Danica Voll | 10 September 2018

Brisbane may already be brimming with foodie hotspots, but that doesn't mean we won't welcome with open arms the arrival of some new ones! 

Three Blue Ducks, W Hotel
Level 3/81 North Quay, Brisbane City
Yes, it’s true! Our favourite Byron Bay restaurant has finally made it’s way up to Brisbane calling the new W Hotel home. Mixing Queensland vibrant yet laid-back culture with their paddock to plate ethos, you can expect a whole lot of fresh, local and ethically sourced food that is packed full of bold flavours and colour.

X Cargo
37 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
Have you seen those huge shipping containers coming down McLachlan Street in the Valley? Yep, that is X Cargo. This social hub is an open-air space that is practically a big kids playground: three bars, a café, rooftop terraces, a commercial kitchen, tropical garden areas and plenty of seating. Inspired by the 1970’s Miami, the place is decked out in pastel colours, lots of greenery and an epic-ley large pink flamingo feature wall. Need we say more?

El Rosa, Fortitude Valley 
85 James Street, Fortitude Valley
You may have already seen this gorgeous pink paradise popping up all over Instagram, and that is probably because it is SO BLOODY BEAUTIFUL! Taking over the space behind Arc + Family’s James Street store, El’ Rosa is a garden wonderland decked out with Arc + Family’s iconic pots, lush greenery, white trimmings, neon signs and of course, plenty of pastel pinks. When it’s not being used for events, you can stop by during the day for a coffee and bite to eat including doughnuts by Karlees Kupcakes, unicorn hot chocolates and Rose or Lavender water by Madame Dry.

California Lane
Corner of Brunswick & McLachlan Street
An institution in the 1950's for locals and travellers, California Cafe has now been resurrected into the new urban 'California Lane'. Incorporating retro elements like neon signs, pastel walls and artwork that will make you super nostalgic, you can expect to find plenty of local favourites nestled amongst it - Cali style.

81 N Quay, Brisbane City
This spectacular Italian bar and dining is brought to you by the same group that brought us Black Hide Steakhouse and Gambaro's! Inspired by the iconic film La Dolce Vita, the venue offers breezy alfresco dining with absolutely gorgeous views of our Brisbane skyline. We're talking panoramic views people! If that wasn't enough, the menu is packed with traditional Italian dishes that incorporate a variety of staples from different regions of Italy with a Modern Australian twist that'll leave you saying ancora per favore.

Hôntô, Fortitude Valley 
Alden St, Fortitude Valley
From the legends behind LONgTIME comes its even moodier sibling Hôntô. Tucked away in a gritty Valley street, Hôntô is made up of a whisky bar ÔÔ, raw dining bar and main dining room. Fitted out with black (including the walls and ceiling), there are actually only 2 tables in the restaurant… but they are HUGE! The menu divided into Raw, Bites, Bigs and Greens, the menu is designed to mix ‘n’ match with your dining companions, meaning you get to try a little bit of everything.

King Crab Co 
161 Oxford Street, Bulimba
Let the new era of ‘crab in a bag’ begin! Opening its doors on Oxford Street, this American-styled crab house is offering a reimaged take on classic seafood boils. Specialising in the classic Louisiana ‘crab in a bag’ (including Alaskan King Crab and Jonah Crab claws) the menu is also packed with classic dishes like Lobster Rolls, Beef Short Ribs, Burgers, Portuguese chicken, sides and plenty of desserts. Bibs and gloves at the ready people!

Florence Cafe
54 Martha Street, Camp Hill
Taking over the space that was previously Café Grenadine, Florence Café is a super cute café that has our favourite thing in the whole world… an all-day breakfast menu! Serving up wholesome and nourishing food from the insides of their 1930s white cottage, much of the produce on the menu can be purchased from the cafe’s deli - think sauerkraut, nut cheeses, kimchi, homemade jam and pickled vegetables! 

Ole Restaurant and The Sangria Bar
B12 Little Stanley St, South Brisbane
While technically not a new restaurant, they have just launched their brand-new space which we can safely say is muy bello! Previously back-to-back venues, the revamp has amalgamated them into one Spanish locale with a vibrant new look, but the same delicious Spanish food.


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