Your Guide To The Best Spots In Brisbane's CBD: The Heart Of Our City

Your Guide To The Best Spots In Brisbane's CBD: The Heart Of Our City

There’s so many gems within our beautiful city.

By Fiona Williams | 30th May 2019

No matter whether you’re a local or a newcomer to our beautiful city of Brisbane, there’s always something new to discover. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite things to do in the heart of Brisbane – the CBD. From delicious food and drinks to spa treatments and exercises classes, here’s the best the CBD has to offer.

BLACK HIDE BY GAMBARO AT TREASURY BRISBANE

 

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It’s been a big first 12 months for Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane. Since opening to great fanfare in June
 2018, the luxury steak restaurant has won accolades from many of the country’s toughest food critics and established itself as one of Brisbane’s best restaurants.

From being named Queensland’s best
 steak restaurant in The Courier-Mail’s 2018 Delicious 100 to being the restaurant of choice for the who’s who of Brisbane, Black Hide 
by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane is a dining experience not to be missed. In partnership with one of Queensland’s most celebrated names in hospitality, The Gambaro Group, Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane proudly uses world-class Australian steak produced by family-owned and integrated beef and cattle company, Stanbroke. The result? 
A luxurious feast for the senses with one
 of the most extensive selections of world-
class Australian Wagyu and Angus steak cuts, including two impeccable Wagyu cuts with a marble score of 9+.

So much more than just a steak restaurant, Head Chef Tom Mumford has also applied The Gambaro Group’s 60 years of award-winning seafood expertise into a selection of mouth-watering seafood dishes and a wide choice of tantalising share plates. From tender Moreton Bay Bugs with grilled broccolini and lemon caper butter to exquisite Cotechino with lentils and apple, Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane’s new winter menu hits all the right notes.

Overlooking the Brisbane River and within an easy stroll of the city’s arts and cultural South Bank precinct, the restaurant builds on its unbeatable location with a stunning and rich atmosphere blending intricate cutting-edge design with rich worldly charm. Explore Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane’s stunning yet intimate confines and you’ll discover its striking bar featuring gunmetal steel vertical fine detail highlighted by concealed LED lighting and black and white mosaic flooring. The perfect haunt to gather the ladies and sip a scrumptious Madame Rouge birthday cocktail before enjoying a meal to remember.

Black Hide By Gambaro At Treasury Brisbane
130 William St, Brisbane City
P 3306 8888
treasurybrisbane.com.au

SIMPLY LASER

 

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Owner and brow queen Leona Gallagher of Simply Laser has found a new home 
on Edward St, nestled amongst some of Brisbane’s most premium brands. “We’ve been helping our clients achieve confidence through beauty enhancements for five years now. It’s our turn to feel what a new aesthetic can do for our growth”, says Leona. The clinic will continue to offer popular services like laser hair removal, HD Brows, Microblading, Dermapen, DMK, chemical peels, LVL lashes and skin rejuvenation treatments within an impressive eight room fit-out.
The site will also be home to Medaco; 
a revolutionary injectables clinic alongside power duo, Dr Emma Swan and RN Aisling Watters. After reading the multitude of Google reviews, this passionate team of seven are delivering on customer service and results each and every time. Oh and did we mention skin bar? Yes, your beauty dreams have been answered.

Simply Laser
Level 4, 190 Edward Street, Brisbane City
P 07 3211 4785
simplylaser.com.au

A QUICK BOOST OF ENERGY

 

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Are you bored with your current approach to training? Are you looking for something new to mix it up? If so, it might be time
 to add some #F45 to your lifestyle. They’re no ordinary gym – they’re a community focused on offering you a unique training environment where you can hit your fitness goals! They like to keep things interesting at F45 and no two days are ever the same. Get out of your rut today! Clear your mind and give yourself that boost of energy you need to power through your day, at F45! If you would like to experience F45 for yourself, click here for your 14-day trial!

F45 Brisbane City Brisbane CBD
201 Charlotte St North Quay: 193 North Quay (Entrance On Herschel St), Brisbane City
P 0478 693 360
f45training.com.au/brisbanenorthquay

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

 

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For over 40 years, the Michael Hill brand has made it their goal to bring carefully curated collections to any occasion by crafting distinct and appealing jewellery that’s not only high quality, but also responsibly sourced. Their in-house master jewellers have been helping people mark the moments that matter with style and affordability.

With a divine and diverse wedding and engagement range, Michael Hill’s bridal collections offer a selection of brilliant styles to suit any buyer with flexible payment options making your dream purchase a reality. Many of their pieces are created in-house by their expert team of master jewellers – trained in one of the only retailer- led workshops in the world. Their talented designers and craftsmen are members of the responsible jewellery council and dedicated to making their craft yours to cherish forever.

If, like many brides to be, your Pinterest boards are full of dream jewels and perfect diamond settings, Michael Hill’s range is
sure to bring your perfect piece to life and symbolise your love, however it bestows. When picking the right rock to have and to hold, the team at Michael Hill understand your journey is just as unique as the carefully created pieces from their bridal collections.

From timeless to romantic, classic and avant-garde, there’s an array of styles to 
cater to every individual preference with the classic solitaire, vintage style, pear shaped, halo, side stone and cluster. But it’s not just diamonds that are a girl’s best friend (preach it Marilyn), with unique precious gemstones also available, showcasing brilliant options of warm morganite, cool sapphire and vibrant emeralds. Complete your ring with their range of bespoke options of precious metals to compliment your style with sterling silver, white, yellow or rose gold to accentuate your chosen stones.

When it comes to understanding that choosing a ring is a momentous occasion, the team at Michael Hill know that your choice is
 a precious one that will be treasured for years to come. In order to keep your ring shining as brightly as the first day you fell in love with it, Michael Hill offers customers a professional care plan and lifetime diamond warranty, giving you peace of mind your treasured items are taken care of.
So, when it’s time to start searching for
a ring that’s both beautiful and affordable, you’ll find the dream team of Michael Hill at their flagship QueensPlaza store until August when they will be relocating to a brand-new flagship store in Queen Street Mall. Featuring four levels, including one exclusively dedicated to bridal, this
new location will stock pieces from
their finest jewellery collections as
well as exclusive one-off pieces.

Michael Hill Queens Plaza
TGL-01, 226 Queen St, Brisbane City
P3012 8099
michaelhill.com.au

NEW SHANGHAI

 

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After a day of exploring the streets of the CBD, sit down and relax with some of Brisbane’s best Chinese. New Shanghai has two CBD locations, each tailoring to your specific needs. New Shanghai Brisbane is located on the lower ground level of QueensPlaza and the 1930s-style restaurant will transport you to the streets of Shanghai with their handmade, signature dumplings, noodles, pork buns and other authentic meals. You can marvel at the chef’s talent through the dumpling theatre, watching as they skillfully create your food.

Their second location in The Myer Centre food court is ideal for those grabbing a bite on the run. Perfect for 
a mid-week lunch break, this menu is specifically designed for those with a busy schedule. Traditional recipes and attention to every favour and aroma makes either of these locations the next stop on your CBD checklist.

New Shanghai Queens Plaza
LG23/226 Queen St, Brisbane City
P 3108 7652
newshanghai.com.au

HOWARD SMITH WHARVES

 

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Kick off your weekend with the perfect place to eat, drink, play and stay at Howard Smith Wharves (HSW). Transforming Brisbane’s historic site under the Story Bridge, the new lifestyle destination has revitalised this heritage listed landmark and turned it into a diverse, decadent and down to earth precinct.

Bring your yoga mat and start with a free community yoga class from 7-8am with Nina Lee, owner and founder of Sukhino. Post yoga, why not grab yourself a coffee and a bite to eat from the on-site coffee roastery? Next, indulge in a lovely long lunch at ARC Dining headed by Alanna Sapwell and then check into the brand new, five-star hotel on-site by Art Series, The Fantauzzo. Inspired by Australian painter Vincent Fantauzzo, the six-storey hotel boasts luxury and creativity on every level.

From there, nothing beats a laid-back afternoon of food, drinks and epic river views! HSW is
 hosting ‘Weekends on the Lawn’ every weekend from 1-8pm with live tunes, food trucks, drink carts, lawn games and a petting zoo. Finally, watch the sun go down on the deck at Mr Percival’s with a cocktail in hand or head to Felons Brewing Co. for a freshly brewed beer or an authentic wood- red pizza. Need a nightcap? Back to ARC Dining you go – this time to the Wine Bar where you’ll find an extensive list of wines curated by award winning Sommelier Ian Trinkle. Enjoy!

Howard Smith Wharves
5 Boundary St, Brisbane City
P 3188 9090
howardsmithwharves.com

MOTORWAGEN

 

Located on Adelaide Street, the Brisbane city hotspot, Motorwagen, has just launched a new a la carte and bar menu. With options for every palate from their gorgeous weekday breakfasts through to the quick bar lunch or a longer lunch with a bottle of wine from their impressive selection. Make a night of it on Fridays with live music on the terrace and a cocktail or craft beer in hand and then stay on for dinner. Perfect!

Motorwagen
300 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
P 3221 6264
motorwagen.com.au

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

 

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You will literally be on Cloud 9 at The Myer Centre with the launch of their seriously ‘grammable space. Better yet, you can be rewarded for getting the ultimate gram with a $50 gift card to win each week! Simply capture a creative Cloud 9 shot, upload to Instagram, tag @themyercentre and hashtag #MyerCentreCloud9. Running daily on
 Level 2 near Best & Less from 10am-5pm until the end of August. Ends 31/8/19 5pm AEST. T&Cs apply.

The Myer Centre
91 Queen St, Brisbane City
P 3223 6900
themyercentre.com.au

AN OASIS OF TOTAL RELAXATION

 

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Stretch out in the 22-metre heated lap pool and treat your muscles to a hot and cold magnesium plunge pool session. Sweat out the flu-blues in the Turkish steam room 
and Finnish dry sauna, all with your own complimentary bath products, towel and locker, meaning you can spend the day and come and go as you please. Feel like a workout before a sauna session? Guests are welcome to train in the fully equipped health and fitness club, or simply choose to chill out in the Zen room and relax on a lounger, listening to soothing sounds using headphones.

The fully licensed Aquarius Spa Bar offers beer, wine, spirits and cocktails for those seeking refreshments; you can also purchase herbal teas, espressos, protein shakes and cold-pressed juices from the Organic Café. Calm your mind and body with a 60-minute hot oil relaxation massage from 7am to 9pm, Tuesday to Friday for only $89, or if it’s hydration you’re in search of during the cooler months, one of their signature facials is the perfect solution.

The rejuvenating Waterlily Spiced Maple Spa Facial is anti-ageing and brightening, featuring an intense 60-minute infusion of keratin, rich pumpkin and pure maple syrup layered in Omega serums – all for only $140. Have an event coming up? Why not celebrate and pamper yourself in our award winning, world-class luxury spa. Simply email or call and Aquarius will do all the work for you.

Aquarius Health And Medispa
Level 2, 70 Mary Street, Brisbane City
P 3003 4000
aquariushealthmedispa.com.au

BRILLIANTLY BESPOKE

 

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When it comes to selecting jewellery, you always hope to have an intimate and personal experience. Luckily, family owned and operated Robert White Jewellers know exactly how to bring their customers’ dreams to life. Whether it’s a small repair or a milestone purchase, the experienced team at Robert White Jewellers is here to help with every and any occasion, offering the best service and quality.

Robert White Jewellers
Brisbane Arcade, 11/160 Queen St, Brisbane City
P 3221 5948
robertwhitejewellers.com.au

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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.