If you’re in Brisbane for business meetings and your schedule is scattered with different appointments across the city you’ll need something better to do then just sit in your hotel room. Brisbane has a lot of culture to offer and even if you just need to kill an hour or two you’re sure to find something to pique your interest. With stunning art galleries, beautiful walkways and renowned eateries, Brisbane has enough to keep anyone busy.
Visit an art gallery or museum
Two main art centres are not to be missed on any trip to Brisbane. Those being the Queensland Gallery of Art and the Gallery of Modern Art. You can find them both on opposite ends of the National library with exhibitions held throughout most of the year. For a mix of classical with modern, you can easily take up some time these stylish galleries.
If you have an interest in science be sure to check out the Queensland Museum and Science centre. With four levels showcasing different collections and exhibitions, it’s fast becoming a favourite among visitors and locals alike. If you’re into all things ships then the Queensland Maritime Museum is located under the Goodwill bridge near South Bank.
Take a walk down St. James Street
If you’re up for some exploring this is a street where you can find almost anything. Hip cafes, stylish restaurants, bohemian bookstores and chic shopping malls line the street from one to the next. Stop in at Gerard’s Bistro for a mix of middle-eastern, African and European dishes or if you feel like Asian The Chow House is the place to be.
Take in the view at Mount Coot-tha
It’s just a 15-minute drive from the CBD and allows panoramic views of Brisbane from the north side bay right around to the south-western suburbs. If you’ll be taking lunch there as well the Kuta café has an all-day menu from 11 am along with the Summit restaurant with is open every day from 11:30 am. Tying in a trip here with a visit to the botanical garden at the bottom of the hill is well worth it.
Head out to Paddington
Possibly Brisbane’s best-known suburb, Paddington’s Latrobe terrace and Given terrace provide two kilometres of antique shops, boutique stores, classy restaurants and hip cafes to experience. It’s a local favourite that’s always interesting to visit and see what’s going on.
Grab some food
If you’re just looking to grab a bite to eat and want to try some of Brisbane’s famous eateries you’ll be more than spoiled for choice. Food culture is booming in Brisbane with new restaurants and cafes always popping up. If you’re in the CBD, E’cco is one of the best-regarded restaurants in the city. For photogenic views of Brisbane River, Alchemy has stunning views over the river along with a relaxed atmosphere and delectable food by their award-winning chef Brad Jolly.