Look out Queen Street and move over Paddington – James Street is the hot new spot for shopping and dining.
Sartorially, this New Farm street offers a diverse mix of local and international designers. The modern boutiques of Easton Pearson (60 James Street) and sass and bide (46 James Street) compete with Brisbane designers Chelsea de Luca (76 James Street) and Paul Hunt (65 James Street). Satisfy your inner Imelda Marcos at soleDevotion (16/65 James Street) or stumble upon little-known gems like the very interesting boutique Ruby and Frankie (5/65 James Street).
When it comes to dining, patrons are even more spoiled for choice and are almost guaranteed to find what they're craving in one of the dozens of restaurants, cafes, bistros and food courts along James Street. Try Harvey's (4/31 James Street) for a meal or to purchase local and international deli produce; fresh sushi at the appropriately named Fresh Fish Co (James Street Markets, 22 James Street); Jocelyn's Provisions (Shop 8, Centro on James, corner Doggett and James Street) for mouth watering pastries; and informal dining and a wide wine selection at Cru Bar (22 James Street).
If you're after entertainment, try the Palace Centro Cinemas (39 James Street), a modern, architecturally forward cinema that plays a range of mainstream and art house movies, as well as hosting a huge list of international film festivals. Nearby McWirthers Car Park offers discounted fares when you have your ticket validated at the box office.