Often called “The Valley” by its local residents, Fortitude Valley is Australia’s first dedicated entertainment district and continues to be a hive of activity. Some would say that the Valley’s nightlife rivals Sydney. The suburb features two pedestrian malls at Brunswick Street Mall and Chinatown, renowned for its nightclubs, bars and adult entertainment. But other than the nightlife, locals and visitors enjoy the area for its variety and impressive food selections.
Below are Six of the Best Cafes and Restaurants in Fortitude Valley:
Happy Boy – East St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Happy Boy loves tasty Chinese food served in generous portions alongside the best small producer Australian wine. The focus is on the wok cooking of Southern China and Hong Kong as well as the traditional BBQ cooking in the Guangdong style.
Positioned underneath fairy lit trees, Happy Boy is a large banqueting and drinking hall with unadorned white plaster and concrete dominating – the food and wine are obviously the focus. In fine weather guests can sit underneath fairy lit trees on our outside deck.
Gerard’s Bistro – Gerard’s Lane, 14 / 15 James St, Fortitude Valley Brisbane, QLD 4006
Tucked away behind James Street, Gerard’s Bistro is a hidden treasure and an indulgent experience. Combining the flavours of the Maghreb and Middle East, Gerard’s Bistro’s menu offers a modern take on classic dishes using locally sourced ingredients with traditional technique. Gerard’s menu is designed to be shared along with our carefully curated wine list to enhance the experience.
Za Za Ta – Ovolo The Valley, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Queensland’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the 2022 Delicious. 100 list. For when it comes to health, Brisbane is regarded internationally as in the Top 3 healthiest cities to live in Australia. And speaking of the best and healthiest, this fortitude valley dentist is one of Brisbane’s best.
A place where worlds and cultures collide amongst a sprawling, colonial backdrop and buzzing open kitchen celebrating ethical eating and conscious cuisine. Experience soulful vibe of Tel Aviv with a blend of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine that brings a distinctly modern twist to centuries-old flavours, best shared and savoured amongst friends.
Harvey’s Bar and Bistro – 4/31 James St, Fortitude Valley, 4006
Harvey’s Bar and Bistro offers an all-day dining experience with unpretentious, seasonal cuisine served in inviting surrounds. Pop in for a coffee, catch up with friends or enjoy something more special in the private Garden Room.
Inspired by the abundance of local produce and the skilled artisans in the Brisbane region, their food is a reflection of this place and its people. Chef and owner PJ McMillan is passionate about creating simple, refined food with local produce. He loves nothing more than letting beautiful produce speak for itself.
Soko Rooftop – 7 Symes Street, Jubilee Place, Fortitude Valley, 4006
Descending from Amazonian influence, Soko Rooftop delivers a decadent Rooftop experience, bringing a sophisticated and exotic dining experience filled with drama and elevated style. Experimenting with traditional dishes, they use a heavy mix of Peruvian & Japanese style cooking techniques, perfectly fusing and combining flavours to create a stylish tailor-made tasting menu created by a series of master, specialist Chef’s on each counter.
Evita – 365 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD, 4006
This Argentinian inspired, relaxed dining concept features only the best flavors Latin America has to offer with a perfectly curated drinks list, enjoyed in the uncompromising elegance of a heritage listed building in St Paul’s Terrace.
This impressive hidden restaurant boasts a Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a unique private dining and function space. Head to the top floor, where you will find a secluded private dining wine room inspired by the moody bar culture of Buenos Aires, the perfect hideaway to indulge with friends and family.