Whether it's to cool off in Brisbane's stifling Summer heat or to stroll the markets, South Bank is the best place to do it all! Check out an exciting 3D screening at the multi Cineplex, stay at one of the many stunning hotels, indulge in a creamy ice cream or fill your tummy with any cuisine you wish. South Bank has everything from fast food outlets to upmarket restaurants you'd expect to spot a celebrity in. Grab your swimmers and sandals, or slip into your best dress for a night and/or day at Brisbane's best entertainment and leisure region, South Bank.
Catch a movie at the South Bank Cineplex Catch the latest movies on the huge screen with continuous screenings from 10am running through until twenty to ten in the evening. With plush seating and air con, there is no better way to see your favourite movie, and if you're lucky, you even get to see it on the Imax! Don't eat too much popcorn though, there are too many restaurants and cafes outside waiting for you.
South Bank Dining
One of my favourite restaurants in South Bank is the award winning Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant. I love unique and authentic dishes, bring on anything with spice, rice and tastes nice. And it isn't just the delicious food that has me returning time and time again.
The decor is so detailed you will notice something new every visit. From draping materials trimmed with golden thread, patterns, sketches, cushions, tablecloths, everything looks as though it has been carefully created and shipped direct from Instanbul. It looks beautiful and adds to the ambience as you dine. There is always some sort of entertainment happening here, from traditional celebrations to sultry belly dancing. Ahmets Turkish Restaurant has been awarded for heir theme and entertainment in 2003. And what's more, there is a cocktail bar serving all your favourites, or have one custom made just for you.
As an entree, I recommend the Turkish bread glazed with butter. Sounds simple but it takes anything but, and the avocado condiment is to die for. A creamy mix of avocado and garlic (yum) or the Pumpkin dip, a concoction of pumpkin, cream and red capsicum. As your main, you must try the Tavuk Shish. The dish contains tasty chicken skewers marinated in oregano, garlic and a side of Turkish rice and crispy salad. The Tavuk Gogsu is also a memorable meal of chicken breast with a side of spinach, asparagus & mash potato. Both mains are $26. There are also many gorgeous pizzas on the menu. Visit their website www.ahmets.com or phone (07) 3846 6699.
Staying with spices and curries, The Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant amongst the exotic South Bank landscape is home to the yummiest fried rice and dumplings in Brisbane. Inside the decor is modern and funky with two decorative colours of red and black. Be transported from Brisbane to China at this fantastic eatery. Secure your seat and delicious dumpling soup on (07) 3844 0088.
For a splash of colour, amazing floral scents and magical petals with warm coffee and creamy cakes, a visit to Flowers of the World is mandatory. I love this place! Seemingly a florist and gift shop, this lovely store of bright colour and fragrance is also an organic cafe serving cakes, sandwiches, soups, foccacias and my favourite, the crispy Turkish bread served with hummus bursting with flavour and a fresh and awakening basil pesto.
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Streets Beach South Bank
Amongst the concrete buildings and hustle and bustle of traffic is the last place you would expect to find turquoise waters, lifeguards and white sand. Like I said, South Bank has it all! Including a beach. Take in the Brisbane city skyline as you swim and play, it looks especially beautiful once the sun goes down. It's the perfect place for an ice cream, to cool down from the scorching sun, to go on a date, spend time with friends and the perfect new years eve destination. It's where pebbles, palm trees and tranquil water meet the city. Cooling you down from 7am until 7pm. visit www.visitsouthbank.com.au for more details.