The Valley – Fav Five

Having emerged from its gritty, industrial roots, the suburb of Fortitude Valley is sophisticated yet raw – it’s where Brisbane’s elegant style meets urban grunge. ‘The Valley’ as it is commonly known, is a hive of activity. As one of Brisbane’s most happening suburbs, the Valley’s entertainment district is booming with unique retailers, funky bars and quirky cafes. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite five Fortitude Valley hangouts – trust us, narrowing it down to only five was tough!

A Coffee Hit from Jamie’s

Pull up a milk crate and join us for a full-bodied brew at our local, Jamie’s Espresso Bar. Occupying an old graffiti-covered parking lot on the corner of James and Robertson streets, Jamie’s Espresso is the Fortitude Valley’s hipster haven (in saying that, it’s a haven for anyone who loves a good coffee). We don’t know whether it’s the cheap price of the coffee (which is always bang on) or the open, laid-back environment that makes Jamie’s a winner – every time.

A Magical Meal from The Lost Boys

Fortitude Valley’s Peter Pan inspired café, The Lost Boys, has brought a touch of magic to Ann street. The dim interior takes you back to your childhood with a trip to Neverland. With trees sprouting from the floor creating a canopy of greenery and fairy-lit branches above the tables, The Lost Boys is a hide away unlike we’ve ever seen. Hidden within a large bookshelf,  tucked away in your favourite childhood books, you’ll find Lost Boys menu – completely vegetarian and organic – it’ll pass the test of any foodie.

Lunch hangout at Ben’s Burgers

Located in the Valley’s Winn Lane, Ben’s Burgers has taken the Brisbane burger scene by storm. Bringing together awesome beats and mouth-watering eats, Ben’s serves up a set menu of American-style classics. Whatever burger you choose out of their three outstanding options (extra cheesy and vegetarian options available) we promise you won’t be disappointed. Their burger perfection combined with a variety of tasty sides, American sodas and creamy milkshakes, Ben’s will leave you satisfied (and maybe in a bit of a food coma).

Afternoon Delight

Let’s be honest, is there a better combination than meat and cheese? I didn’t think so. Gerard’s Bar & Charcuterie will make all your platter dreams come true with their melt-in-the-mouth tapas-style sensations. Soak up the atmosphere of chilled tunes played over the Euro deli shop window, industrial chic interior and al fresco deck. Gerard’s is the ideal spot for an afternoon chill-sesh over a cool beer.

Night Cap at Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen

In the rustic interior on an historic Valley corner, Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen brings blues, craft beer and a Peruvian inspired bar menu to life. The 1882 building was once called John Lennon’s Corner Store – what a hipster history. With exposed brick walls, copper bar tables and high timber ceilings, the two story bar, although restored, gives off the vibes of an old corner pub. As a perfect match to the rotating selection of craft beers on tap, Bloodhound serve’s some of the best tacos on this side of the river.