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Simply Buddha-ful – Villa dishes up bowls of nourishment in the heart of Bulimba
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Simply Buddha-ful – Villa dishes up bowls of nourishment in the heart of Bulimba

Usually when we return from a holiday we feel recharged, serene and content – but never overly eager to return to work. For Coco Bliss head honchos Candice Kemp and Mellita Rayner the duo were itching to get back to the office after some time away, for they had an idea that they simply had to share with Brisbane eaters. Enter Villa – a brand-new healthy outlet dispensing an abundance of Balinese-inspired protein and vegetable-laden bowls, set to give eaters a stellar nutritious savoury option once it opens on Friday November 17. more

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Tease your tastebuds at Monty's Bakehouse in West End
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Tease your tastebuds at Monty’s Bakehouse in West End

There's something completely intoxicating about the aroma of freshly baked bread. Your nose tingles as you inhale that warm familiar scent, your mouth watering at the thought of the carby goodness that awaits your tastebuds. Let's be real, it's pretty hard to concentrate on anything else once a baked good grabs your attention. Just a word of warning – this exact sensation is going to hit you the moment you step inside Monty's Bakehouse, and you're probably going to want to buy everything that lies before you in the cabinet. Look, we get it. No judgement here. more

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Make a little mischief at new Coorparoo bar and eatery Beyond the Pale
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Make a little mischief at new Coorparoo bar and eatery Beyond the Pale

You may have heard the phrase 'beyond the pale'. In modern language, it refers to behaviour that ventures outside of the bounds of what is considered acceptable – behaviour that's a little bit naughty and mischievous. You know, the kind of cheeky debauchery you might get up to with a little Dutch courage. What you may not know, however, is that the origin of the phrase dates back to 14th Century Ireland. The part of the country that was under English rule was marked by a boundary of stakes or fences, know as the English Pale. Those who travelled outside that boundary, or beyond the pale, were considered uncouth and unacceptable amongst civilisation. more

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Start your day the right way at Edward Specialty Coffee
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Start your day the right way at Edward Specialty Coffee

Abhi Gupta knows a thing or two about coffee. The Sydney transplant has spent many years mastering the craft of the humble bean, most recently working with White Horse Coffee lending his hands to everything from roasting to training and development. Deciding to head north to Brisbane, Abhi has not only brought his skills and knowledge to Brisbane, but is also introducing White Horse Coffee to Queensland for the very first time. If you're keen to get a taste, look no further than The City's Edward Specialty Coffee. more

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Perk up at wholesome neighbourhood cafe Ground New Farm
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Perk up at wholesome neighbourhood cafe Ground New Farm

A wise old theme song once sang a very real truth – sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. That welcoming community vibe is exactly what you'll find at new suburban coffee shop Ground New Farm. Not just that, there's also darn good coffee, delectable grab-and-go delights and clean treats to sate your sweet cravings. more

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Blackstar Coffee Roasters welcomes pocket-sized bro Small Axe in West End
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Blackstar Coffee Roasters welcomes pocket-sized bro Small Axe in West End

Blackstar Coffee Roasters is somewhat of a pioneer in the Brisbane coffee scene. Opening on West End's Thomas Street in 2007, it quickly made its mark on Brisbane caffeine aficionados – it was committed to roasting fair-trade 100 percent organic coffee, which was a rarity back then, and it was the first cafe in town to offer cold-brew coffee. Crazy how much has changed in ten years, huh? Holding true to its core values and continuing attracting coffee lovers from all over town, Blackstar has grown from strength to strength in the last decade, its most recent achievement being hole-in-the-wall cafe Small Axe at The Stores in West End. more

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Ivy & Lark brightens up Chermside with fresh food and lush foliage
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Ivy & Lark brightens up Chermside with fresh food and lush foliage

Westfield Chermside's had a banner year, and though you'd be forgiven for thinking the big-ticket openings are behind us, the centre comes through with another. Introducing Ivy & Lark – one of the best new specialty coffee cafes in Brisbane's north. Combining a comfortable and casual fit-out with lush greenery, a nourishing selection of food and some sublime specialty coffee, Ivy & Lark is set to establish itself as one of the best spots to refuel when on a shopping spree, or whenever you’re craving a satisfying cafe experience. more

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Bunker Coffee
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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best places for coffee as voted by you

For many of us, the most important people in our lives include (in no particular order) our significant other, our immediate family and our barista. We depend mightily on coffee slingers – they handle us at our uncaffeinated worst, they listen while we air our latest grievances and (most importantly) they know our coffee order. Brisbane is bursting at the seams with excellent coffee spots from the homely and quaint cafes to the striking specialty outfits. As part of the EAT/drink Awards last year, we asked you what the best coffee spot in Brisbane was, and you responded with a host of selections that is a testament to our diverse scene. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten vote-getters, giving you a definitive selection of Brisbane’s best. more


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Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers
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The round-up: the best BYO spots in Brisbane

Everyone agrees that any BYO restaurant is a great way to enjoy a bit of extra value while dining out, but many don’t know how many spots around town allow customers to bring their own drop. Not only are there plenty of restaurants where BYO is acceptable, but also several bars encourage patrons to BYO food and other eateries welcome patrons to bring their own drop on special nights of the week. We’ve compiled a handy list to help you make a choice of where to take that special bottle of pinot this weekend. more

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Loaded Food Co. brings its brand of nourishing nosh to Newstead
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Loaded Food Co. brings its brand of nourishing nosh to Newstead

When starting a new day it’s a good idea to load up on the necessities – a good cup of coffee, a nutritious lunch to fuel you up at lunchtime, and words of encouragement to see you through the day. For a few years Ashgrove locals have been getting all that and more from Loaded Food Co. on Waterworks road, and now there’s a new location that can give you all that and more. Loaded Food Co. is putting pep in the step of Newstead locals with its new pit stop, offering coffee, salads, snacks and smiles – as well as some more plans in the works that have us drooling with anticipation. more

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Cribb Street Social brings the whole culinary package to Milton
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Cribb Street Social brings the whole culinary package to Milton

If we told you about a venue that offered breakfast, lunch, dinner, tap beer, sublime barista-made coffee, top-shelf whisky and gin, a shady beer garden and a well-stocked charcuterie fridge, you’d accuse us of making up places that don’t exist. Rest assured, we’d never lie to you, our dear friends. This unicorn of an eatery exists and has a name – Cribb Street Social. Located in the heart of leafy Milton, Cribb Street Social is a new venue from the team behind inner-city staple Mr. Edward’s Alehouse & Kitchen, and offers a premium range of eats and drinks within a warm and friendly atmosphere. more

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Green is good at West End's new dedicated vegan cafe Grown
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Green is good at West End’s new dedicated vegan cafe Grown

It’s time to flip the script on plant-based cuisine. Yes, we all know the tired tropes attached to vegetarianism and veganism, but let’s be real – it’s 2017 and people can eat what they want. If you are an avowed abstainer of carnivorous eats or are simply seeking to try some inventive new cuisine, make it your priority to check out a schmick new cafe that has bloomed in the heart of West End. Grown does vegan cuisine better than many places do cuisine full stop, so do yourself a favour and get out of your comfort zone. Who knows, maybe plant-based cuisine will ‘grow’ on you. more

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Norman Park perks up with stylish sanctuary Clancy’s Espresso
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Norman Park perks up with stylish sanctuary Clancy’s Espresso

The local coffee bolthole is a must for any suburb, no matter how large or small. You know the kind of place we’re talking about – the spot where the barista knows your name and order, where the pour is consistent and satisfying. We’re talking about the kind of personal touch that you don’t quite get at the larger, inner-city eateries. Clancy’s Espresso is a new cafe and coffee nook situated in a prime position in Norman Park, offering all of the above as well as terrific specialty coffee, primo pastries, a classy fit-out and plans to become a hub for locals with a menu of satisfying grub. more

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Avid Kitchen & Garden adds a touch of tranquillity to West End's cafe scene
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Avid Kitchen & Garden adds a touch of tranquillity to West End’s cafe scene

There’s no better joy than snuggling up with a good book and a hot coffee, but imagine the enlivening pleasure of being able to enjoy both while surrounded by a lush, blooming garden. One of Brisbane’s best bookshops now boasts a new upbeat, community-minded cafe. Avid Kitchen & Garden has set up shop in the heart of West End’s Avid Reader, pairing wholesome cuisine with sublime coffee and a relaxing atmosphere, making it a veritable oasis within the bustling inner-south suburb. more

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Lucky Egg
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best cheap eats

Rent is due and you are still a few days away from getting your paycheque – but your stomach is growling and you need to feed as soon as possible for as cheap as possible. Instead of hitting the closest drive-thru and settling for fast food, there are plenty of places around town that offer cheap eats that are damn tasty. It’s time to get creative with how you spend your dollars – stretch your money by taking advantage of the following best value for money meals in Brisbane. more

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Pre-flight pampering – the best hidden gems at Brisbane Airport's International Terminal
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Pre-flight pampering – the best hidden gems at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal

If we had a dollar for every time we caught ourselves dreaming of a luxurious international holiday, we’d probably have enough money to jump on a plane tomorrow. We know we aren’t alone in our wistful daydreaming – Australians are some of the most avid travellers in the world. Those of you in the planning stages of an overseas holiday are likely well aware that you will have to arrive at the airport a few hours before your flight, which means you have some time to kill. You aren’t fated to idly flipping through your Instagram feed at your terminal for hours – there’s so much to do that you might not even be aware of. Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal has everything you need to while away the hours before your flight, turning layovers into ‘play’-overs and getting you amped for the fun ahead. more

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All grown up – Lady Marmalade shows off its sophisticated new look
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All grown up – Lady Marmalade shows off its sophisticated new look

She's got style, she's got grace, she's a winner. She's a lady! Whoa whoa whoa, she's a lady! That’s right – Stones Corner’s favourite corner cafe has undergone a significant makeover. For the past two and a half years, Lady Marmalade’s owners Sonja and Howard Searle have been feeding and watering locals of the inner south, and recently seized the opportunity to enhance their cafe’s offering tremendously. Lady Marmalade has reopened to the public with a fantastic new menu and a gorgeous fit-out that retains all of the heart, class and soul that has made it a beloved spot for locals. more

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The Brunswick Project brings boozy brunches and stellar service to New Farm
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The Brunswick Project brings boozy brunches and stellar service to New Farm

The formula for a great cafe is simple – good food, good coffee and good service is all it takes. Bringing together each element into a triangle of hospitality greatness is The Brunswick Project, a new eatery looking to have all three categories amply covered. Thanks to a menu of bangin’ breakfast bites, a brilliant Brunswick Street location and bright smiles on all of the staff, New Farm’s newest arrival is set to be your favourite spot to spend a summery morning. more