Save yourself the "best of" Googles and bookmark this little blackbook of quality (and secret) finds in the Fortitude Valley, and surrounding 'burbs! We've hunted high and low for our favourite places so you don't have to! Presenting Style's awards for the best of the Valley precinct.
BEST FASHION HUB: James St
The James St precinct has made a name for itself as one of Brisbane’s premier one-stop fashion destinations. Boasting more than 36 fashion stores with everything from bespoke jewellery to high-end garments, James St is a shopaholic’s dream. As well as providing Brisbane shoppers with a boutique-style shopping experience, James St hosts a number of fashion events throughout the year with some of the world’s top fashion influencers in attendance.
BEST HOMEWARES: Homemaker The Valley
If you’re in search of the ultimate décor inspiration, look no further than Homemaker The Valley. This location boasts more than 30 of Brisbane’s finest home, lifestyle, food and fashion stores. In a complimentary session, Homemaker’s resident stylist will help you gain insight into the vision of your space and assist in creating a stylish interior plan for your home.
BEST BEAUTY: Lush Tan Beauty
Lush Tan Beauty has been providing Brisbane with a natural and healthy alternative to solariums and sun baking for six years with a premium spray tanning boutique on James Street. As well as stocking 10 different tan solutions to suit all skin types, Lush continually tests its products to achieve the best results for its clients. Lush also offers a range of beauty treatments from waxing and tinting to nails and facials. Plus the Lush ladies are lovely!
BEST HAIRDRESSER: Blow
Cutting and styling some of the big names of Brisbane, Blow’s carefully-carted image is focused on customer experience. The management team here leaves nothing to chance, ensuring the sleek salon is run like clockwork. The salon also offers a number of beauty treatments such as nails, tanning, waxing and tinting during your hair appointment to save you time.
BEST BURGERS: BEN'S BURGERS
This Wynn Lane burger joint specialises in serving up consistently amazing burgers, with only three burgers on the main menu, no alterations. They even do breakfast burgers now on brioche buns, too! Mmm, Burgers.
BEST FITNESS HUB: Function Well
The team at Function Well believes that when you're healthy and fit, other aspects of your life will improve. More than your ordinary gym, Function Well assists people in starting their personalised health and fitness journey through specialised group functional classes, yoga and nutrition. The owners here are dedicated to inspiring Brisbane people to live a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.
BEST HEALTH FOOD FIX: Pineapple Express
With a focus on everything “good for your insides”, the Pineapple Express box cafe on James Street offers a streamlined cafe service to Brisbane’s health-conscious foodies. Set up like a bar, the grab ‘n’ go food options are ideal for busy people. Plus, the Pineapple Express mobile app makes it even easier for customers to order food and drinks on the go.
BEST RESTAURANT: Gerard's Bistro
Nestled away in Brisbane’s premier dining precinct on James Street, Gerard’s Bistro delivers a relaxed and sophisticated experience, boasting an extensive food and drink menu. Combining seasonal local produce and traditional techniques with contemporary flavours, Gerard’s offers a delectable dining experience that has made quite the impression on Brisbane foodies.
BEST BAR: Eleven
High in the sky above Brisbane, you’ll find a rooftop bar truly worthy of your admiration. Nestled 11 floors above the heart of the night-life scene, Eleven is home to a seriously impressive 270-degree view of Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. This crown jewel is a place to relax and enjoy a simple and comfortable approach to food and drink. Whether you’re looking to graze on a share plate or fill up with a sophisticated sit-down dinner, the chef has your palette covered. The buzzing social environment at Eleven is sure to inject life into any experience.
BEST HOTEL: Emporium Hotel
Emporium Hotel, Queensland’s first luxury boutique hotel, features 102 luxury suites. Contemporary hospitality experience has been distilled to a fine art here, right down to the “Exquisite Sleeps” menu featuring six pillow options to ensure the perfect sleep. Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Emporium Hotel is the ideal location for an inner-city escape.
BEST SINFUL TREATS: Mister Fitz
BEST ASIAN CUISINE: Saiko Teppanyaki
Looking for a lively experience? Look no further than Saiko Teppanyaki, which delivers nothing short of flying eggs and spinning knives. With a variety of Japanese offerings from lunchtime bento sets to family banquets, Saiko is the ideal spot for an Asian cuisine fix with a twist.
BEST BOUTIQUE BOTTLE SHOP: Malt Traders
Passionate about exploring new indulgences and bringing something special to the table when entertaining, Malt Traders is the ultimate purveyor of fine consumables. Specialising in craft beer, biodynamic and organic wines, single malt whisky and much more, Malt Traders offers a new level of quality retail products while keeping it local.
BEST CAKE/PATISSERIE: Chester Street Bakery
Since this cake sensation landed in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, our taste buds have never quite been the same. Chester Street is home to Brisbane’s favourite sweets, from bagels, pastries, cookies and desserts to the best-tasting (and -looking) treats you’ve ever seen. Open ’til late seven nights a week, there’s always time to enjoy Brisbane’s finest treats at Chester Street.
BEST REAL ESTATE AGENTS: Place New Farm
Aaron Woolard, lead agent at Place New Farm, has been achieving record results in the thriving Brisbane property market for nearly a decade. Aaron is a passionate member of the local community and specialises in the inner-city postcodes. He understands that each property is different and provides his clients with expert guidance to achieve results, tailoring his approach to suit each individual property. And we just love looking at all the gorgeous properties he has to offer and dreaming a little dream.
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