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Published July 24th 2021
The right cafe in the right spot
Gigi's is a pop-up restaurant and coffee shop located in the south east end of the Howard Smith Wharves.
Gigi's offers homestyle cooking in an amazing set-up. There are tables, chairs and benches under big umbrellas. The place is suitable for groups, families and people with their dogs.
There are plants to embellish the place and the alfresco area is large enough to make sure the people move freely. Please consider that the place is not under a hard roof and on a rainy day, the cover may not be sufficient.
Gigi's has amazing cooking. Photo from howardsmithwharves.com/whats-on/gigis
On the menu, there are veggies and salads, including Dutch cream potatoes cooked in embers. The grill section has chargrilled eggplants, grilled swordfish, chicken Maryland, dry-aged bone in pork cutlet, 300 grams Northern Rive Wagyu Scotch. Something to share is half Qld Coral Trout, and 800 grams Jack's Creek Wagyu T-bone. Desserts include chocolate and walnut cake with cream, fresh fruit platter. There is also a kids menu.
Food at Gigi's. Photo from howardsmithwharves.com/whats-on/gigis
Howard Smith Wharves are heritage-listed buildings rich in history and incorporated into public spaces. There are many venues for hospitality, tourism, entertainment and events. The abundant public space ensures all the community enjoy the Wharves. There is more than 500 metres of river's edge to walk or cycle. The Wharves are a place where to eat, drink, play and stay!
There are many grassy spaces and playgrounds for kids at the Wharves. Photo by Author.
Howard Smith Wharves are a dynamic and modern waterside precinct with restaurants, breweries and a contemporary hotel. Howard Smith Wharves address is 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City, Qld, 4000.
Felons Brewing Co.
Howard Smith Wharves has its very own beer and cider brewing, Felons Brewing Co. The beer and the cider are produced right under the Story Bridge. Felons Brewing Co products are proudly brewed in Brisbane with passion.
The name Felons come from the tale of four felons who, back in 1823, on their way to Sydney were blown off course. Lost at sea, the felons shipwrecked up north in Moreton Island. The adventurous life and the freedom of the felons live today in Felons beer.
The Felons Brewing Co. produces the apple cider called Sonny. This apple cider is produced using only Stanthorpe grown apples and brewed with Champagne yeast. The result is a clear, crisp and fresh flavour.
Crystalbrook Vincent Hotel, originally called The Fantauzzo Hotel, is a five stars extravagant, whimsy and luxurious accommodation.
The building has a shoulder resting on natural rocks to highlight the hotel is environmentally conscious. The hotel boasts awesome views across the Brisbane River and on the Howard Smith Wharves.
Crystalbrook Hotel has 166 modern rooms decorated with the art of Vincent Fantauzzo. All the rooms has a 100% waste-free bathroom, single-use plastic-free environment and upcycled fittings and furnishing.
The rooftop has a pool and has a bar serving cocktails, Fiume. Polpetta is an authentic Italian restaurant where you can have a taste of Italy. The hotel has everything for its guests.