We’ve already highlighted some of the best restaurants, bars, cafes and places to hang out in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. Now it’s time to wrap things up with Brisbane. We turned to Underbelly: Razor star Lincoln Lewis and MasterChef contestant Ellie Paxton-Hall for their picks on where to go in Brissy:
Libertine: Ellie says Libertine is “my favourite restaurant” because “it’s French-Vietnamese food, which I love.” There’s definitely an Indochinese feel to the place, which features orient-inspired interiors with a modern twist. As for the food, you can either choose light meal options from the Streetfood menu (it includes rice paper rolls and Vietnamese salads), or share dishes such as oven-roasted Hanoi chicken or delicious pork belly.
Libertine, No. 5, The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, (07) 3367 3353.
The Normanby Hotel: Lincoln says it has a “great atmosphere with a variety of different environments to hang all in the one place.” He also says Normanby has great food — it offers two dining options: either the award-winning Bovine Restaurant or Garden Grill Dining, which is great for those who like to eat al fresco.
The Normanby Hotel, 1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill, QLD, (07) 3831 3353.
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Sassafras: Ellie told us, “I love Paddington because I live around there — I always hang out at Sassafras and there are lots of cool shops around there as well.” Sassafras is an eclectic cafe situated in a weatherboard cottage that serves breakfast until 2 p.m. along with an assortment of hot and cold beverages — it even has a juice bar! Sassafras also believes in quality ingredients that are sourced organically or as humanely as possible.
Sassafras, 88 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD, (07) 3369 0600.
The Breakfast Creek Hotel: Lincoln loves the Brekky Creek Hotel because it has “the best streaks in Brissy.” It’s an iconic venue that has been around since 1889 — it was even recognised as a Q150 icon during the celebrations of Queensland’s 150th birthday! As Lincoln says, the steaks are world famous, and they’ve proven that when it comes to a delicious meal it doesn’t get much better than perfectly-cooked meat and tasty sides.
The Breakfast Creek Hotel, 2 Kingsford Smith Drive, Albion, QLD, (07) 3262 5988.
Cloudland: Cloudland is an exciting club that Ellie said she likes to go to when she’s in The Fortitude Valley. Its interiors are impressive and exciting, with a retractable glass ceiling, coloured booths, a 10-metre waterfall, and walls covered in lights and plants. Whether it’s a lovely meal or cocktail-filled night out you’re after, Cloudland has you covered for a unique dining or drinking experience.
Cloudland Bar, 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, (07) 3872 6600.
Ellie Paxton-Hall photo courtesy of Network Ten