Style Awards: The Best of The Valley

Style Awards: The Best of The Valley

Everything you need and more in one suburb: where to find Fortitude Valley’s best and brightest.

By Emmy-Lou Mckean | 31st March 2016

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.


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!


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.


Chilli fries and beef burger

Ben's Burgers know how to make a simple and satisfying burger.

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.


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

acai bowls, healthy, Pinapple express

Pineapple Express acai bowls. Image: @pressgarage

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

Eleven Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley

Is that the Story Bridge we spy?

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.


Mister Fitz Ice Cream Sandwiches

Customisable Ice-Cream Sandwiches? Yes please!

Take a trip down memory lane with this traditional ice-cream parlour. Mister Fitz is a nostalgic experience for every sweet tooth, specialising in original recipe ice-cream paired with baked-in-house cookies, brownies and waffle cones. This contemporary take on the ice-cream sandwich produces an Insta-worthy product like no other.

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.


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

Alternative views of Chester Street Bakery in Newstead, Brisbane

Chester Street Bakery in Newstead, Brisbane

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.


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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Article by Emmy-Lou Mckean

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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