Sol Breads is *the* place to stock up on Sunday morning goodies for the park - a great cappuccino and a loaf of banana bread; the best almond crossaints in Brisbane; loaves of freshly-baked organic sourdough. A warm, open atmosphere and amazing wholesome food makes this a family fave!
Sol Breads tips:
1. Keep a loaf of banana bread (or 2) in your freezer for emergencies
2. Try the mushroom arancini, the crossaints, the orange date loaf and the vegan chocolate pumpkin cake. Not all at the same time.
3. If you're from outside Australia, buy your child a 'babycino'. Life will never be the same.
4. While you're there, pop into the Lifeline book store next door. Amazing book thrifting!
5. Perrin Park, a short drive away, is one of the best parks in Brisbane. Take your coffee there and let the kids run off their babycino.
My Side of Brisbane
This is a list about where I live - the favourite places I've collected in my 9+ years in beautiful, subtropical Brisbane, Australia. My hometown faves include suburban cafes with awesome atmosphere, quiet walks outside the tourist circuit, and the best organic farmers market in Queensland. I can't wait to share my city with you!
The Toowong Cemetary is a quiet expanse of grass and trees, sloping up from the busy freeway into leafy residential neighbourhoods. It's a significant hike from bottom to top, but the views are worth it. Few tourists visit, but there's a lot of history to be seen here ... including, perhaps, the burial site of Jack the Ripper ...
The cemetary is near the Mt Cootha Botanical gardens and the Mt Cootha viewpoint, which are also worth a visit. I recommend a twilight walk at the Cemetary, followed by a sunset | nightfall beer outside at the restaurant on top of Mt Cootha.
It doesn't get better than this - the hundred acre bar at the St Lucia Golf Course is my favourite place to
a) sip coffee and work on my laptop
b) enjoy a beer with jazz on sunny Sunday afternoons
c) drink wine and play Scrabble by the fire
The cafe overlooks the golf course, is open and airy, and has great food and drinks. Plus cooking classes! Bring the kids, too - the staff provide colouring stuff, and there's plenty of running space outside.
Whenever we travel - and we do that a *lot* - we try to find a house or cabin or apartment via the website HomeAway. It allows us to unpack our bags, explore grocery stores for local goodies on occasion, and get to know a place like a resident. You can stay in cosy townhouses in the middle of town, or large family homes in the 'burbs. We've done both, and loved both! We've also hired wood-stove-heated cabins in the mountains and beach shacks.
The website has properties worldwide. Explore!
Tucked away in a community garden | park, the Northey Street Farmers Markets are THE place to buy organic produce in Brisbane. Every Sunday morning, local farmers, bakers, butchers, artisans and more set up shop at Northey Street between 6-10:30am or so. There's fab food and coffee, and an organic nursery to stock up your garden.
Don't miss the Chai Cafe - with fresh-made chai and tire swing for the kids!
The City Farm itself regularly runs permaculture courses and other grower | organic food-lover events.
Tucked away on the squeezy Taringa section of Moggill Road, this is a gem of a Japanese restaruant, and our favourite local dinner spot.
Authentic in food, decor and service with an unmissable steamed veggie + sesame dish, I recommend you book ahead to score one of the cozy up-front tables. Order tea, ice-cold beer, plum wine, and settle in for sushi, miso, hot dishes and a mean green tea ice cream.
You might see us there - we'll be the family of three playing 'Go-Fish' and fighting over the salmon "shoo-shee" (as our 5yo calls it).