Foodie finds and hidden gems in Brisbane’s west

Stace McGregs enjoying a meal at Local Larder in Ashgrove.

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Finding time to get out and explore your home city can be tricky when you’re in the busy routine of daily life, 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 you shared with us on Instagram, and with help from local style ambassador Stace McGregs, we’ve pulled together some inspiration for your next day or night out in Brisbane’s westside.

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!

Cook up a storm in Red Hill

Know your Ottolenghi from your Ramsay? Or just want to be a little more like Maggie Beer? Then a visit to Scrumptious Reads in the back streets of Red Hill could be the best thing for your Saturday morning after shopping up a storm at a local farmers market (like in Milton, Kelvin Grove and Bardon, just to name a few). Find inspiration in this bookstore that’s dedicated entirely to cookbooks and food, and if you’re interested, register to be kept in the loop for their Cookbook Club Dinners. Yummo!

Shop local in Paddington

Spend an afternoon strolling the tree-lined streets of Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. Pop in to local boutiques like Browns General Store where you will find one-of-a-kind wares including the Brisbane-made lipsticks of Dunkle Authentic, hand-thrown ceramics, mindful children’s toys and books, and conscious and sustainable fashion.

Wander to upper Latrobe to the home of the sweetest dreams, Sheets on the Line. Owners, Deb and Steve, have taken their online sheet store offline, to create a store of organic and sustainable homewares and bed linen. We hear one kip on these sheets and your life will never be the same.

But it’s not nap time yet! Hang around for dusk by enjoying the local bars and restaurants, before ambling home under the warm evening glow of 31 bud-lit trees (a new twinkling gift from us to you). We’ve got more upgrades to come along Given and Latrobe Terraces later in 2020 too, as part of our Village Precinct Projects.

Love your West Ashgrove neighbours

Concept designs for a precinct refresh are also underway for West Ashgrove (stay tuned for more later this year) but right now, there’s plenty to see and do in this buzzing community village. Enjoy a local drop at Local Larder and Wine Bar, winners of Wine List of the Year 2019. Graze on cheese and charcuterie or linger a little longer for larger plates including eight-hour slow cooked beef bourguignon. While you’re there, pop across the road and find something for your fabulous self at Our SUN ROOM.

If you’re a dedicated brunch-hunter, you’ll want to add Macho Macho to your list for mocha hotcakes with poached pear, house-roasted granola and coffee by Newstead-roasted Seven Miles beans. Let the kids choose from the dedicated kid’s menu, then head west to Enoggera Reservoir for a day of stand up paddle boarding, hiking or cloud watching as you float in the cool, gumtree-lined water.

Stace browsing through the goods at Our SUN ROOM.

Lots to motivate in Ashgrove

A TimTam thick shake or iced latte at Macchiato Me in Ashgrove may just be the perfect motivation to pair with a bushland walk through nearby Banks Street Reserve. This 30-hectare greenspace is less than five kilometres from the city centre, making it the perfect spot to make a dent in your 10,000 daily step goal, before tracing Breakfast Creek towards your sweet, liquid relief in Wardell Street. 

Cheers to Mitchelton

There’s a new buzz along Blackwood Street that’s humming on Friday nights and weekends. Wind down to the weekend at newcomer, The Woods Bar, with their selection of craft beers, artisan gins, including local Brisbane brand Winston Quinn, and an all-day menu with hearty lunch and dinner options.

With ten years under their belt, the owners of Mitchelton cafe Hobby Lane have crafted a community of loyal customers. Worth the trip down Samford Road, you’ll find a signature menu including ricotta hotcakes and corn fritters, and a specials board with deliciously good distractions like bao, fish tacos and cronut french toast. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Feel like you need to earn that slice of cake with your cappuccino? Don’t fret. Nearby Teralba Park is the perfect chance for a walk along Kedron Brook or a self-guided work-out using our free-standing outdoor gym equipment.

Gaythorne’s got style

The suburbs have style and The Collective Concept, by local interior designer Daryl Wark, in Gaythorne is proof. Daryl’s showroom on Samford Road is a destination to find worldly and unique design pieces by local creative minds. Enjoy exploring this stretch of Samford Road, which we've given a fresh face with new footpaths, heritage sign, garden beds, seats and more.  While you’re there, find yourself some new threads at Lamington Avenue or book in at Mimish Hair for a new ‘do.

It’s jazzed up in Jindalee

Have you seen the facelift we gave the Jindalee shopping precinct on Curragundi Road last year? Well there’s no time like your next free weekend to check out what’s new in the neighbourhood. Start your adventure at a local favourite for a bite and caffeinated brew. At Piggy Back Cafe, you’ll find what could just be Brisbane’s most colourful menu - think red velvet pancakes, rainbow hot chocolates... plus a soulfully savoury pork belly benedict for good measure.

While you’re in the ‘hood be sure to schedule some play time too! Swing by Rocks Riverside Park, a favourite for its water play area and playground, or the local Jindalee Pool, decked with indoor and outdoor pools and a splash pad to keep the whole family occupied. Then, if tummies are rumbling, buy lunch with a good cause at Burger Pl8 Jindalee, right next to the pool. This family-owned burger joint slings hand-crafted burgers and fries with a stand-out ethos of inclusivity hiring.

Stace admiring the local street art in Jindalee.

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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Last updated:30 April 2020
Topics: things to do