S&G 48 hours in Brisbane

Lonely Planet recently published their recommended 48 hours in Brisbane – well here is ours! We chose to go from Friday evening to Sunday evening – as if you were dropping in to Brisbane for a weekend seeing friends.

Friday night

Hopefully your plane has arrived on time and you’ve made it to your hotel / hostel / friend’s spare room. Time to shower and change to get out again to have some fun in Brisbane!

Catch a train into Fortitude Valley. There are so many places to eat and drink and enjoy in the Valley. Start the night with a cocktail at Brisbane institution The Bowery or head to Dutch Courage Officers Mess for a good nip of gin.

After a few drinks you’ll have worked up an appetite. Fortitude Valley has so many places to eat with every cuisine you could think of on offer but as you’re nearby we’d recommend heading to Chinatown for dinner at The Enjoy Inn – have the salty fish rice, the whole fried fish, salt and pepper quail and some BBQ pork thrown in. You can pick up a bottle of wine to take to dinner from InCider Trading. If BYO isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something a little ‘trendier’ head to  Kwan Brothers.

After dinner, it’s time to roam the Valley. We’d go for drinks at The Flying Cock, Papa Jacks, Fourth Wall or Sabotage Social and love a dance at Black Bear Lodge (if you’re still awake)!

Gins at Dutch Courage

Saturday morning

First stop: Paddington to soak up a bit of Brisbane-life. We’d recommend starting either at Shouk Cafe or Kettle and Tin then walking all along La Trobe and Given Terrace, checking out the shops. Just be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen as it can get very hot during summer.

Breakfast at Shouk Cafe Paddington

Breakfast at Shouk Cafe Paddington


If you’re looking for a healthy lunch, make your way to The Sourced Grocer in Newstead where you can find a good salad. From here, you can take a walk along the river to The Powerhouse for a quiet afternoon drink in the breeze at Watt Restaurant and Bar. If you’re feeling very enthusiastic, you can keep going through New Farm around to the newly opened Riverwalk which will take you right into the CBD.

Alternatively, enjoy lunch at Chester St Bakery (don’t scrimp on dessert) then if it’s a beautiful day head up to Mt Cootha and enjoy the view of the city.

View from Mt Cootha

View from Mt Cootha

If shopping is more your style check out James St…just beware as your wallet might not like you so much afterwards.

Saturday night

Spend Saturday night in West End and South Bank. There are so many places for you to go!

If you choose South Bank, catch a train to South Brisbane station, or better yet the City Cat to South Bank. Take a walk along the river before heading into Grey Street for a glass of Sangria at Ole.

If you’re celebrating something special, walk right along South Bank to Popolo for cocktails and tapas or book ahead for a table at Stokehouse.

If you choose West End – so many choices! If you’re with a group of girls you can head to Cobbler in West End to take advantage of their Saturday evening special – buy 4 cocktails, get a free cheese board! Otherwise, a beer at Archive or a margarita at Beach Burrito Co make the perfect way to start off the night.

If you’re in the mood for cocktails, go to Jungle for tiki-themed fun, Sling Lounge for some interesting flavours or the legendary Lychee Lounge for a classic refreshing tipple.

Jungle Bar in West End


Hopefully you’re not feeling too terrible after last night but if you need a serious hangover cure, you can’t go past Pablo Cafe. Want a super healthy start to redeem yourself? Raw Paw Paw Cafe is the perfect place for you.



If you enjoy art and culture, head back to South Brisbane, have breakfast at Hoo Ha Bar, then walk around the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, located on a river. You can also look through the Queensland Museum and Science Centre. If you haven’t done so yet, take this opportunity to walk along South Bank, maybe into the city or catch a City Cat around to New Farm Park to laze in the open space.

Gorgeous spot for a picnic

Gorgeous spot for a picnic

You can also take advantage of the citycycle bikes to pedal your way around Brisbane’s many bike paths…or if you’d prefer to people watch and munch on delicious food Moose and Gibson is always a good choice.


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