Hipster hot spots

Hipster hot spots

It’s official. Brisbane is Australia’s ‘hippest city’ – at least according to travel bible, Lonely Planet and now men's mag GQ. Our Brisbane-based contributors nominate their favourite spots making our city the envy of all others.

By Lucy Stephens | 31st January 2014

From the thriving restaurant scene, to bars, cafes and the plethora of underground live music venues - Brisbane has come a long way from it's 'big country town' tag.

While it's something we've always known, Brisbane is now considered 'cool' by opinion-makers outside of our fair city, with both travel bible Lonely Planet and men's fashion mag GQ giving us their stylish stamp of approval.

For ex-Masterchef contestant, TV personality and all-round foodie Alana Lowes, it’s the abundance of vibrant eateries and bars smack-bang in the middle of suburbia that makes her home town hip.

“I love the hub of coffee shops dotted along La Trobe Terrace in Paddington. By day they’re serving specialty coffee, but come Friday and Saturday night, the wine and beer bottles pop.  A favourite is The Rogue Rennard; as the sun dips, the buzz of the coffee machine softens, and out comes limited-run French wines and boutique beers. I also love to share dishes of chicken liver parfait, witlof salads and fromage platters.

“It’s also just a short high-heel teetering walk to home!”

For beauty writer Kellie Alderman, it’s something a little more left of centre.

"I think what makes Brisbane hip is the unique places it has on offer, and Yatala Drive-In is one of our city’s most original and unique places. From the 1950s Americana-themed diner to the fun of sitting outdoors in your car, kids in their pyjamas, to watch a movie - it is such a different experience to being in a stuffy, anonymous cinema."

"It’s a great family destination as kids can get comfy in the back seat or if you have a 4WD, you can reverse into the car space, pop the back and turn the boot into a mini bed. It is also a great date destination where you can live out your Sandy and Danny from Grease fantasy.  The drive-in has regular nostalgia nights where people come in their classic cars and dress-up in 1950s outfits."

"It’s one of those so-uncool-its-cool kind of destinations where you are always guaranteed to have a fun night out."

Social photographer Mary Dickinson reveals a penchant for more artistic ventures. Her favourite pastime is getting lost among the incredible installations and exhibitions at QAGoMA – an amalgamation of The Queensland Art Gallery, and the Gallery of Modern Art, and one of the most visited galleries in Australia.

“The exhibitions are incredibly diverse and educational and brought in from all parts of the globe, including emphasis on our own Australian art and culture,” she says.

“QAGoMA makes its exhibitions fun to visit, children are encouraged to attend and there’s always a child’s activity space that usually has as many adults as children. The creativity here is contagious."

"Some of the standout shows have been the Easton Pearson Retrospective in 2009 and Valentino in 2010. I always leave on a high, stepping out onto the banks of the river and thinking how much I love this city of mine!”

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Article by Lucy Stephens

Lucy Stephens is a Senior Digital Journalist and Content Strategist at Style Magazines. She's a travel addict, considers gelato an appropriate meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner (salted caramel, preferably), and suffers from a moderate to severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out).