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Brisbane Destination City Guide

Brisbanites love to look good and there are many places to give that plastic card some exercise.

Fortitude Valley
This is the fashion hub of Brisbane and is filled with high-end boutiques.

If you love the finer things in life, then this is the place to visit…. from a wide range of home oriented retailers to fashion specialty stores for females. ‘The Valley’ stocks the likes of international labels such as Collette Dinnigan & Collette Dinnigan Infant, Citizens of Humanity Denim and Christian Louboutin shoes. There are also great male and children ranges thrown into the mix.

• Faves are Ultra Suite and Blonde Venus for up-to-the-minute style.
• Also, Jean Brown on Emporium, Ann St. A new, fantastic boutique to bring international fashion to Brisbane.
• Sass & Bide’s flagship store has finally come to Brisbane on James St!
• Kisses, James St, Fortitude Valley- A boutique famous for it’s trendy labels, including Stella McCartney and Collette Dinnigan.

Don’t miss the James St strip for fantastic shopping and ‘The Emporium’ which hosts an exciting mix of food, fashion, lifestyle and cafes all in the one place.

Brisbane CBD
You will think you have died and gone to heaven! A fabulous range of amazing fashion, accessories, shoes, and lifestyle products. From Australian designers, international designers and up & coming local designers. International big names include: Marc Jacobs and Missoni Homewares, with Australian greats, Ksubi Denim, Willow, Ginger & Smart, Alice McCall and Gale Sorronda . You will not leave empty-handed!

Joy Electric, Brisbane Arcade, Brisbane city - a gorgeous compilation of must-have fashion, including French Sole and Jemma Jube swimwear.

Bessie Head, Broadway on the Mall, Brisbane city - this boutique stocks a fun but always fashionable array of pieces.

Xile, Elizabeth St, Brisbane city - if you’re looking for the best of European tailoring and international cutting edge designs, then look no further.

Nancy King, Grey St, Southbank - bringing a fashionable edge to Southbank!
Olive Home, Given Tce, Paddington- Ginger and Smart are an obvious credit to this store but there is so much more! The most gorgeous children’s gifts too!

Queens Plaza, Brisbane city
Host to the most luxurious brands in Brisbane including LV, Mont Blanc and Tiffany’s.

Take a break from shopping and beautify yourself in the best beauty bars!

Glow Salon, Shop 6a, Little Stanley St, Southbank
The Brow Bar, 43 La Trobe Tce, Paddington


Bespoke Restaurant, Albion 317 Sandgate Rd
A modern, boudoir restaurant feel and a delicious French menu to match. Leave room for desserts because they are to die for!

London Club, New Farm Vernon Terrace
Cool, trendy and upmarket – just like its location. Be sure to dress in the chicest outfit to dine here!

Byblos, Portside, 37 Harbour Rd
This is an inviting bar/lounge/restaurant so take your pick – it’s fantastic for all three!

Cru Bar, Fortitude Valley 22 James St
Glamourous and fashionable. A great place to meet after work on a Friday night. Cocktails and wine with a modern Australian menu. This is the place to be seen with your most fashionable accessories!

Bars & clubs
Bar of the moment: The Bowery, Fortitude Valley 676 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
New York comes to Brisbane… A cool, relaxed atmosphere with a trendy, fashion-forward crowd. There is a strict door policy – so dress up!
Don’t leave without trying the Mesha Cocktail – a must!

Stylish Club: The Sun Bar, Fortitude Valley 367 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley

There is a Red Carpet after all… The ‘Sunbar Restaurant Lounge’ has a wine bar, a restaurant, a beer café, a coffee lounge, a cocktail bar and more. Dress to impress as the fashion stakes are high!

Coolest Sunday: The Lychee lounge, West End, 2_94 Boundary Street West End

Great cocktail selection and fantastic tapas food. Head down to ‘Uber nightclub’ a couple of doors down to keep partying through the night. Trendy and funky is key here.

Latino Sundays: Alhambra Lounge, Fortitude Valley 12 McLachlan St

Salsa the night away – What a way to end the weekend! Amazing music with sultry sounds of South America. Voted Brisbane’s best New Club for 2006.

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Style Correspondent Teresa Gomez wrote this article

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