm community spirit takes the charm of village living and wraps it up in effortless convenience. Whether you’re strolling down Oxford Street with boutique bags in hand or stopping to pat one of the many pedigree pooches bouncing by, you’re sure to stumble upon a suite of delightful eateries, bars, or local haunts in this leafy suburban playground.

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Starfire Jewellery

Signifying the fiery brilliance of diamonds, Starfire recognises that the everlasting qualities and innate beauty of a diamond is the ultimate symbol of true love. The woman behind the diamonds and unique designs is founder Shweta Khan. As a jewellery designer and diamond specialist, her desire to bring one-of-a-kind pieces and the highest quality diamond cuts to life was a driving force to open Starfire Diamond Jewellery. Pairing a philanthropic nature with beautiful jewellery, Starfire’s vision is to create a unique piece that captures the fire within you.

Darvella Patisserie

Baked goods are in their finest forms with the talented bakers and pastry chefs at Darvella Patisserie. From hand-crafted cakes to pastries and selected delicatessen items inspired by the bakeries of Europe, everything is made in-house with the best local ingredients.

Wholly Crumpets

The humble crumpet becomes a culinary masterpiece at the hands of this talented crew. With new and exciting specials every weekend, stop in for leg ham, aged cheddar, sour pickles, and house mustard one day, then coddled egg mayo, truffle butter, bacon, iceberg lettuce, and tarragon sauce the next.

Temple Eyewear

With a clear vision to deliver the vision for Brisbane, this independent eyewear store has proven quality and expertise is worth looking for. Born to combine outstanding optical craftsmanship, superior technical knowledge, optometry, customer service is at the heart of Temple Eyewear. Each frame is handpicked to offer Brisbane a stylish collection and fitted with high performance lenses sourced in Queensland. Featuring distinctive independent brands, they’re devoted to finding eyewear as individual as you.

Crackerjack Toys

Our favourite toy shop just got bigger! Moving to the bustle of Oxford Street, Crackerjack Toys is now twice the size of its previous space to house its whimsical and wonderful curated selection of imaginative toys, dolls, dress-ups, books, gifts, games, and more. One walk by the window display and you’ll be dazzled by the arrangement of curious collections – perfect for pocket money spending, gifts, or even something educational. The best part? There’s something for every budget, personality, or occasion.

Vietnamese Mint

Before stepping foot inside Vietnamese Mint, you’ll be instantly transported to the warm shores and spectacular seascape of Hạ Long Bay in Vietnam. Recently renovating their culinary space to make room for local artist Jacqueline Hill (also known for her work at West End’s Who Shot The Barista), to work her magic on the mystical mural outside, the impressive brush strokes make the piece melt into the wall. Peel yourself always and treat yourself to a flavoursome menu of special pho, char kway teow, seafood laksa, or garlic prawns, paired with their popular bubble tea.

Dogue

Treat your furry friends at Dogue – Bulimba’s luxury dog boutique and grooming service. Your pup is sure to be the best in show with the unique and quality collection here, filled with pamper packs, fashion, and plenty of toys. If you’re looking for a doggy makeover, the Dogue stylists are always striving for grooming excellence in a paw-fect environment.

Revel Brewing Co

Paying homage to Bulimba’s brewing heritage, Revel Brewing Co is the independent craft brewery and pizzeria at the heart of the community. Producing some of the finest craft beers, wood-fired pizzas, and authentic Italian hand-made pastas, the dog-friendly joint is bursting with flavour and personality.

Riverbend Books

From the smell of new pages to the laidback and cosy ambience, Bulimba’s iconic independent bookshop proves there’s no better place to be. Boasting an extensive range of classics and new releases alike, as well as an online store, don’t be surprised when you while away the day perusing the wooden shelves.

The Oxford Tap House

Oxford Street’s resident watering hole is packed with beers and bites to turn every occasion into a sesh. Dedicated to showcasing the best beer and cider that Australia and New Zealand has to offer, they also offer a tantalising wine selection and cocktails to pair perfectly with their share plates and burger menu.

LUNAMAY

Celebrating individuality and style, LUNAMAY specialises in affordable fashion essentials for the busy woman. With new arrivals landing weekly, LUNAMAY has outfits that can take you from desk to dinner and everywhere in between. If you live locally, you may have noticed the frequently changing window displays showcasing our favourite Aussie brands including Aperó, Hammill & Co, Staple The Label, Elliatt, and more. The ethos of this small but mighty boutique is to make fashion versatile and accessible for all women. Open seven days a week.

Rose Soiree

This groovy paint and sip lounge is the BYO hangout you and your pals need in your life. Bring a bottle of vino, your favourite cheese, and the team at Rose Soiree will do the rest in a step-by-step painting class that will have you all feeling like Mozart.

Balmoral Cineplex

Conveniently located in the heart of Oxford Street, this cineplex boasts six state-of-the-art cinemas screening the latest Hollywood films, plus new independent releases. With tickets a cheap $14 each, grab some popcorn and settle in for a movie night to remember.

Bellissimo Coffee

As Australia’s highest awarded coffee roasters, you know you’re in for a good cuppa here. The recently renovated Bulimba joint offers all-day breakfast and lunch neighbouring the Brisbane River, so you can start your day the right way with the perfect brew and feel-good meal.

Bulimba Dermatology

As a long-term resident in the area, it made sense for dermatologist Dr Scott Webber to establish a specialist laser and cosmetic dermatology practice on his home ground. Having been established for over five years now, the team has grown rapidly, cementing their place as a leader in laser and cosmetic skin rejuvenation. The experienced dermatologists, dermatology nurses, and aestheticians are dedicated to identifying and addressing their patients’ skin concerns, bringing fresh enthusiasm to personalised, tailored skincare.

Il Molo Italian Kitchen + Bar

Stroll your way down the Bulimba boardwalk and find yourself at the Italian eatery locals adore. Whether you’re looking for a long lunch or aperitivo hour, the handmade pastas, woodfired pizzas, and carefully curated wines at Il Molo will be sure to make you say ‘mamma mia’ every day of the week.

Melrose

This Indonesian and Thai inspired rooftop restaurant will whisk you away from the hustle and bustle to a flavour paradise! Head Chef Arte Assavakavinvong takes fresh Australian produce and turns up the heat, with all the sauces and curry pastes made by hand. Pair it with the unique cocktails and you’re sure to feel like you left Bulimba for Bali.

Nom Nom Natural Gelato

With many customers claiming that Nom Nom’s gelato is just as good as those in Italy, this is Bulimba’s sweetest treat. With dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free options available, their wide range of flavours follow home recipes handcrafted from the highest quality of ingredients. Our pick? The salted pistachio, bueno, or the soy-based crème brûlée.

The Source Bulk Foods

Born from the belief that good quality food shouldn’t cost the earth and that a smaller carbon footprint can be achieved each time we shop, The Source Bulk Foods Bulimba is your locally owned whole food grocer, stocking everything from nuts and cereals to cleaning products and confectionary. If you’ve got a foodie or an eco-warrior in your family, check them out for gift inspo! Our faves are their recipes in a jar, handmade soaps, and mouth-watering chocolate range.

Preah Love Cosmetic Tattoo

As a business centred around a ‘less is more’ philosophy, Preah Love Cosmetic Tattoo is made up of a passionate team of women who are renowned for their expert services in eyebrow tattooing, lip blush tattooing, and scalp micro pigmentation. With a loyal clientele reigning from all corners of Australia, Preah Love has gained a cult following for emulating the perfect brow, customising each treatment to suit each unique individual.

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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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