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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the current lockdown
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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the current lockdown

Well, there we go, folks. Queensland’s three-day snap lockdown has been extended until at least 4:00 pm on Sunday August 8 – that means we’ve got a whole lot more time spent indoors on the cards. While we bide our time and wait for eventual freedom, spare a thought for the cafes, bars and restaurants doing it tough. If you’ve got a bit of cash to splash, consider getting a takeaway treat from your favourite local eatery! Whether you’re craving a coffee, have a hankering for a greasy burger or you’re just down to support your local, keep reading to find out how and where you can score some of Brisbane’s best takeaway bites and beverages during lockdown. more

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Beloved New Farm cafe Joedy's expands with new Fortitude Valley locale Joedy's by Eminence
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Beloved New Farm cafe Joedy’s expands with new Fortitude Valley locale Joedy’s by Eminence

If a cafe can survive a pandemic-induced lockdown the week it opens to the public, it can probably survive anything. In the case of New Farm brunch spot Joedy's Cafe, it not only survived, but thrived. The beloved hideaway managed to successfully navigate Brisbane's early lockdown period, going on to flourish into a perpetually busy hive of epicurean activity. Joedy's Cafe's reputation has spread to the team at Mosaic Property Group, which has enlisted the team to bring an expansion concept to the base of The Eminience on McLachlan Street in Fortitude Valley. In addition to delivering the cafe's established menu of classics and grab-and-go goodies, Joedy's by Eminence is also overseeing the building's private rooftop event space – a sky terrace boasting stunning city views and an array of eats and drinks curated and executed by the Joedy's team. more

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Stock up on locally made goodies – and enjoy a delicious breakfast, too – at Woolloongabba's Musketeers Cafe
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Stock up on locally made goodies – and enjoy a delicious breakfast, too – at Woolloongabba’s Musketeers Cafe

The slice of Stanley Street that runs near the Mater Hospital has plenty to offer Woolloongabba locals (think chic rooftop bars, low-key music lounges and boozy beer gardens) – all it was missing was a reliable brunch and coffee spot. That all changed on Saturday July 24 when Musketeers Cafe opened in a gorgeous brick building alongside the strip's established locales. Not only can guests enjoy hot cups of caffeinated joy, but they can also park their posteriors in front of a plate of vegan- or vegetarian-friendly goodness. Take a look inside ... more

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The round-up: start your day the right way at one of Brisbane’s best breakfast spots
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The round-up: start your day the right way at one of Brisbane’s best breakfast spots

Brisbane, it’s time to wake up and smell the bacon. Breakfast is one of, if not the most important, meals of the day, so it’s crucial that it’s enjoyed correctly. Whether you’re partial to pancakes or have a hankering for hash cakes, Brisbane’s breakfast scene has got something for you to devour. Although the title of best breakfast in Brisbane is one we don't have the authority to assign, we've got no qualms about sharing the love for some we believe to be among the city's frontrunners. If you’re looking to bolster your breakfast game this weekend, have a peep at this list of Brisbane’s best breakfast spots! more

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To Be Or Not To Be, a new Shakespeare-inspired stunner, opens in Westlake
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To Be Or Not To Be, a new Shakespeare-inspired stunner, opens in Westlake

When Hamlet uttered the iconic phrase "to be, or not to be", there's no doubt he was contemplating matters far more serious than brunch. But when it comes to new Westlake eatery To Be Or Not To Be, the only question we need to concern ourself with is "to eat, or not to eat"? It's not even a question, really. The fetching cafe's menu is a trove of tantalising tempters – the kind of fare that would even have the Bard himself waxing rhapsodically about its enlivening properties. Read on to see what this newcomer has in store ... more

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Stafford Heights welcomes Enoki Coffee & Co. and its range of artisanal coffee and inclusive eats
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Stafford Heights welcomes Enoki Coffee & Co. and its range of artisanal coffee and inclusive eats

Over the recent lockdown-abbreviated weekend, clusters of mask-wearing Stafford Heights locals were spotted congregating around the takeaway window of Farrant Street's newest resident Enoki Coffee & Co. The newly-opened cafe made the most of its arrested opening weekend, slinging bagels and barista-brewed coffee all while spreading word of its vegetarian- and vegan-friendly ethos and inclusive approachability to all comers. This week the Enoki team opened for dine-in service, debuting a menu that offers plenty of enticing options for herbivores and the cruciferous curious. more

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Under the Brisbane sun – the best outdoor date spots to wine and dine your beloved in The City
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Under the Brisbane sun – the best outdoor date spots to wine and dine your beloved in The City

Cuffing season is well and truly here, friends. You know, that time of year when the temperature starts to drop, so those single folk among us seek out a special someone to snuggle up to in the cooler months. Whether your boo is new or you've been snuggling for a while, the love rush usually ramps up during the cooler months, making it one of the best times to take your flame out and about to soak up the spectacular winter weather. Here are some of the best sun-soaked outdoor date spots in Brisbane to hit up, whether you're down for a coffee and a croissant, a long lunch by the waterfront or cocktails while you watch the sun set. more

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The round-up: the biggest foodie openings of the year (so far) – plus more to look forward to!
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The round-up: the biggest foodie openings of the year (so far) – plus more to look forward to!

Can you believe we're almost halfway through the year? We know, it's a bit uncomfortable to think about, but that's what happens when you've been too busy enjoying all of the exciting things happening in and around Brisbane, especially in its dining scene! So far the year has seen big openings from established operators, the emergence of some exciting upstarts and the revitalisation of old favourites – each new arrival adding something special to the city's culinary landscape. We're taking the opportunity to catch our breath, look back at the year so far and reflect on the best openings of 2021 to date! more


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The Granite Belt comes to Brisbane with cafe and wine bar Balance & Blend
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The Granite Belt comes to Brisbane with cafe and wine bar Balance & Blend

Southeast Queensland wines are having a moment right now, with the Granite Belt in particular vying for a place among Australia's wine-growing pantheon alongside the likes of the Margaret River, Adelaide Hills and the Hunter Valley. One homegrown operation leading the charge for recognition is Balancing Heart Winery, a picturesque estate near Girraween that is peddling primo handcrafted and textural vino crafted from grapes grown in the rich soil of the Granite Belt. Before it seeks to build its name nationally, the winery is looking to first win hearts closer to home with its new cafe-meets-cellar-door Balance & Blend, which opened in Coorparoo last week. more

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New kid on the block – Wilston Village welcomes winsome coffee and chow spot Clementine
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New kid on the block – Wilston Village welcomes winsome coffee and chow spot Clementine

From burger joints and pizza spots to neighbourhood pubs and homely cafes, Wilston Village is already a treasure trove of excellent eats. That doesn't mean there isn't room for more – as far as we're concerned, you can never have too many options. Today the buzzing hub welcomed a newcomer into its midst, with airy and accommodating eatery Clementine charming the pants off locals with its cracking selection of sincere and seasonally focused staples. Read on for an introduction to Wilston's approachable addition ... more

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The round-up: what's open on ANZAC Day 2021
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The round-up: what’s open on ANZAC Day 2021

After the hectic Easter long-weekend festivities, it’s easy to forget that we have another public holiday right around the corner. ANZAC Day is here, so it’s a good idea to plan accordingly. If you plan to spend your long weekend catching up with family and friends, it’s handy to know that there are places around town that will be open. We've found the spots around Brisbane that are trading on the ANZAC Day public holiday this Monday April 26 – so if you need a coffee, some brunch or an arvo tipple, this is the place to find it. more

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Sustainability, seasonality and locally sourced staples a fixture at Kenmore's Good Grace
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Sustainability, seasonality and locally sourced staples a fixture at Kenmore’s Good Grace

Brunch is great in and of itself, but our gourmandising experience is always improved when we know where everything on our plate has come from. Kenmore newcomer Good Grace is an eatery that's all about going to bat for local growers and suppliers, with a menu of scrumptious house-made fare prepared with native ingredients (much of which is sourced from nearby micro-farms) and sustainably grown fair-trade coffee on offer. more

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Now open – Nodo expands its brunch and doughnut empire with new Hawthorne cafe
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Now open – Nodo expands its brunch and doughnut empire with new Hawthorne cafe

Few things can brighten our day quite like a gluten-free doughnut from Nodo. Also, nothing makes our week like hearing that Nodo has opened in Hawthorne! That's right – the incredibly popular cafe and gluten-free doughnut dispensary has unveiled its slick new digs on Hawthorne Road, bringing along its full range of brilliant brunch bites, invigorating coffee and, you guessed it, its range of no-dough doughnuts. Take a peek inside ... more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend

Well, it was touch-and-go for a few days there, but it seems like Easter is going ahead for 2021! While it's perfectly acceptable to stay in and devour chocolate for four days straight, we know many of you are itching to enjoy some real food and drink. Thankfully you don’t need to go on hunt to find places open over the 2021 Easter long weekend – you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a lengthy list of places that will be trading from Good Friday to Easter Monday, from coffee spots to restaurants and everything in between. more

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Munch on tip-top toasties at Woolloongabba's new snack spot Kould Be Anywhere
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Munch on tip-top toasties at Woolloongabba’s new snack spot Kould Be Anywhere

Sure, you've probably had plenty of toasted sandwiches in your lifetime, but have you ever had a toastie made for you by a chef with Michelin-starred experience? That's the sort of experience you're in for a Kould Be Anywhere – the brand-new coffee and snack spot from Scott Webster. This cosy nook is not only raising the standard for grab-and-go eats, but is also doubling as a showroom of sorts for Scott's hireable culinary skills and his style of memorable private-dining events. more

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Nodo | Brisbane's best hot cross buns | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. 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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Changing the game – The Coffee Commune opens in Bowen Hills
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Changing the game – The Coffee Commune opens in Bowen Hills

Even after a bumpy year, the coffee industry is thriving. These days the standard of quality is incredibly high, meaning new entrants have to be on the ball in order to be successful. This can be a tough task for small cafes and roasting businesses, which often don't have easy access to professional resources, but The Coffee Commune is setting out to change this. Operating with the goal of helping the little guys, this newly open coffee hub is providing everything from networking opportunities with suppliers and barista-training sessions to hands-on time with roasting apparatus and mentoring programs. The Coffee Commune officially opened this week – read on to have a look inside this caffeine-centric wonderland ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Albion's Craft'd Grounds reveals details of its forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct
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Pavement Whispers: Albion’s Craft’d Grounds reveals details of its forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct

If we told you there was a venue in Brisbane that housed a craft-beer brewery, specialty espresso bar, street food and farmers market, patisserie, wine and cocktail bar, and live-music facilities, you'd probably say that such a unicorn-like venue didn't exist. You'd be technically right, but not for long! Today, Wednesday March 17, the team behind Craft'd Grounds is revealing the first details of its forthcoming 2600-sqm all-in-one hospitality hub. Here's what we know ... more