Dive into Brisbane’s party atmosphere, browse the boutique shops, explore the hippest cafes and hidden laneways, or check out some of Brisbane’s most iconic venues – you’ll find it all in the Valley.
Fortitude Valley, or ‘The Valley’ as it’s known, is an exciting mix of different styles. Here you’ll find trendy boutiques next to grungy stores, and every kind of style, service, and experience in between.
Wander to Sunday Social on Winn Lane, a gorgeous little vintage shop with super friendly staff, or head over to James Street for more shopping options, and stop off at old-style bakehouse, Jocelyn’s Provisions, for a coffee and tasty morning tea. Another must is Gerard’s Bistro. This wonderful little eatery is among the top of Brisbane’s restaurants and is a popular destination for foodies and party goers alike.
For an unbeatable meal head to the impressive Chinatown Mall, where you’ll find a huge range of restaurants to try amid a buzzing atmosphere. A crowd favourite is Thai Wi-Rat, a Thai-Laos restaurant with top service, fresh and tasty cuisine at low prices. Try the Som Tum Seafood Salad (green papaya salad) or the Duck Larb.
For those who like markets, the Valley Markets is one of the best in Brisbane for vintage fashion, trinkets, treasures and people watching. There’s also no shortage of buskers and street performers to keep everyone entertained.
The ‘real’ Brisbane experience is not complete without a night out in The Valley. Start with a quiet beer or rum cocktail at Alfred and Constance, then head to The Tivoli for the best live acts Australia has to offer. When you’re ready for the party atmosphere, step on out and see what else The Valley has to offer.
New Farm makes a strong point of maintaining and promoting an active outdoor lifestyle, with parks spread throughout the area. Here you can also find the Brisbane Powerhouse, a historic venue that offers a diverse range of visual and performing arts events all year round. Each February the Powerhouse hosts The Brisbane Comedy Festival a month-long showcase of some of Australia and the world’s best comedic talent.
Apart from being beautiful spaces and great spots to catch some sun, relax on the weekend, or do some light exercise, many of the parks in the area will often host free or cheap lifestyle-oriented events, including group exercise classes. For all things community-based, you can’t go past the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, offering a great deal of community services and activities.
The New Farm Library on Sydney Street is a peaceful spot to relax or do some study, and also offers a lot of local neighbourhood information and resources, including an international language collection. Check the noticeboard there for things to do, activities, goods for sale and accommodation available.
The YMCA in Fortitude Valley provides gym facilities and fitness classes, in a welcoming and friendly environment. Your health needs will be sorted at the Central Family Practice on Brunswick Street, which offers a range of services in a central location.
FREE & FRUGAL
If enjoying this picturesque part of Brisbane on a budget appeals to you, then you really can’t go past New Farm Park. The pleasant surroundings of the park itself are more than worth the visit, and completely free. Barbeque facilities are available, and in summer you can catch a movie while you’re at it. The stunning Moonlight Cinema experience, for a very reasonable $16 for students, is a beautiful way to enjoy a summer evening under the stars.
Bring a picnic and get comfortable to watch either a classic or new release movie. For cheap and unique dining, you can’t go past Tippler’s Tap. Offering up a menu of Chicago diner-style favourites, there are several options for $16 and under.