I have been living in Brisbane for about 10 months now and I have really enjoyed every minute. Even the moments that include rain and floods. I could see myself happily settling here once I have finished travelling the world. I am no stranger to the lack of love for Brissy on the blogs, and I can understand why.
It doesn’t have the beach and attractions of Sydney, nor the culture of Melbourne. But there are some great Brisbane suburbs ready to be discovered, that could rival the cafe scenes of its capital counterparts.
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Paddington: For the Fashion
I only visited Paddington for the first time prior to Christmas, but I loved what I saw. The houses in the area are my favourite cute Queenslanders. The cafes offer magnificent food (try Kettle and Tin for brunch). There are also great vintage boutiques and op shops to search through for hours, trying to find that perfect item. I think I have to make an op shopping day of it sometime soon.
South Bank: For the Activities
You will most probably make a trip to South Bank during your time in Brisbane, and it is definitely worth it. I love walking along the river and checking out the markets on the weekend. There always seems to be a festival on around the area too, which is an added bonus. And if this isn’t enough, you can go for a swim in the man-made beach. It’s no Bondi, but pretty epic all the same.
Balmoral/Bulimba: For the Movies
These two Brisbane suburbs seem to merge together, so I am putting them under the one section. Balmoral has one of the cheapest cinemas in Brisbane, so I frequent it regularly. There is also no shortage of great food outlets around the area too — from sushi to cafes to restaurants-slash-bookstores.
West End: For the Cafe Culture
West End is Brisbane’s equivalent to Melbourne, or so I think. So many cute cafes line the streets, it is hard to choose which one to go to. And the food has been amazing at every place I have been to so far, yet I have only scratched the surface. What a pity I still have so much more eating to do!
Woody Point: For the Water
I have mentioned this before on the blog, but Brisbane’s North Coast is pretty damn beautiful — for swimming in the water, walking along the foreshore and eating fish and chips as the sun sets.