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What is Brisbane's Best Kept Secret?

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Published February 5th 2012
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.

And now it's your turn. Tell us about your favourite local hotspots; the kind of places you won't read about in the papers or see on any review sites until now.
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Northey St Organic Markets, Windsor (every Sunday)
by chant (score: 0|7) 2532 days ago
The Perdomo Cigar Lounge and Tobacconist in Nundah is my favourite hidden secret in Brisbane! It's a quiet, comfy setting where I often go with a few mates for a stogie and a single malt after work.
by Camer (score: 1|10) 2663 days ago
Saturdays from 6am to 1pm Davies Park Cnr Montague Road and Jane Sts, West End. Gorgeous market, all sorts of stuff under the big trees.
by valerie (score: 1|12) 2653 days ago
Happy Little Dumplings at Bulimba! Hidden away in Wambool St behind the cinema cafe. They only pop up during lunch hours monday to friday but its a really cute little dumpling bar with yummy food!
by eat (score: 0|7) 2648 days ago
the West End Saturday markets at Davies Park
by valerie (score: 1|12) 2653 days ago
Perfect Living Homewares Furniture and Gift shop at Bulimba
by peter (score: 0|2) 2401 days ago
Cafe 63 at Ascot for yummy food & fresh flowers
by Where I Holiday (score: 2|338) 2379 days ago
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