Foodie finds and hidden gems in Brisbane’s east

Cheryl from @mums_who_brunch enjoying a coffee at Sister Café, Hawthorne

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For your weekend or next day off, discover more to see and do close to home with our series of hidden gems and foodie finds in Brisbane’s north, south, east and west.

Using local tips shared with us by Brisbanites on Instagram, and help from local adventurer, Cheryl from Mums Who Brunch, we’ve pulled together some inspiration for your next day out in Brisbane’s eastside.

Join us as we discover some of the surprising suburban delights across Brisbane, exploring our lively city of neighbourhoods one local daytrip, delicious meal and unexpected little find at a time. Ready? Let’s go!

Grab a gluten-free bakers’ dozen

This suburban secret won’t be one for long! You’ll need to get in early for a loaf of baked bliss now that the word is rising about The Baker’s Corner. Try the pumpkin sourdough paired with locally sourced deli goods like relish and eggs (hello ultimate sandwich) or the weekend-only gluten-free cheese and bacon buns that have locals exclaiming, “I can’t believe there’s no gluten?!”

Cheryl from @mums_who_brunch tasting the bread at The Baker’s Corner, Carina

This Kenrose Street precinct in Carina will be getting new murals as part of the newly-completed street spruce-up too.

My, My, My, Martha Street…

They say good things come in small packages, which is true of the Martha Street precinct that has heaps of cross-town-for restaurants, boutiques and cafes in a compact Camp Hill corner. Embrace simple pleasures with a made-from-scratch bowl of pasta at Martha Street Kitchen or say ‘double cheese’ for Ze Pickle’s famous franken-burgers (or brave their patty challenge and see how many you can stack).

If you’re an early riser, add a couple of shots to the 6,800-and-counting coffees that In a Pickle have poured, perhaps paired with your choice of vego breakfast options. And think of your future self when you grab a few of their take-home dinners, like chicken cacciatore or butter chicken, for those nights when you want gourmet without the effort.

Conscious indulgence in Bulimba and Hawthorne

There’s breakfast gnocchi in Hawthorne! Need we say more? Okay we will…. get peachy for your day of suburban adventures with a belly full of breakfast gnocchi and sweeten the deal with gingerbread waffles at Sister Cafe on Riding Road. Then, dial up ‘weekend mode’ with a CityCycle down Oxford Street in Bulimba to The Common Thread, where slow living is encouraged, and a curated collection of ethical and sustainable wares awaits you.

Cement your relaxed vibe with a visit to Kindred Toxin Free Facials and Bliss Float, just a few hundred metres up the road. You’ll walk out on cloud nine after a salt-water float (said to be the equivalent to eight hours sleep!) or an organic facial from the team at Kindred using natural small-batch skincare brands.

Cheryl from @mums_who_brunch browsing the clothing at The Common Thread, Bulimba

Make a morning of it in Morningside

Follow the comforting scent of freshly baked bread along Wynnum Road in Morningside to the loved-by-locals institution, Flour and Chocolate. Tucked away in a small yet mighty shopfront, this bakery has long been peddling some of Brisbane’s most beloved baked goods. It’s not just carb-loving locals you’ll find there, but also foodies willing to drive across town for the ‘gonuts’, available on Thursdays. (You can thank us later).

See you in Seven Hills

Explore the emerging scene at Seven Hills, only five kilometres from the city centre, with lots to see and do. For an active start to your day, join one of our free fitness classes at the Seven Hills Hub, like Mums and Bubs workouts and Zumba for seniors, or wander the walking tracks in the 58 hectares of Seven Hills Bushland Reserve.

To break date night out of its comfort zone, try Pitari’s where the pizza has locals loving the slices that owner Marco is creating. Word is you just cannot leave without trying their homemade tiramisu! (If we must!) If you opt for take-away and stroll 400-metres to Palatine Hill Park, you’ll get bonus points for the pizza picnic and incredible views of Brisbane’s night skyline. Look for super-local date night extensions like a show at the community Seven Hills Hub (TIP: search for ‘Seven Hills hub’ on Eventbrite to find out what’s on!).

While you’re in the area, you might notice we’re giving The Corso village precinct a freshen up to help bring a bit more life into this gem of a suburb.  

Stay tuned for more life in the suburbs

Didn't spot your local area in our list? See what other hidden gems we’ve found in the vibrant local life of Brisbane’s neighborhoods, and share your favourite local hidden gems and foodie finds, by tagging them with #Brisbetter on Instagram. 

We’re creating more to see and do to help you enjoy your local Brisbane suburbs. Renewing suburban centres, revitalising village precincts, supporting local small businesses and helping deliver thousands of markets, festivals and events are some of the ways we’re making Brisbane’s suburbs better. Find out more about our Better Suburbs Plan.

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Last updated:30 April 2020
Topics: things to do