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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best cafes – as voted by you!

There's never been a better time to be a brunch lover or coffee craver in Brisbane. Our cafe scene is going from strength to strength, and now every suburb boasts a top-flight breakfast spot vying for the title of the city's best. It's a hard task definitively picking a top cafe, which is why we gave the task over to our readers! This year's EAT/drink Awards were some of the most hotly contested in recent memory, and the category of Brisbane's Best Cafe was naturally amongst the biggest vote getters. We've collated your votes and have assembled a list of Brisbane's ten best cafes, as decided by The Weekend Edition's readers! more

Bars
Palm Springs meets Acapulco at Fortitude Valley's Ivory Tusk
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Palm Springs meets Acapulco at Fortitude Valley’s Ivory Tusk

One of Fortitude Valley's popular mainstays is exchanging its rustic craft-beer bar aesthetic in favour of a colour-packed, Cali-Mex-inspired vibe. That's right – Woolly Mammoth Alehouse has undergone a shake-up, trimming away the shaggy fur and debuting with a fresh new cut as Ivory Tusk. The boozer is officially relaunching today, Thursday August 22, debuting its range of Mexican eats, a plethora of tap cocktails and lively atmosphere. more

Restaurants
An icon on the move – Mecca Bah opens at Gasworks Plaza
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An icon on the move – Mecca Bah opens at Gasworks Plaza

Since its inception, Mecca Bah has long been a go-to for those seeking a mix of North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. Its lengthy tenure at Fortitude Valley's Emporium precinct cemented it as a culinary institution, but even the most durable destinations are prone to a shake-up every once in a while. Earlier this year, Mecca Bah vacated its Fortitude Valley digs in favour of a fresh start as an anchor tenant of Gasworks Plaza's new dining extension. The new space quietly opened to the public last week, and already regulars are trekking to sample Mecca Bah 2.0's menu, which features all the popular favourites as well as a clutch of experimental newcomers. more

Restaurants
Rico Bar & Dining set to make its mark on Eagle Street Pier
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Rico Bar & Dining set to make its mark on Eagle Street Pier

Earlier this year, acclaimed fine-dining institution Aria officially shuttered after ten years of operation. After diners came to terms with the closure, much discussion has erupted over what will take over Aria's prime location at Eagle Street Pier. We can reveal that the space will soon be home to Rico Bar & Dining – a multi-faceted eatery from the crew behind George's Paragon Seafood Restaurant and Massimo Restaurant & Bar. Want to know more? Read on ... more

Casual Dining
Meat-free Mexican – El Planta takes tacos to new heights at Wandering Cooks
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Meat-free Mexican – El Planta takes tacos to new heights at Wandering Cooks

When it comes to culinary pop-ups, the humble taco stand is perhaps the most iconic. Street food doesn't get more beloved than this Mexican staple, so when we say one of Brisbane's best pop-up concepts hawks top-notch tacos, it's unlikely that you'll be surprised. However, there's much more to the story – El Planta at Wandering Cooks is Brisbane's first entirely plant-based Mexican concept, dishing out authentic (and addictive) flavours that are devoid of animal products. more


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Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 236 August 20
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 236 August 20

From news of a pop-up wine bar coming to West End to a Japanese dessert concept opening this week, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Treats
Gelato goes guilt-free – Noosa's Happy Pops arrives at South Bank
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Gelato goes guilt-free – Noosa’s Happy Pops arrives at South Bank

We know, winter hasn't bid us farewell just yet, but as far as we're concerned gelato is good all year round. A popular Noosa concept is delivering a tantalising take on popsicles and creamy gelato to South Bank this week, as Happy Pops sets up shop on Stanley Street Plaza. In addition to its range of artisanal frozen treats (all made using natural ingredients), Happy Pops is also bringing some beachy vibes to the bustling South Bank strip. Bring on the summer vibes! more

Bars
Lupa Pizza Bar
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best pizza joints

No meal is as versatile as pizza – it can cater to nearly any diet and taste and is easily made at home. Meat, cheese, sauce, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, meat – if you can dream it, your pizza can have it. Everyone has an opinion of where the best pizza in Brisbane can be found, so instead of simply adding our two cents to the definitive conversation, we decided to compile a list of the spots that do pizza exceptionally well. Check out the list below and then have yourself a pizza party! more

Restaurants
Louis Tikaram appointed head chef of forthcoming Cantonese eatery Stanley
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Louis Tikaram appointed head chef of forthcoming Cantonese eatery Stanley

The burgeoning riverside hub at Howard Smith Wharves has scored another big name for its culinary offering. Australian-born chef Louis Tikaram is returning home after an acclaimed stint overseas to take on the head chef role at forthcoming Cantonese restaurant and bar Stanley. After wowing diners in West Hollywood, the former Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year will be spearheading the anticipated eatery's debut offering when it opens in October. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 235 August 13
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 235 August 13

From news of a premium gelato spot opening in South Bank to an all-in-one brew lab, roastery and barista training centre in Paddington, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Restaurants
Za Za Ta | Brisbane restaurant | The Weekend Edition
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The Middle East meets the Mediterranean at stunning Fortitude Valley arrival ZA ZA TA

If you ask us, cultural collisions produce some of the most amazing culinary experiences. The best of these amalgamations do more than just cross-pollinate flavours – they also combine histories and traditions of each region, re-contextualising experiences and creating a harmonious blend of the best of each half. ZA ZA TA is one such glorious bonding. The anticipated restaurant officially opens today, Tuesday August 6, and seeks to plate up a soulful union of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines with a dynamic that showcases time-forged techniques and curious ingredient pairings. more

Bars
Sips, snacks and scenery – party with a heightened perspective at Altitude at Foresters
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Sips, snacks and scenery – party with a heightened perspective at Altitude at Foresters

Just under a month ago Foresters Restaurant and Bar made a big splash at the northern end of Brunswick Street. The revitalisation of its heritage-listed home marked a new age for the entertainment precinct's fringe, but the restaurant was only one half of the story. Perched six levels above terra firma, Altitude at Foresters is a swish rooftop cocktail-bar addition that is pairing incredible vistas across Fortitude Valley with luxe bottle-service vibes and modern Australian bar bites. more

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Steins at the ready – The Bavarian opens its brand-new beer hall at The Barracks
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Steins at the ready – The Bavarian opens its brand-new beer hall at The Barracks

From Brisbane City and Chermside to Broadbeach, Maroochydoore and Toowoomba, The Bavarian brand has become synonymous with cheerful, casual and comprehensive hospitality. Potentially the most beloved concept in Rockpool Dining Group's thriving portfolio, The Bavarian has blossomed from a quirky one-off Bavarian-themed beer bar into a juggernaut of steins, schnitzels and sausages. Petrie Terrace is the latest suburb to snag a beer hall of its own, with The Bavarian opening at The Barracks today, Friday August 2. more

Cafes
Florence Cafe | Best cafes in Camp Hill | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: elevate your brunch at the best cafes in Camp Hill

If any suburb was in the running for the title of Brisbane's brunch mecca, we reckon Camp Hill would have a good shot at the crown. The gorgeous inner-south community is flush with phenomenal coffee nooks and breakfast joints, each offering a brilliant take on morning fare. If you're unsure of where to start, we've assembled a quick hit list of some of Camp Hill's best cafes. more