Cafes, parks and other hidden gems around Ashgrove and Bardon

Ashgrove and Bardon put the fun in family-friendly, with plenty of trendy cafes for a caffeine kick, an endless list of enchanting parks, playgrounds and bikeways, as well as specialty stores for the perfect gift or pamper session.


Cafe culture

Whether you're with kids (and/or your pooch) or meeting friends, there are plenty of cafes in Ashgrove and neighbouring suburb, Bardon, for breakfast, brunch or lunch.

Goodfolk Cafe on Rainworth Road in Bardon charms you with its relaxed vibe and cottage-styled side garden and rear courtyard. Child and dog-friendly, it's a lovely spot to chill and enjoy food prepared using locally sourced and garden-grown ingredients.

For a side of gift-shopping with your latte, visit Corn Street on Waterworks Road, Ashgrove. You'll find one-of-a-kind ceramics, plant pots, cushions and more on display, as well as a menu boasting fish tacos, Turkish-style fare and even 'puppucinos' for four-legged guests.

Saturday mornings see a queue at Bannerton Bakery Cafe just off Waterworks Road. Everyone says, "oui si vous plait!" to freshly-baked, French pastries and breads. For mod-Oz cuisine and specialty coffee, check out Famished on Frasers, conveniently located up the street from The Enchanted Forest (Dorrington Park).

Park life

There are more than 60 parks across Ashgrove and Bardon, offering facilities for hockey, cricket and basketball, as well as playgrounds, dog off-leash areas, outdoor gyms and access to bikeways.

The Enchanted Forest playground in Dorrington Park, Ashgrove is a delightful hidden gem. Parking and entry is via an unnamed pathway off Frasers Road. It's a go-to for play dates, birthdays and catch-ups. The large leopard trees provide year-round shade to the playground, which features swings, slides, climbing forts and more within reach of picnic tables and toilets.

In Bardon, Bowman Park on Simpsons Road offers a sports oval for ball games, two playgrounds (one includes a flying fox) and a dirt BMX track. Ithaca Creek Bikeway wraps around the eastern side of the park, while trails on the north side link to tracks on the foothills of Mt Coot-tha Forest.

Fitness 4 Seniors, Dorrington Park, Ashgrove

Dinner and date nights

Intimate, relaxed and vintage, The Junk Bar on Waterworks Road offers a unique night of live music and vinyl tunes at every visit. The cosy and eclectically decorated Skukum Lounge has a 50-max capacity and sees local and international acts entertain patrons sipping the always-popular cocktails.

Between them, Ashgrove and Bardon offer a global smorgasbord of restaurants for date nights, birthdays, anniversaries and memorable catch-ups. Booking a special occasion? Check out Osaka Japanese Dining Bar, Pata Negra Tapas Bar and La Belle Vie Bistro. You'll also find family favourites including pizza, pasta, burgers and fish 'n' chips at various takeaways and restaurants in the local area.

Treat yourself

Get ready for a night out at Dr Nails - a specialist on non-toxic, vegan and organic nails on Macgregor Terrace, Bardon. The salon offers a non-toxic environment with no chemical smells, making it both children and pet friendly.

Shopping for a present? You'll find curated ideas for him, her, babies and kids, food lovers and for the home at Simply Beautiful Gifts in Ashgrove. Spoil them silly with a hamper gift or create a one-of-a-kind custom gift. Make your celebrations even more special with treats from Marche du Macaron or Cakes by Judy C.

Don't stop exploring

There are so many more suburban gems just waiting to be discovered. Start planning your next fun day out by reading more of our great Brisbetter Local articles.

Editor's note: The featured content in Brisbane Explore is created to inspire residents and visitors to buy local as part of our city’s Economic Recovery Plan. 

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**This article was updated in November 2021.**

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