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The round-up: chomp your way through Brisbane's best cookies
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The round-up: chomp your way through Brisbane’s best cookies

While we are crazy for cakes, go bonkers for brownies and drool over danishes, cookies hold a special place in our heart. There's never been a better time to be a cookie lover, with numerous bakeries and sweet shops pumping out trays of chunky choc-chip-filled cookies, buttery biscuits and sprinkle-coated wonders. If you've got a hankering for cookies, use this list to track down some of Brisbane's best. more

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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month

As we move through April and into May, it’s hard to ignore the slight chill in the air. We can feel it in the mornings and as the sun sets, that sensation letting us know that winter is oh-so close. But we’re not letting a slight temperature drop keep us from getting out and about – there are too many new places to check out! April was a big month for newbies, from a charming West End bistro where Queensland produce reigns supreme to a Fortitude Valley cafe slinging plate-sized pancakes loaded with drool-worthy toppings. more

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French fare lets its hair down at DUCKFAT, the new perspective-shifting concept from the La Belle Vie team
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French fare lets its hair down at DUCKFAT, the new perspective-shifting concept from the La Belle Vie team

How well do you really know French food? Most fine-dining fans are well-versed in France's excellence when it comes to haute cuisine, with its fastidious presentation and meticulous technicality. But what about the more casual end of French cuisine? Brand-new eatery DuckFat is giving diners a glimpse at the possibilities of French fare without the white tablecloths, serving up the likes of buttery escargot, steak frites, French-style pizzas and foie gras in a grungy, pink-accented space in Newstead. Come and take a peek ... more

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Komeyui, Spring Hill | Brisbane's best omakase experiences
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The round-up: the best omakase experiences in Brisbane

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, omakase is regarded as the country's culinary pinnacle. Translated to “I leave it up to you,” omakase sees diners place their trust in the skilled hands of the chef, who prepares a set menu of seasonal specialties. No two omakase menus are entirely the same, with chefs often electing to showcase high-end of-the-moment ingredients in innovative and surprising forms. Omakase dining is growing in popularity across the country, with a number of wonderful Brisbane restaurants offering this premium epicurean experience. We've collated a quick list of the venues where you can enjoy omakase right now – here's who made the cut ... more

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The round-up: here's the best hot cross buns in Brisbane
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The round-up: here’s the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Easter is the season of indulgence – so when it comes to celebrating with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries fiercely compete for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other delicious ingredients. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns. more

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Anita Gelato | Brisbane's best gelato and ice-cream
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The round-up: get a sublime scoop at Brisbane’s best gelato and ice-cream spots

When the temperatures rise and air-conditioning units activate all over Brisbane, it's safe to assume that gelato weather has arrived. This summer has been particularly scorching, so it's only fair that we treat ourselves to some ultra-cold, creamy and delicious ice-cream to help us cope. Brisbane has a great selection of gelaterias and ice-cream parlours across town. If you're keen to brave the heat to get your fix of gelato or ice-cream, be sure to equip yourself with knowledge before hand. This is our list of Brisbane's best! more

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The round-up: celebrate margarita month in style by knocking back some of Brisbane's best
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The round-up: celebrate margarita month in style by knocking back some of Brisbane’s best

The margarita – the cocktail so nice there's a whole month dedicated to it. Margarita Month is officially underway, and with it being the last month of summer, what better time to make sure you've ticked Brisbane's best margarita spots off your must-try list. We've rounded-up a selection of Brisbane tin shakers that make a mean marg – from the salt-rimmed wonders to tongue-tingling Tommy's and beyond ... more


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Etna | Brisbane's best pizza
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The round-up: savour a slice or two from 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

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The round-up: tantalise your tastebuds at Brisbane's best Thai restaurants
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The round-up: tantalise your tastebuds at Brisbane’s best Thai restaurants

Any cuisine that can plate up fiery curries, saucy noodle dishes and zesty salads has our immediate vote, so you can only imagine how much we love Thai cuisine. Give it to us takeaway, or sit us down for a dine-in experience – either way we’re always ready to take on some Thai. Brisbane is flush with incredible Thai eateries, from flash restaurants to hole-in-the-wall neighbourhood joints. Everyone has their preferred spot, but we’ve endeavoured to collate as many as we can into a list of what we hear is the best. If you’re reading this on an empty stomach, be prepared to pick up an unshakable craving for Thai right about now … more

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The year in review: Brisbane’s best bar openings of 2023
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The year in review: Brisbane’s best bar openings of 2023

From izakaya-style vinyl bars slinging sake negronis and back-alley boozers playing 80s rock 'n' roll until 3:00 am, to concealed laneway bars where martinis reign supreme, and neighbourhood pubs serving craft suds with a side of Australiana, Brisbane's bar scene welcomed a diverse crop of newcomers this year. We're raising a glass to the Class of 2023, offering up our picks for the year's best new wine bars, breweries and cocktail spots. more

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The year in review: Brisbane’s best cafe openings of 2023
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The year in review: Brisbane’s best cafe openings of 2023

As the final weeks of 2023 sees Brisbane shifting gears into holiday mode, we're getting ready to reflect on what the past 12 months have brought us. While this year wasn't a huge one for brand-new brunch slingers, it was big on sandwiches, bakeries and boutique coffee spots. We've collated a list of what we think are some of the year's best new cafe openings, from the viral sensations to the quiet achievers. In no particular order, here are our picks ... more

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The year in review: Brisbane’s best restaurant openings of 2023
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The year in review: Brisbane’s best restaurant openings of 2023

This year was one for the history books, as far as Brisbane's restaurant scene was concerned. Big-name players from interstate planted flags north of the border, while local icons continued to prove why Brisbane is now seen as a world-class food city by many. Italian cuisine was big (again), as was steak – but innovation and rule bending was also huge trend of Brisbane dining over the past 12 month. If this stacked list of our picks for Brisbane's best restaurant openings of 2023 is anything to go by, this year is going to be hard to top. Read on to see why ... more

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The round-up: what restaurants and bars are open on Monday night in Brisbane
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The round-up: what restaurants and bars are open on Monday night in Brisbane

If you’ve never experienced the Monday blues then you must be a robot. Just kidding (sort of), but starting the work week after the dizzying delights of the weekend can be a little bit soul destroying. Our solution is to extend some more of that fun into Monday. “How?”, we hear you ask. Simple – book in for dinner out one Monday night. Brisbane’s not as sleepy as it used to be. These days there are countless venues that are open for Monday-night trading, from fine-dining institutions to reliable neighbourhood eateries (and more than a few bars, too). If you want to line up a hot dinner date before the week gets too hectic, or if you're in hospo and are looking to make the most of your weekend, check out Brisbane’s Monday night scene and see what’s open using this handy list. more

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Industry Beans | Best cafes, bars and restaurants in Newstead
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The round-up: here are Newstead’s best cafes, bars and restaurants

Recent years have seen Newstead evolve into a nexus of high-end hospitality, rivalling The City and Fortitude Valley as Brisbane's go-to dining destination. From izakaya-style vinyl bars, widely regarded breweries and flame-powered eateries to coffee-slinging outposts from nationally regarded roasters, if there's one spot guaranteed to deliver great nosh, it's Newstead. We've gathered our favourite cafes, bars and restaurants in the area into one handy list – here are our picks ... more

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1889 Enoteca | Brisbane's best pasta | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: where to sample Brisbane’s best pasta

We owe a huge amount of thanks to Italy. Without their historic culinary influence we wouldn’t have pasta, and if we didn’t have pasta, we’d have a massive gap in our diet. Brisbane is home to a plethora of Italian-inspired eateries that vie for the title of Brisbane’s Best. We couldn’t possibly crown a winner, but we can clue you in to some of the best. Here are some of our picks for Brisbane's best pasta spots. more

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Sunsets Rooftop | Brisbane's best rooftop bars | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: soak up sun or starlight at the best rooftop bars in Brisbane

When the weather is turning it on, there's no better feeling than getting elevated. We love flocking to our closest rooftop bar, getting sky high and soaking up the rays while taking in a killer view. Brisbane's skyline is slowly filling in with some top-notch rooftop bars, and we've taken it upon ourselves to list some of Brisbane's best. Forget your fear of heights – once you take in the vistas at these elevated haunts, you'll never want to come back down to earth. more

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Greca | Brisbane's best Greek restaurants
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best Greek restaurants

Opa! Greek food is – without a doubt – one of the most inventive and flavoursome cuisines in the world. Succulent souvlakis, delicious dolmades, crispy calamari, helpings of haloumi – these are some all-time favourites, but they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Greek feasts. Brisbane boasts a mighty fine selection of Greek restaurants to choose from, so we figured we’d save you the hassle of looking and list our picks right here, right now. more

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The round-up: navigate The Valley like a pro with our BIGSOUND survival guide
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The round-up: navigate The Valley like a pro with our BIGSOUND survival guide

From September 5–8, some of the best up-and-coming bands on the Australian music landscape and hundreds of industry big-wigs will descend on Fortitude Valley for BIGSOUND, the southern hemisphere's largest music industry gathering. For three days and nights, The Valley's amazing cluster of music venues will come alive with song and the streets themselves will buzz with activity. If you're in town to take part in BIGSOUND's conference, are a band performing gigs as part of the live showcase or are a music-loving local simply keen to catch some acts on stage, you'll want to have a list of food and drink spots handy for quick reference. Introducing our BIGSOUND Survival Guide, wherein we list our favourite venues for coffee and breakfast, lunch pit stops, high-roller dinners and late-night party palaces. more

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ZA ZA TA | Brisbane's best vegan spots
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The round-up: fill up on goodness at Brisbane’s best vegan spots

Put your presuppositions in the bin – plant-based food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax – we aren’t here to sway you to veganism. What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out Brisbane’s best vegan spots well worth sampling. more