With its many restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, Brisbane’s Caxton Street is almost a suburb in its own right. The surrounding streets add to the area’s appeal with boutique shopping, a charming theatre and first-rate pampering parlours. All you need to enjoy a day here is your own two feet and someone to point you in the right direction - we’re only too happy to help with the latter.
9am: Breakfast at Anouk
This local favourite specialises in all day breakfast, serving up its famous shakshuka baked eggs seven days a week from 6:30am. For something sweet try the bircher muesli with caramelised stone fruit, sweet nut dukkah and apple balsamic. It’s so delicious you’ll forget it’s good for you.
10:30am: Retail therapy
Given Terrace and LaTrobe Terrace are every shopper’s dream, boasting a large number of exclusive boutiques at every turn. They’re the kind of shops that provide a wonderful experience from the moment you step in the door, offering both flawless service and beautifully presented wares. Keep an eye out for Petrol Boutique, The Little Black Dress Shop, Olive Home and Green Tangerine. Paddington Antique Centre is also worth a visit and it’s incredibly easy to lose track of time as you comb through its unique collection of furniture, homewares and accessories.
12:30pm: Lunch at Darling & Co
A fairly recent addition to the Paddington social scene, Darling & Co has already made a name for itself with its beautiful spaces, delicious menu and excellent atmosphere. The philosophy here is on fresh, local and sustainable food and you can enjoy everything from ocean-fresh oysters to Bangalow pork belly. If you’re after something lighter, take a seat at the bar and enjoy share plates, salads and pizzas alongside a glass of Margaret River Riesling.
After lunch why not spend an hour or two being pampered by some of Brisbane’s best. Ladies will enjoy the impeccable nail and beauty services on offer at Brooklyn Beauty Bar, which are served up alongside a glass of champagne, and the boys will enjoy the traditional barber services at Jimmy Rod’s, whether they’re after a stylish new do or cut-throat shave.
4:30pm: Movie at Palace Barracks
Palace Cinema at The Barracks offers a wonderful collection of films, from current Hollywood blockbusters to foreign films and arthouse creations. The cinemas are fully licenced making them the perfect start to your evening.
7:00pm: Dinner at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
It’s hard to say no to dinner at Queensland’s most awarded seafood restaurant. This is a true icon of Brisbane’s fine dining scene and after one bite of your Moreton Bay Bug you’ll see why.
10:00pm: Nightcap at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall
Just next door to Gambaro’s you’ll find the gem that is Lefty’s: a stylish, atmospheric saloon bar with an impressively long drinks list and excellent live music. Sip a rye whiskey while you tap away to jazz or rockabilly under the vintage chandeliers.
11:00pm: Sleep at Gambaro Hotel
Enjoy a night of luxury at the beautiful Gambaro Hotel, just two doors down. Boasting elegant interiors, modern amenities and impeccable services, you’ll feel like royalty from the moment you step inside.
9am: Breakfast at Kettle & Tin
After a great night’s sleep, head to this local café for a deliciously decadent end to your stay. Try the smashed avocado on toast for a more traditional meal or, if you’re feeling adventurous order the African-style pilau which comes with slow braised lamb, quinoa and mint yoghurt. The coffee is also delicious and might be just the pick me up you need after last night’s festivities.