Picture Pefect: Take A Stroll Through A Fave BNE ‘Burb, New Farm

Picture Pefect: Take A Stroll Through A Fave BNE ‘Burb, New Farm

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By Fiona Williams | 21st July 2021

How many weekends have you spent frolicking around New Farm Park, waltzing down Brunswick Street for a new find, taking in the views on a river walk or catching up for
a coffee amongst the leafy streets of this inner-city pocket? It never gets old!

Sure, it’s one of Brisbane’s most affluent suburbs, but it’s no wonder. New Farm is surrounded by the Brisbane River on three sides and has spectacular views over the city – making it one of the most exciting places to eat, play, or stay!

New Farm Antique Centre

Stroll past the emerald canopy shaded entrance of this red brick warehouse and you might not have even guessed the timeless treasures stocked within. That’s right, we’re talking about New Farm Antique Centre! Wander down the rabbit hole the moment you step inside as you set your sights on an ever-rotating display of goodies including French chandeliers, Persian rugs, antique furniture, preloved fashion, and plenty more. With a loyal community of shoppers, husband-and-wife-duo, Adrian and Hawaiki, are passionate about preserving historical pieces that take us back to another time. Open seven days.

Atama Holistic Head Spa & Salon

Australia’s first combined Japanese-style head spa and salon, right here in New Farm. If the question, “What is a head spa?” comes to mind, you’re not alone. Being the first of its kind in Australia, atama is a unique boutique hair salon waiting for you to discover the popular Japanese beauty technique that promises luscious hair and serene self-care.

Through nourishment and treatment of the scalp, hair, and skin, atama owner, Gabriel, believes it’s the most important part of a salon visit. While travelling through Japan and receiving training in head spa treatments (which combine blissful relaxation and head massage with moisturising and enriching hair treatments), Gabriel is also a first-class hairstylist and colourist. One glance over her gallery of client’s luscious locks on her website or Instagram, and you’ll see why this technique boasts incredible results inside and out.

Only using natural, organic, and cruelty- free products, atama uses OWAY for hair and PHYT’S for skin. They’re also a part of the sustainable salons network, repurposing waste and diverting it from landfill. Their goal is to make salon waste a thing of the past and they’ve already taken the steps towards this by achieving green accreditation from the Australian Hairdressing Council. Each fortnight their salon waste is collected and sold for repurposing with all proceeds donated to charity. Now that’s calming!

Choose from a delightful head spa menu with facials, massage, and hot stone elements, or perhaps a salon appointment ranging from cuts, colours, foils, and
styling. Or get carried away with permanent straightening, anti-frizz treatments, and scalp lightening re-growth options. Their unique techniques highlight atama’s three tangible benefits of reducing hair loss, releasing tension headaches, and restoring mind-body balance. Step inside Gabriel’s bright and light space on James Street to discover the calming and peaceful head spa technique today.

Angel Aesthetics Clinic

Dull skin and the Angel Aesthetics Clinic: it’s a match made in heaven. Love the skin you’re in with the help of the cosmetic nurses inside this chic, New Farm clinic. Offering treatments for all anti-wrinkle areas, including forehead and frown lines, along with facial slimming and dermal filler treatments for lips, cheeks, jawline, temple, and more. Take a peek at their Instagram and you’ll see they are renowned for their lip filler transformations and total face rejuvenation packages – results that prove to be worth every penny.

JDC Property Group

With a professional yet personal approach to every client, it’s easy to understand how JDC Property Group has commanded the Brisbane property industry for years. Branching into body corporate as JDC Strata Services, this boutique agency specialises in property services, Strata management, and residential sales – their combined expertise and passion reflected in the referrals they receive from their valued clients. And just as the business continues to grow organically, so too does the team, as they welcome two new members and look to expand to a new space later this year.

Latex Mattress Australia

Sleeping so stylishly never came so easy. When you’re asleep for essentially a third of your life, the importance of a good mattress can’t be understated. Latex Mattress Australia offers the perfect solution to drift off into an effortless and uninterrupted sleep every night. The long-standing brand is recognised as the leading specialist in designing, manufacturing, and retailing pure latex mattresses. Their New Farm showroom highlights their luxurious range of mattresses designed to give each unique customer a restful and restorative sleep. An investment purchase you won’t regret, Latex Mattress Australia produces the highest independently rated, pure, and natural latex mattresses in Australia. Sourced from the Hevea Braziliensis rubber tree, the latex used is impurity-free and naturally hand-harvested from renewable, ecologically balanced plantations. Did you know that pure latex is ideal for asthma and allergy sufferers and supports general good health? It’s hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, anti-microbial, dust-mite and bed-bug resistant, and contaminants free. Their Pure Indulgence Latex Mattress – known as the Rolls Royce of mattresses – is a bespoke masterpiece, handcrafted with traditional techniques to ensure a night of deep, soothing sleep. Stop by the showroom today to test one out for yourself, after all, good sleep is worth the investment!

Himalayan Cafe

A taste of Nepal in New Farm! As soon as you step through the bright red doors of this cult favourite cafe, you’re overcome with the inviting smell of incense and the exotic mix of Nepalese spices being used in the kitchen! Everything from the soft glow lamps, plush cushions, folk music, and detailed textiles all amount to the exploratory experience to be had here.

The pleasure of traditional meals such as curries, stews, and soups make for a charming, authentic dining experience that doesn’t take itself too seriously. With an abundance of flavour-packed vegetarian and meat options, expand your palate with new and exotic combinations. For a true Himalayan Cafe experience, start with a serving of traditional homemade bread paired with a distinctive mint and yoghurt dipping sauce. When choosing a main, we recommend the New Tofu Organic, a creamy combination of coconut curry and cooked vegetables. Bring along a bottle of your favourite drop and indulge in a humble slice of Nepal, right here in New Farm.

Brisbane Powerhouse

The city’s premier arts destination, the Brisbane Powerhouse is as iconic to New Farm as the park is resides on. Standing tall on the riverbank of Brisbane City, this iconic building is known not only as one of our most beloved arts precincts, but also an integral part of our city’s history.

The faded red bricks of this pre-war industrial building make it clear the Powerhouse has long been a part of our story. What started as a bustling electricity plant was transformed into a cherished mecca for storytelling through art and culture. With over 1,250 live shows each year, there’s no denying Brisbane Powerhouse is a hub of activity! Comedy, dance, musicals, drag shows, and cabaret are just some of the amazing performances from both local and international acts you can expect to take the stage. Not to mention their two fabulous dining options, Bar Alto and Mary Mae’s Bar & Kitchen, where tasty food and delicious drinks can be consumed, making Brisbane Powerhouse the perfect all-rounder for a night on the town. This stunning piece of heritage architecture is also one of our city’s most popular for functions including weddings, birthdays, balls, and corporate parties. With the river on one side and the park on another, there’s no questioning why Brisbane Powerhouse is one of New Farm’s most adored spots.

Gertie’s Bar & Restaurant

Established in 1993, Gertie’s Bar & Restaurant stands as one of New Farm’s most cherished spots. Earning the love of the locals for good reason, Gertie’s invites a chilled crowd, perfect for those looking for a relaxed, casual cocktail and tasty bites with someone special. With their extensive range of beverages, plus wildly talented bartenders, their drinks are some of the best about town. Not to mention the authentic Latin American style tapas, ideal for sharing over some ambient lighting!

Vine Restaurant

Classic Italian flavours with a modern, sophisticated flair are exactly what you’ll get from a meal at Vine Restaurant. With owner and Michelin star chef Harry at the helm, this New Farm gem is renowned for the most exquisite plating and genius flavour combinations fine dining has to offer. Their new winter menu is one to add to the bucket list, or for a night of utter indulgence, check out their decadent degustation menu!

Spicers Balfour Hotel

Nestled amongst the bougainvillea trees of suburban New Farm, a stunning 110- year old Queenslander stands proud as not only an iconic Brisbane landmark, but also one of its most popular accommodation spots. Spicers Balfour Hotel is the answer for Brisbanites and out-of-towners alike who are looking for the ultimate urban escape. A welcoming inner-city sanctuary, this boutique guest house features nine suites over two floors, each exquisitely designed with a sleek, European sensibility. It’s the holiday haven right on our doorstep.

Decked out in beautifully subdued jewel tones as well as vintage and designer décor, there’s no mistaking the tranquil opulence that comes with a stay at Spicers Balfour Hotel. No expense was spared with each room furnished with lavish Italian bed linen, a Bose sound system, and a Nespresso coffee machine. Pooch parents can also rejoice as furry friends are most welcome with a plush dog bed and bowl readily available in two suites. This hotel is ideal for those craving a one-stop-shop type of stay. The award-winning Balfour Kitchen & Bar offering not only a stunning view of the city but also some of its best Vietnamese food.


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Article by Fiona Williams

Fiona is a Journalist and Food Writer who grew up in Adelaide. From Sydney to Brisbane to Canberra and now back to Brisbane, she now calls our wonderful city home. She’s a beauty fanatic obsessed with rose hip oil and she’s definitely made up of at least 80% dry shampoo. A lifelong campaigner against the word ‘good’, Fi (as she likes to be called) loves nothing more than using juicy adjectives and putting honey in her tea.


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