Uncover the best of West End’s quirky, alternative and vibrant offerings with our little black book of quality (and secret) services and venues.
Presenting Style’s awards for the best of West End:
BEST LOCAL HANGOUT: Lock’n’Load Bistro
Setting up shop 10 years ago, Lock’n’Load was the first of its kind in this part of town and has become a popular location for after-work drinks and functions alike. Experience performances from the best local bands in a bustling atmosphere, or relax and unwind in a lush courtyard – this hidden gem has it all.
BEST RESTAURANT: Chop Chop Chang’s
Whenever you visit Chop Chop Chang’s, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the heart of Thailand. A pan-Asian restaurant specialising in authentic Thai cuisine, Chop Chop Chang’s is home to aromatic curry pastes, dressings and sauces made from scratch; the majority of their fresh produce is sourced locally for an authentic street food-inspired feast.
BEST SUNDAY SESSION: London Fields
This relaxed and friendly gastropub draws inspiration from the “classic British public houses of yesteryear” and is the perfect location for your casual Sunday sesh. London Fields’ classic pub dishes feature a gourmet twist that perfectly matches the range of craft beers and boutique wines on offer.
BEST BREWERY: Brisbane Brewing Co
With live music from local musicians and a large range of dishes including meats, cheeses and delicacies, Brisbane Brewing Co certainly has a lot to offer. The highlight of this boutique craft beer brewery and bar is being able to watch and interact with the brewing process that happens right in front of you as you relax in the airy, green garden.
BEST CAKES AND TREATS: Cake & Bake
Brisbane’s favourite patissier, Jocelyn Hancock, is back with the highest quality produce and ingredients to deliver a taste sensation. Handmade tarts, cakes and pastries are only the beginning at Cake & Bake in West End.
BEST COFFEE: The Gunshop Café
The Gunshop Café is a must-visit for all coffee aficionados. Serving creamy Merlo coffee, this buzzing café sources all of its ingredients directly from local markets so you can indulge in a beautiful blend and some scrumptious fresh food.
BEST NOURISHING FOOD: Plenty
Craving a wholesome meal that taste as good as it looks, or after a quick healthy sandwich on the go? Plenty has got you covered. While currently showcasing products with organic intentions, they hope to one day build a kitchen for demonstrations and participation. Keep an eye on this one – they have Plenty of plans for the future.
BEST FRUIT STORE: Charlie and Liz’s Family Fruit Market
Eating healthy starts tomorrow, right? Charlie and Liz’s Family Fruit Market has exactly what you need. Best known for the plentiful produce on offer, this hidden treasure trove allows shoppers to pick up their weekly fruit and veg direct from local growers and farmers for a reasonable price.
BEST YOGA STUDIO: Core Yoga Studios
Delivering cutting-edge yoga to southern city dwellers for 13 years, Core Yoga believes that when you’re relaxed, healthy, fit and part of a supportive community, other aspects of your life become radiant. Core Yoga will ensure that you have the best progress and growth in your own yoga experience.
BEST FITNESS STUDIO: Studio 99 Fitness Centre
Summer bodies are made in winter, so make sure you pay a visit to the team at Studio 99. With specialised group classes, six-week challenges and a full-sized functional gym, this is the perfect place to work up a sweat.
BEST REFORMER PILATES STUDIO: Pondera Pilates
Trying to find balance in your life? Or maybe just looking for the motivation to exercise? Pondera Pilates’ reformer classes will help you achieve your goals. This is a complete rehabilitation and fitness opportunity designed to change the way your body moves.
BEST BURGERS: The Bleachers
There are just two burger options available at The Bleachers but these mouth-watering delights will keep you coming back time after time. You know what they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
BEST VENUE FOR DANCING: Rio-Rhythmics
Put the spring back in your step at one of Rio-Rhythmics’ authentic Latin dance classes. You’ll learn all the technical elements of how to salsa and samba while transforming your health and meeting some great new friends.
BEST FUN EXPERIENCE: Escape Hunt
Looking for a fun weekend activity? Let your imagination run wild and test your intelligence at Escape Hunt. In a race against time, you and your mates will try to escape a room using hidden clues.
BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT: Metrocity Realty
Metrocity aims to set the standard in property management and agent Bethany Hunter has a wealth of experience, understanding the challenges of owning an investment property and how important it is to have an experienced property manager by your side throughout the entire process. Unrivalled in service and honesty, Bethany takes pride in her work and sharing her knowledge.
BEST DEVELOPMENT: Pradella for Light+Co.
If you’re after a new modern space to satisfy all your interior design desires, your dream home could be waiting for you at Light+Co. apartments. Formerly the South Brisbane Gas & Light Company, Light+Co will bridge the gap between past and future with raw elements of the original structure and contemporary urban living elements.
BEST FURNITURE: Vast Interior
On the hunt for unique and sustainable furniture? Look no further than Vast Interior. Meticulously-created timber products will bring a sense of warmth and individuality to any part of your home.
BEST HOMEWARES AND GIFTS: Marcia's on Montague
The team at Marcia’s on Montague has got all your homeware needs covered. From stylish electrical appliances, to sparkling silver cutlery sets, Marcia on Montague is Queensland’s largest gift, homeware and organics emporium.
BEST BREAKFAST: Morning After
Enjoy a balanced menu of healthy, fun and indulgent foods at West End’s new kid on the block, Morning After. As the name suggests, you’ll find the finest food offerings to help counteract whatever you did last night, even if it was just staying in with a Netflix marathon. Enjoy the night before and indulge the morning after with a superb all-day breakfast menu.
BEST FASHION RETAILER: Euphora
West End is brimming with cute little boutiques, but it’s nearly impossible to walk out of Euphora empty-handed. Filled with colour patterns and great basics that can be dressed up or down, this popular and affordable clothing store is a must-visit.
BEST ACCESSORIES: Adorne
Accessories have the power to take any outfit from drab to fab and Adorne is your one-stop shop. With attention to extra detail and special intricacies, Adorne’s accessories will allow you to develop your own style, whatever the occasion.
BEST HEALTH AND SUPPLEMENT: Terry White Chemists
Stock up on all your health and supplement needs at Terry White Chemists. With a reputation for trusted pharmacy advice and great prices, these health care professionals will help you beat that winter cold and tailor solutions to your individual needs.
BEST IN MEN’S GROOMING: Heroes + Villains Barbers
Tailoring each haircut to suit the lifestyle and personality of each client, a trip to Heroes + Villains Barbers will end in an amazing shave and cut every single time. Relax with a cold beer, enjoy the friendly vibes and leave feeling fresh. It’s more than a haircut – it’s an experience.
Best Hair And Beauty: Corcorz Hair
The hairdressers at Corcoz on West End’s Montague Road are trained to find the perfect hair cut and colour just for you. Your ultimate one-stop beauty shop, Corcorz offers a full range of treatments, from bridal services and makeup to spray tans and vanity lashes.
FEATURE IMAGE: The Bleachers, West End. Credit: Cieran Murphy
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