25 Things To Do With Your Loved Ones In Brisbane City

The city of love

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 13th February 2024

Love is certainly in the air and we’re all about sharing the warm and fuzzies to everyone in your circle! Whether you’re overdue for a bonding sesh with your mum, looking to fan the flames with your boo, or want to remind your BFF who’s number one, we’re here to let you in on Cupid’s best-kept secret – Brisbane City. 

From indulgent meals to dreamy exhibits, we’ve rounded up the best things to do with your better half in The City. It doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or simply just because; you’ll all be sure to feel the love! 

For the love of art

Feed your heart and your soul with The City’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Forgot to grab a bouquet? No worries, because you’ll discover roses and a whole lot more floral goodness with the Museum of Brisbane’s Rearranged: Art of the Flower exhibition. Tucked inside a space reminiscent of a classic Queenslander, the free and blooming collection of paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics, and new media is now in season on Level 3 of City Hall. Meanwhile, share the love for Country at the proudly Indigenous owned and operated Birrunga Gallery or enjoy a long romantic walk through Brisbane City’s five public art trails – an imaginative display scattered throughout The City’s hidden laneways, public parks, and high-rise facades.  

Fall head over a new pair of heels

Grab the girls and treat yourselves to a well-deserved day of retail therapy with a shopping spree. Queen Street Mall is Brisbane’s best shopping district, with high-end fashion labels and your local favourites packed into one bustling strip. Whether you’ve been whispering sweet nothings through the Hermès window or it’s love at first sight in DJs, you might even snag yourself a new date night ‘fit! 

Book a swoony staycay 

Date night doesn’t have to end – simply book a stay at one of Brisbane City’s beautiful hotels and let the good times roll. For a truly luxurious stay, the W Brisbane is hard to beat, thanks to its decadent design and award-winning restaurants. Similarly, The Pullman and The Sebel both offer five-star accommodation in the heart of the city for the perfect escape, while newcomer Hotel Indigo is already making a name for itself with its eclectic charm and design features that reflect The City’s bold beginnings. And if it’s a hidden gem you’re after, The Inchcolm by Ovolo offers a boutique experience that will have you feeling a world away! 

Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Let lunch linger 

Is quality time your love language? Then treat your mum, mate, or main squeeze to a long lunch at one of The City’s ambient restaurants or cafes. An endearing slice of Italy awaits at Tattersall’s Arcade’s Marchetti Cafe, while brunch is sorted at Felix For Goodness. Kick back on the river banks with a Greek feast at Opa Bar + Mezze, or enjoy premium local seafood with a side of gorgeous views at Tillerman. Want to take your midday meal to new heights? Then book a seat at Fiume Rooftop Bar, Hibiscus Bar & Terrace, or Sixteen Antlers and dine amongst the skyline.  

Dinner and a show

Why fix what isn’t broken? A foolproof date formula for a reason, there are plenty of exciting ways to wine and dine in Brissy! First, sip up with cocktails at Burnett Lane’s Antico, overwater bar Will & Flow, or in a heritage-listed former bank underground at Boom Boom Room. Then, for a top-notch dinner you and yours will be raving about, head to Rothwell’s Bar & Grill, Settimo, Donna Chang, Babylon, The Lex, or Exhibition – the choice is yours. As for the show, save room for popcorn and settle into the plush armchairs in the Elizabeth Picture Theatre’s Royal Rooms. With all the latest flicks plus arthouse specials, it certainly beats Netflix and chill.

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By Dinushka Gunasekara A self-proclaimed Spotify connoisseur who plans her weekends on Monday, Dinushka’s least favourite time of the day is in between meals.
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