Since moving Showroom downtown I've discovered that beyond the bustling high streets and arcades, our CBD's burgeoning foodie and independent retail culture is sprouting a new crop of cool. I'm really proud of this guides to the best among those hidden gems. Anwyn and I had a lot of fun photographing and putting together this brochure in collaboration with 7 other brilliant businesses tucked down alleys and up staircases... For those of you living here or planing a visit, you're most welcome to Download our free guide to the hottest spots you’ve probably never heard of.
104 Edward St
Showroom is a concept store featuring an eclectic curation of design wares made by local and international artisans. Perched in the upstairs loft of a beautifully restored 1880s building shared with La Bon Choix, Showroom is the ideal shop to find gifts for your friends and treasures for yourself.
1/105 Albert St
In the gentlemen’s street
style category,Apartment is Brisbane’s go-to source.Their forward-thinking collection includes brands like Comme des Garçons, Kenzo and Head Porter – just to name a few. Find them upstairs next to Violent Green.
109 Edward St
There’s a little piece of Modern Italy in every thriving city – Brisbane included. Down the flight of modest stairs in the Metro Arts building is the scrumptious, vegan-friendly Verve Restaurant – also the city’s coolest artisan cider house. Bet you didn’t expect that combination!
8. VIOLENT GREEN
1/105 Albert St
Sharing their Albert St loft space with Apar tment, Violent Green houses a curated range of respected Australian and international fashion labels. The store has developed a strong cult following among Brisbane’s style set, and strives to stay true, stay young and not be dictated to.
1. GRAMERCY COFFEE
200 Edward St
Tucked inside the Edward Street entrance of the Wintergarden, Gramercy is the hub where corporate hip- sters flock for their quotidian espresso.This petite nibble nook is known for its home- made almond milk, green juice and the most coveted fresh doughnuts in Brisbane.
3. John Mills Himself
40 Charlotte St
Adventure below Archives Fine Books on Charlotte Street to find the exposed brick corner that is John Mills Himself. Be greeted by a selection of hot drinks, craft beer and organic aperitifs to get you started. If you come across some Dutch courage, tinkle out a classic on the upright piano!
5. CORBETT & CLAUDE
283 Elizabeth St
Tucked in beside the cathedral on Elizabeth Street, Corbett & Claude is a cool meeting place for the walking weary.This café/bar draws inspiration from the historic dining hall it inhabits and is best loved for it’s comfort food share plates.
50 Burnett Lane
Café by day, winebar and restaurant by night, Felix make all their food from the best local, organic produce. With an ever changing selection of seasonally inspired plates and a thoughtful selection of Aus- tralian wine, beer and spirits on offer, it’s the perfect spot to treat your palate in casually cool surrounds.