Sure, Brisbane might not have the meandering laneways, secret clubs, or pocket enclaves of the world's big cities, but that doesn't mean that the River City isn't teeming with great bars, quality restaurants, quirky stores, and myriad other establishments that only us locals know about.
It's an open secret here that you don't go to Chinatown for the best Asian food; you head to Sunnybank. The outer suburb contains some of the best restaurants and grocery stores and, located as they are in shopping centres and food courts, some of the cheapest. I myself am guilty of driving all the way to Sunnybank just to get a roasted duck.
New Farm and West End receive a lot of press for their cafes, delicatessens and markets, but true Brisbane hipsters flock to Rocklea. Where else can you buy $20 bottles of olive oil, or check out markets dedicated entirely to flowers?
Sean Goedecke has already shared some of Brisbane's best budget restaurants, including my personal favourite, Marine World Seafood Cafe in Tingalpa. And while we've got a plethora of boutique bookstores, when Laura Marshall started a conversation about second hand bookstores, the tips from our readers came flying thick and fast.