Where to eat and drink during the Brisbane Writers Festival
Lit lovers, take note – the Brisbane Writers Festival is almost upon us! While you’re busy feeding your mind with enriching thoughts and inspo, it’s important that you don’t forget to feed your actual body as well. We’ve had a scout around town to bring you the best places to eat, drink and unwind during the Brisbane Writers Festival, all within walking distance to the action.
Breakfast is a crucial element to a good weekend – fuel up for your Brisbane Writers Festival experience with these perfect day-starters. For those who can’t start the day without a coffee, hightail it to Pourboy Espresso for some of the most sublime java in town (there’s even nitro coffee taps). Location and deliciousness combine at the conveniently located Gauge, where you can enjoy award-winning fare and coffee a stone’s throw from the festival. Coffee with a conscience is an excellent vibe – head to the not-for-profit social enterprise Hope Street Cafe for a cuppa and a feed that go towards helping the less fortunate.
Munch on lunch
A break between sessions offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in some midday feasting and we know just where to do it. Nourish your bod with a fresh-as-heck poke bowl or sushi burrito from Suki, nab very affordable (and tasty) Vietnamese takeaway from Mrs Luu’s, wrap your mitts around some juicy buns from Neil Perry’s Burger Project or even settle in for a Middle Eastern feast at local favourite Naïm on Melbourne. For something a bit cute, order a charcuterie picnic from Malt Traders then go sit in the parklands and devour it in the sun.
Treat yo’ self
Craving a little 3:00 pm treat time? We’ve got you covered there, pal! Celebrate spring vibes with a trip to Gelato Messina (good luck trying to choose between flavours), or head to Tapi for a bubble tea or shake topped with fairy floss and brownies. If you can’t decide what you’re in the mood for, go for the trinity of Mr Fitz, Chester Street and Doughnut Time on Grey Street – from ice-cream to cheesecake, there’s something to please everyone. For those who appreciate fresh fare, the snacks at Stone Artisan Bakers are sure to satisfy.
Dine after dark
Whether you’re just about to head in or have just finished up, we know where to go for Brisbane Writers Festival dinner delights. Fish Lane and its surrounds are teeming with options for every craving – carnivores would do well to hit up Big Roddy’s Rippin’ Rib Shack for a finger-lickin’ feast, get fresh with zesty Vietnamese from Hello Please or try the deservedly hyped offering from Julius Pizzeria. If sharing is your vibe, get some Pan-Asian with your pals at Junk or go to Mucho Mexicano for a group chow session. Another great option for groups is Jo-Jo’s, the Stefan staple that offers up a little bit of everything on its expansive menu.
Between the bars
Some of the best writers from history were famous for enjoying a tipple of two, so why not follow in their footsteps? If you really want to channel your inner literary hero, a cocktail at Maker is a must – this pint-sized bar has a staff that can whip up truly heavenly concoctions. Vino fans best pencil in a trip to La Lune Wine Co, where you can find more than 120 different varieties of the good stuff plus an eve-changing menu of delicious European fare. If you just want to knock the froth off a cold one, Saccharomyces Beer Cafe is the place to do it – 10 taps pour a rotating range of frosty brews.
This is just the tip of the iceberg – for the full list of where you satiate your foodie whims during the festival, head to our Stumble Guide. Psst … you can win the ultimate Brisbane Writers Festival VIP experience on us right over here.
The Stumble Guide is our comprehensive Brisbane dining guide with more than 1800 places to eat, drink, shop and play.