Brisbane – a small magnificent city, the best places and suburbs to visit

This lovely city has a special energy for me. For just visitors can look like that there is not much to explore, however, Brisbane has a hidden beauty. 

I have been living in Brisbane for some time and I always feel so connected to this city. People in Brisbane are friendly, mostly laid back, relaxed and you can feel really welcome there.

The city offers plenty of activities if you search for it. It is not a huge offer as in Sydney or Melbourne but you can still find things to do, nice cafes to visit, nice restaurants as well or go shopping. 

The shops usually close quite early – 6 pm during the week, except Thursdays and Fridays when some shopping centers, restaurants or cafes are open until late. 

I know a few nice places which are open until late or later than usual also during the week and if you are interested in knowing more, you can contact me to find out more. 😉

The city by itself it is kind of small as the main area is around CBD, South bank or Fortitude Valley so if you live here you can easily bump into people who you already know quite often. 

Each part of Brisbane has its own spirit. 

Let me introduce my selection of suburbs which I consider to be worth to check it.

The Best suburb to visit

Fortitude Valley

I would call this area as a „party town“ as at the weekend nights are usually full of young people going out to have a party. 

This area is full of bars and clubs with various style. 

From classy Cloudland, rooftop bars, to some rock clubs, oldies music, jazz club or just a „normal bar“ or pub. I think everyone can find what they want.

In the week afternoons, the area is completely different, I would say it can look kind of „dirty“, sometimes with just a people drinking in a pub and smoking. 

Nearby is also a Chinatown which offers some Asian specialties.

New Farm

This suburb has a magnificent park where people like just chilling out, enjoying family time, catching up with friends or doing sports activities. 

You can visit the Powerhouse nearby which is a place with the newest performances or exhibitions. It is surrounded by restaurants near the river with a really nice walk.

Central Business District (CBD)

This is the main city center. There are two main shopping malls – Myer shopping center which isn‘t huge but you can still find some nice clothes there or jewelry, home decorations or some craft. 

Then Queens Plaza which is more “fancy“ with famous branches offers expensive handbags, shoes, jewelry. 

Other shops are located in Queen street with restaurants around such as Jimmy‘s on the Mall, Pig and Whistle and others. At the end of the Queen street by the river is a square where is the Treasury Casino and also the Brisbane Square Library. 

Not far from the city center is City Botanical Garden which is lovely and it is definitely worthwhile to spend some time there.

Eagle street

Eagle street is the „fancy“ part of Brisbane. A lot of expensive restaurants around, some clubs and beautiful cafes. 

If you walk towards river, there is a lovely walk with view of the Story Bridge. 

South Bank

Another lovely river walk, either afternoon or night, I love this place. Just be careful of Ibis birds who can eat everything! You will notice them trying to take food from paper wraps with their long beak. 🙂 

There are some BBQ areas so you can buy a meat or vegetables and grill it, chill out and enjoy the day. In this area is also city beach with a pool. 

In summer, it is usually packed as it is the only beach in the city. Most popular for families but also students. 

At the weekends there are Markets nearby, otherwise many restaurants around with plenty of choices to eat. 🙂

West End

This suburb can remind you kind of hippies style, some people love it, for some is a bit different style. 

West End offers a nice selection of restaurants from Japanese, Mexican, Greek to vegetarian restaurants with really cool drinks like Turmeric Latte or drinks with coconut and almond milk or vegetable and fruit smoothies. 

At the weekends there are markets with fresh vegetables and fruits, eating options and craft along the river.

Kangaroo Point

In Kangaroo point you can find amazing cliffs, and the river walk is just stunning. It is a bit complicated to get there by a public transport, however nice and green suburb.  Just walking across the story bridge is truly amazing! 

You can have a walk from Fortitude Valley (e.g. Chinatown) to Kangaroo Point- go to Brunswick street and then turn to Martin street, keep walking until you see the Story Bridge. (check the map below). 

Either walk during the afternoon and see the magnificent view or walk at night and see the buildings with lights and feel like being in a movie!

Red Hill and Paddington

I like this suburb for the „classy“ style and also beautiful nature. It is a hilly area and you can see Brisbane from the top. 

Around Paddington central are nice cafes and restaurants.

Upper Mount Gravatt

This area has a Griffith University campus with a tranquil forest around. Perfect for a walk or having a bike ride.


Wilston Look Out

Located around the Brisbane river with the most beautiful view of the Story Bridge – no matter if you walk morning, afternoon or evening. 

Mt. Cootha

A popular place to visit and enjoy the magnificent view of the city. 

It is popular not just for tourists but also for couples to watch the sunset, having a romantic dinner. visit a fancy restaurant and have a delicious dinner or sit on the grass and enjoy the view.

Brisbane city Botanical Garden

Amazing spot to chill out, think about life or read a book or do blogging. 🙂

To sum up Brisbane offers some cultural places such as Queensland Performing Art Center (QPAC), Brisbane cultural Precinct or The Powerhouse.

For young people is a great party town in Fortitude Valley.

For couples or solo dreamers is magnificent walk along the river with the view of Story bridge, South bank, New Farm park, Mt. Cootha peaceful view of the city, some tranquil forests and hiking options out of the city. 

Brisbane is also a great spot when you want to stop for a while before you go to Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast. 

The flights are usually directed from overseas so if you plan to visit the ocean, you can stay for a couple of days in Brisbane and then head to the coast. 

Check out hotels and hostels around.

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