Southern Suburbs:
Eat & drink            

18 JANUARY 2023

Searching where to eat in the Southern Suburbs of Brisbane? From a haven of cafes and bars in the West End to neighbourhood nook restaurants in Woolloongabba, you’re spoilt for choice on how to fill your stomach on this side of town.


Food markets in Southern Brisbane 

01. For a lifestyle market with a huge range of baked goods and quality meats, head to Saturday Fresh Market in Rocklea, or find all your favourite food trucks selling cuisine from across the globe at Mt Gravatt Street Food on the first Saturday of every month.

Brunch in Southern Brisbane 

02. Need a cup of caffeine to start your day, right? Coffee Supreme in Woolloongabba offers coffee for breakfast — and they do it well. Drop in for the best roasted coffee in Brisbane.

03. Another caffeine contender is Blackstar Coffee Roasters in West End. Once a popular little coffee cart at Davies Park Markets is now a thriving café serving delicious cold-pressed iced coffee and espresso.

04. Of course, it’s not brunch if there aren’t eggs on toast and smashed avocado on the menu. Incorporating an Asian twist into its meals, the quirky Pawpaw Café in Woolloongabba has long been considered one of the best brunch destinations in Brisbane. 

Lunch in Southern Brisbane 

05. What’s thin, fluffy, and 100% authentic Napoli-style? Just minutes from The Gabba is Superfly Pizza, the ideal spot to sit alfresco in the hidden laneway with a couple of slices.  

06. For a casual, family-friendly dining experience, Jugar Eat Play Drink in West End is a restaurant with a side of fun. Alongside its children’s play area is a varied menu with a Spanish nod.

07. With a reputation for truly authentic Mexican cuisine, as well as its relaxed vibe and great tunes, Mama Taco in West End is perfect for a laid-back lunch of margaritas and tacos. 

08. If you’re after authentic food from the Asian diaspora, Sunnybank is the place to go. Noodle lovers should head straight to Ramen Champion, a small Tokyo-style eatery known for its fresh local produce and excellent homemade noodles.

09. Sea Legs Brewing Co in Kangaroo Point is an independent Australian craft brewery, and there’s no better way to compliment a fresh, ice-cold beer than with an American-style inspired menu. We’ll have the huge pile of chicken wings, please.  

10. How does a beef and Guinness pie and a schooner sound? If the answer is fantastic, then you’ll fit right in at The One Mile in Woolloongabba, a bar that provides a more refined experience for the casual sports fan. You can also find a Sunday Roast here, as well as a full Irish breakfast.

11. South City Square is a vibrant new precinct found in Woolloongabba. Here your tastebuds will be spoilt for choice with a varied collection of exciting new restaurant openings making a stir in the Brisbane dining scene. Enjoy the delightful fusion of Chinese and Peruvian cuisine at Casa Chow, or dig in to classic Italian at Sasso. Then head to South City Wine or Purple Palm for a nightcap!

Dinner in Southern Brisbane 

12. If provincial Italian fare is on your mind, 1889 Enoteca is happy to provide. Set within elegant vintage surroundings, this unique Roman restaurant at Woolloongabba serves exceptional handmade pasta, as well as its renowned pork and fennel sausage gnocchi. Fun fact — ‘Enoteca’ means ‘wine library’ so you’ll also have the finest wine list in Brisbane to choose from.

13. Do flavours from Thailand’s Isan region get your mouth watering? Boo’s Kitchen in Woolloongabba is for you. This family-run restaurant is full of charm and offers a variety of dishes that owner and head Chef Book enjoys sharing with her own family and friends. Boo’s menu tip? Be adventurous!

14. Presenting one of Brisbane’s most inventive menus is Woolloongabba’s Detour restaurant in a heritage-listed former antique store. From Kentucky Fried Duck to Fraser Island Spanner Crab, guests can enjoy modern contemporary share plates with a focus on sustainability and dietary requirements.

15. How about a neighbourhood Spanish tapas restaurant? Botellon Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar in Graceville has quickly become a local favourite. Specialising in Spanish cuisine made with specially imported ingredients, the food blends beautifully with a glass of wine in the alfresco street dining setting.

Interior shot of Electric Avenue-s bar table with lights and chairs at Wooloongabba.
Electric Avenue, Woolloongabba

Drinks in Southern Brisbane 

16. For a little je ne sais quoi, the classy Ooh La La Rooftop Bar (sitting above C’est Bon restaurant) offers the ultimate French flair alongside a crisp glass of Champagne, indulgent cocktails, and stunning views. Dine here for an intimate open-air terrace date night.

17. Consistently excellent cocktails in a warm and homely space can be found at the award-winning Canvas Club, a vintage-inspired treasure in the heart of Woolloongabba. With share boards and tapas items to choose from, as well as a secret fairy-lit beer garden out back, small group catchups here hit the spot. 

18. Tucked away in an upstairs bar above Electric Avenue is Mrs. J. Rabbits. Pop here for a bespoke cocktail or luxurious liquor nightcap.

19. For a taste of the West End’s counterculture, wander into The End, a much-loved bar with a charming, industrial-chic vibe. This is a great place to be if you’re flying solo and want to make some friends. Make sure to try one of their incredibly creative cocktails

Want to play? Get to know the best things to do in Brisbane’s southern suburbs.