Finding ways to discover and see your home city through fresh eyes can be hard when you're caught in the daily grind, but with our series of hidden gems and foodie finds in Brisbane's north, south, east and west, you're sure to find more to see and do close to home.
Using the local tips and picks that Brisbanites shared with us on Instagram, and help from local food and lifestyle writer, Sipping Brisbane, to show us around, we've pulled together some inspiration for your next day out in Brisbane's northside.
Join us as we discover some of the surprising suburban delights across Brisbane, exploring our lively city neighbourhoods one weekend adventure, delicious meal and unexpected little find at a time. Ready? Let’s go!
A cafe with a difference in Chermside West
Order a coffee with a conscience at Silky Oak Espresso, on Ainsdale Street, Chermside West, which was opened to employ, train and mentor some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
We've given the Ainsdale Street Village a little refresh recently, so pop into the precinct for a look-see.
After your coffee, you can stroll about 12 minutes down the road to the natural bushland and walking tracks at Raven Street Reserve.
Delicatessen delights Chermside
Tucked away in Chermside, not far from Ainsdale Street Village, Loria Continental Delicatessen gives you the chance to dream about aperitivo hours in Florence.
Find fresh cheese, charcuterie and Italian deli goods, including their house-made stuffed olives and ready-made pasta and pizza for quick and easy dinners.
Visit on Saturdays for fresh cannoli, and if you can’t wait to eat those tasty morsels, order an espresso and sit to enjoy this classic pairing. Prego!
Weekend brunches in Wilston
Wilston Village locals are already in the know about their breakfast and brunch treasures, but if you're yet to discover this tummy-rumble-worthy suburban precinct, we suggest doing so pronto.
From the family-friendly seasonal menu at Willow and Spoon to mouth-watering options at Alcove Cafe & Deli (like red velvet pancakes or Italian eggs), your biggest decision will be where to start come Saturday morning.
If you fancy making your own avo toast, then you'll want to swing by Crust & Co off Newmarket Road and pick up a fresh loaf of sourdough (as well as a handful of tasty pastries ‘just in case’). This popular bakery is a must-stop on a weekend morning, so get in early to avoid missing out.
And we've got more for you to look forward to, with a Village Precinct Projects street spruce up in Wilston Village planned for 2020!
Brekky and doggo runs in Grange
If you're seeking a weekend brekky spot that will earn you serious cred amongst your mates, Huskk in Grange is another good choice, just a hop, skip and a jump from Wilston Village. Pouring local Bear Bones coffee and serving an all-day menu (with options for the wee nippers), this suburban gem is also dog-friendly.
Once you're well-fed, you can take your pooch for a run along nearby Kedron Brook’s off-leash area.
Three cheers to craft brews in Geebung and Banyo
Brisbane's love affair with craft beer is no secret.
Raise a glass to the suburbs and take your friends to Geebung's Hub Brewing for Friday arvo knock-off drinks, where you can sample their brewed-on-site beers in the taproom.
Hop a suburb over to Banyo where fellow brew-stars All In Brewing Co stake their claim as one of Brisbane's foundation craft breweries.
Dabble a little in Kedron
Committed to broadening your horizons and learning something new in 2020? A visit to Kedron's Somerset Studios might be on the cards. From digital marketing, kids ukulele lessons and a paint-your-pet art class, there's something for the dabbler in all of us.
Reward all that brainpower with a trip to Miss Sophia's Gelateria, just a stone's throw down the road for gelato made fresh daily and a seriously fun chocolate fountain sundae, or pop into Farm House Kedron, an eatery that pays tribute to family farms and fresh food producers.
Art spotting on the northside
Whether it's a brightly-painted Artforce traffic signal box or a suburban wall covered with a Brisbane Canvas artwork, Brisbane's thriving street art culture is certainly represented on the northside. And while these creative gems aren't exactly hidden, they certainly are fun to search for!
Spot a Fintan Magee, an iconic jar of Vegemite in Stafford by Paul Everest and Brisbane's own Rone masterpiece on Wickham Grove, Albion.
How many can you see as you explore Brisbane's neighbourhoods?
Stay tuned for more life in the suburbs
Didn't spot your local area in our list? Stay tuned, we have more to share about the vibrant local life in Brisbane's neighbourhoods.
Until then, we want to hear about your favourite local hidden gems and foodie finds, so make sure you tag 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.