Brisbane’s inner-city suburb of Fortitude Valley is an explosion of colour, heritage and modern café culture. Wander along the streets and down the laneways and you’ll come across vibrant street art and diverse cuisine – plus some of Brisbane’s best shopping! Take a day out of your plans to soak up every one of these experiences.
Begin with brunch
Step out from your stylish Brisbane accommodation in the CBD and take an easy walk from Adelaide Street to one of the outstanding cafes dotting Fortitude Valley. We love Ltd Espresso, Campos Coffee and Reverends Fine Coffee for a quality caffeine hit and fresh brekky fare. Campos in particular offers plenty of decadent options, from chocolate brownies to Eggs Benedict.
Shop up a storm
Bakery Lane and Winn Lane are the places to discover tiny boutiques and vintage treasures, while Emporium offers up designer fashion and luxury labels. Stroll through the Fortitude Valley Markets every weekend at Brunswick Street Mall to peruse books, jewellery and local fashion. If you’re a music lover, you might prefer to hunt down records at Phase 4 or find a vintage guitar at Tym Guitars.
Feast in Chinatown
Chinatown offers a vast variety of Asian cuisines. You might prefer to tuck into Korean barbecue, juicy dumplings or fresh sushi, or to linger over yum cha. The area becomes even more lively at night, with many restaurants offering the option for BYO with your meal. Longtime is one favourite late-night haunt offering tasty Thai street food flavours and cold beer.
Go gallery hopping
You’re at the heart of creativity in Fortitude Valley, and there are so many galleries and art spaces to check out. Explore Piccolo Gallery, Analogue Gallery, Artisan, Art101 and Bosz Gallery for contemporary art, and keep your eyes peeled for the world-class examples of street art throughout Fortitude Valley.
End the day up high
Brisbane is renowned for its nightlife and Fortitude Valley offers some of the best. You might catch a live show at The Zoo, relax in the Tiki bar at Alfred & Constance or head up to the skyline and have a rooftop cocktail at Elixir, Limes, Up on Constance or Eleven. If you’re staying at Meriton Suites Adelaide Street, you’ll be a short walk away from your plump pillow after a big day in the Valley.