Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published November 7th 2011
With one child at a birthday party and another at a friend's place, we decided to venture into the Valley with our two year old. Our first stop was Belle Époque Patisserie, adjacent to the Emporium Hotel, a Parisian-style sidewalk cafe selling authentic French style pastries, tarts, cakes and baguettes. I had heard that their coffee was superb and it did not disappoint.
The luxury boutique Emporium Hotel is the cornerstone of the Emporium shopping precinct. At first glance, this piazza is posh and pretentious yet at the same time it is has a casual Californian vibe with its' palm trees and alfresco dining.
The Emporium is exactly that, with over 35 speciality retailers from high end fashion boutiques, designer jewellery stores, and lifestyle shops to beauty salons. The precinct is also home to some renowned multi-cultural restaurants: Tartufo (Italian), Wagamama (Asian), Gambaro's (seafood), and Guzman y Gomez Taqueria (Mexican).
We spent a few pleasurable hours perusing the shops; spending the best part of it in Growing World, an endearing toy store with wonderfully old-fashioned wooden doll houses, castles and cars plus excellent educational toys.
I have vowed that next time I visit the Valley and the Emporium, I will do so sans children, for some serious retail therapy.
The Emporium is open seven days a week although not all stores or restaurants are open Monday through Sunday. Check the Emporium's website for more information on retailers and their hours of operation. Plenty of parking is available.