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, and help from southside local, Bianca_eats to show us around, we've pulled together some inspiration for your next day out in Brisbane’s south.
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!
Dollar dazzlers in Darra
If you’ve risen early enough to snaffle a deal on fresh produce for the week at Rocklea Fresh Saturday Markets, make the 15 minute ‘detour’ on your way home to Darra Takeaway, located within a neighbourhood shopping area set to be part of the Village Precinct Projects program. Once you’ve discovered their $4.50 bánh mi rolls, (think Vietnamese meats + vegetables + French condiments), you’ll have a regular reason to come back to this stretch of Railway Parade.
Try pairing your roll with a Vietnamese iced coffee before visiting the local Asian grocer and bakery to stock up on ingredients to try your hand at making this Vietnamese breakfast sandwich at home.
There’s lots to discover in this precinct, which we’ll be sprucing up based on community ideas this year, making Darra even better.
With baskets and bellies full, take a drive five minutes down the road to one of Australia's largest BMX tracks, where there's free fun for the whole family. Let the kids burn off some energy on the high-quality 400-metre track, perfect for the novice or seasoned pro to bunny-hop or 360° tailspin on, and totally free.
If your BMX bandits are needing a little energy hit on the way home, stop into 17 Rocks Chocolates for some stone-ground, ethically made yumminess. You can even order 3D custom-shaped chocolate bars – too cute!
Make it interesting in Inala
For more local foodie foraging, try another suburban foodie precinct, Inala, where local gourmands can relish Biota Hot Bread, (thought to have the best Vietnamese-style sandwich bread) and the seemingly endless array of kitchenware stores, grocers and restaurants. You’ll want to have a shopping basket and appetite primed!
We’ve given the Biota Street precinct a refresh lately too, helping to bring even more life to this vibrant southside spot.
Banquets and karaoke in Sunnybank
This is a tried and true recommendation for a reason – a trip to Market Square in Sunnybank is an easy-access one-stop-shop for all your Asian culinary cravings. Perfect for a Brissy night out, you’ll find an array of authentic and inexpensive restaurants, like Seoul Bistro (yes please, all-you-can-eat Korean fried chicken). It’s a local adventure that will have you feeling like you’ve taken a jaunt across the seas, without the price of an airfare.
To add a money-can’t-buy end to your evening, give yourself the spotlight in the Market Square Koala Karaoke booth (one song and it's a total eclipse of the heart).
There’s lots to see and do in Sunnybank, and we’re giving the area a bit of a boost with revitalisation works this year to make this fun suburban scene even better.
More to experience in Moorooka
You've told us that Todd & Pup is a firm local favourite, and we can see why. Be sure to check their Instagram for daily muffin flavours and hope you hit the jackpot with a combo like raspberry and macadamia or double Tim Tam. This local cafe gets bonus points for their Fido-friendly dining area too, so bring your pooch before a walk through nearby Toohey Forest Park.
And for a dining experience sure to earn you serious local foodie cred, plan a night out at Yeshi Buna Ethio-African Cafe and Restaurant. Just off Beaudesert Road, this gem is known to locals for authentic Ethiopian feasts and can’t-sit-still live music. Make the most of the experience by ordering one of their platters to share and getting ready to embrace the traditional eat-with-your-hands custom.
We’ve recently added free Wi-Fi in the Beaudesert Road village precinct and have been working with local businesses to help this suburban gem grow and thrive.
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 neighborhoods.
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.
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This blog was originally posted in January 2020 and was updated in March 2020.