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A local’s guide to Brisbane: Kim Barnard from The Urban List

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Kim Barnard from The Urban List has got both ears to the ground and knows enough city secrets to fill a guidebook twice. Here she gives us a little taste of her favourite Brisbane hot spots.

Dining out

Tucked away in super-cool Burnett Lane, The Survey Co. whispers of history. Exposed brick, wooden beams, and an old elevator shaft doubling as a hidden dining nook, pair perfectly with soft leather menus embossed with topographical insignia. The food is simple but utterly delicious and the atmosphere is relaxed. Head to the courtyard and enjoy a wine as the nights get warmer. And order the gnocchi. Trust me.

Watering Hole

The Laneway is a cool little hideaway within the city, offering creative cocktails and boutique beers, an eclectic wine list, and an extensive range of spirits. I would also be remiss not to mention the impressive bar menu – burgers, hot dogs, and onion rings that will knock your socks off.

Caffeine Fix

I’m a sucker for anything new, and when you attach Philip Johnson’s (of iconic Brisbane restaurant, E’cco Bistro) name to it, I get even more excited. Take the escalator to level one of Eagle Street’s shiny new digs, One One One, and you’ll find Espresso One Eleven (eds note: business now closed). The perfect place for a coffee break.

Breakfast of champions

New Farm institution, Au Cirque, is one of those places that, years after opening, still attracts a loyal crowd of brunching enthusiasts who, come the weekend, will patiently wait to snag a table at this cosy, inner-city haunt. With its snug fit out, all-day-brekkie option, and perfectly brewed Genovese coffee, it’s your one-stop weekend café. One of my all-time favourites.

Date night

Libertine | A local's guide to Brisbane

Keen for a romantic night out? Head to Libertine to try their MonDATE night banquet – $85 will get you and your sweetheart five delicious courses, as well as two tickets to catch a flick at Palace cinemas afterwards.

Weekend activity

Jan Powers Farmers Market

Make the most of Brisbane’s beautiful weather and spend a morning wandering around one of our many great markets. Whether you’re after some fresh fruit and veg, organic meat, gluten-free goodies, or fabulous fashion, or you’re just in the mood for a sticky beak, there is something for everyone. Check out Jan Powers Farmers Markets, West End Markets, BrisStyle Indie Designer Market and The Valley Markets for starters.


In the mood for something special? Esquire is Queensland’s first three-hat restaurant and was awarded Restaurant of The Year by the Queensland Good Food Guide… so you know it’s going to be impressive. Offering an amazing degustation experience, expect deliciously eccentric dishes like blue swimmer crab with macadamia and coffee. Challenging your taste buds, the Esquire team always manage to make the most obscure flavour combinations taste amazing. A real treat.