Are your wanderlust and taste buds dying to go on an international adventure but your bank account isn’t quite letting you jet set across the ocean? Not to worry, we’ve rounded up the best international eats in Brisbane so you can wine & dine your away around the world without needing your passport.
Tinderbox – Fortitude Valley: Located on the trendiest street in the valley, James St, Tinderbox is a local favourite. With pizzas and wine to match that are to die for, you’ll soon find yourself a frequent on James St!
Popolo – South Bank: With a name that translates to ‘people’ it’s no wonder this is a hot spot for gathering with your nearest and dearest. Delve into an authentic Italian feast with our gorgeous city as your backdrop!
The Spaghetti House Trattoria – South Bank: Having relocated from West End to South Bank, The Spaghetti House still stands in all its glory! With endless pastas and pizzas large enough to share (so you can try all the options) and a BYO policy, it too is a great place for dinner with the gang.
Website | Instagram | Facebook | Corner of Little Stanley, Grey and Glenelg Street, South Bank | Ph: 07 3844 4844 | Trading Hours: Monday – Friday Lunch: 11:30am – 3pm & Dinner: 5pm – 10pm Weekends 11:30am – 10pm.
Bavarian Bier Cafe – Eagle St Pier: Everyone’s favourite German restaurant tops our list for this cuisine. With beer by the litre, authenic German eats and stunning views of the Story Bridge it’s hard to meet this long-time local hot spot.
Brat Haus – Fortitude Valley: Looking for some major servings of signature German dishes? Head to Brat Haus to take their foot-long German-style sausage with all the traditional trimmings for a spin!
King of Cakes – Clayfield: After you dive into some classic German savoury dishes, head to King Of Cakes for the one thing the German do better than beer – desserts! Top it all off with traditional German cakes and pastries, you’ll feel as if you’re in the heart of Bavaria without having left our little city!
Beach Burrito – West End: Fun, fresh and sangrias by the jug, West End’s very own Beach Burrito is a Mexican hub! With a very student friendly menu this is the perfect place to enjoy all things nachos and burritos in the heart of West End.
La Quinta – Bulimba: The Mexican fiesta in Bulimba is constantly on with La Quinta. Eats that boast quality ingredients and helping servings that pair perfectly with any of their extensive cocktail list (hello 9 different margaritas), you’re sure to leave with a happy and full stomach.
Website | Shop 1, 189 Oxford Street, Bulimba, Brisbane 4171 | Ph: 3399 2800 | Trading Hours: Monday – Tuesday 5pm – Late & Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – late.
Villa Maria – Camp Hill: If you’re looking for authentic and quality flavours and atmosphere, look no further than Villa Maria. With every menu item boasting where the ingredients and dish originated from, it’s a fiesta that will have you coming back for more. Plus they have gluten free and take-away options so literally everyone can join in on the fun.
Fat Noodle – Brisbane CBD: Find yourself always trying to curve late night Chinese cravings? Well do so no longer and instead pop along to the Fat Noodle at the Treasury Casino and Hotel. With eats created by celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen you’ll have a mix of emotions (sad that you took so long to discover this gem and happy that you did at all) while diving into his exotic and fresh Asian dishes.
Website | Treasury Casino Building (Level 1 George St corner) Top of Mall, Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000| Ph: 3306 8888 | Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:30am – late.
Peng You – Newstead: If you want modern and traditional Chinese dishes get to Gasworks Plaza ASAP. Peng You brings us sizzling king prawns, Peking duck and delicious hot pots in a trendy kitchen and bar atmosphere.
Café O Mai – Annerley: This has to be one of Annerley’s best kept secrets. Tucked away on Cracknell Road, Café O Mair brings you delicious and authentic Vietnamese eats. Mix things up a little bit and pop in for breakfast, their spring roll inspired omelette is swoon worthy.
Quan Thanh – West End: Coming in hot for the best pho in Brisbane is West End’s very own Quan Thanh. Steaming bowls of fresh, aromatic soups with every herb you could name under the sun are sure to warm any belly right up – you’ll even find yourself diving into one on a warm summer’s night they’re just that good!
75 Hardgrave Rd, West End, Brisbane 4101 | Ph: 3846 3849 | Trading Hours: 7 days 11:00am – 10:00pm
Trang – West End: Located literally up the road is Trang, the other contender for Brisbane’s best pho! It’s so hard to choose which pho to treat yourself to from Trang but with a side of crispy chicken and greens with whichever pho you decide, you’re sure to love it and with a BYO policy the good times just keep on coming.
Yale Bird Ale House – Fortitude Valley/Paddington: Perfect for Sunday’s with friends is Yale Bird Ale House. With delicious wings in basically every flavour imaginable and beers to match, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a hip American suburb, all while never having to leave two of the hippest suburbs in our city!
Website | Facebook | 6/24 Martin Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane | Ph: 3852 6413 | Trading Hours: Open 7 days 12:30pm – 9:30pm | 1/208 Given Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane | Ph: 3369 8635 Trading Hours: Open 7 days 11:00am – late
Red Hook – Brisbane CBD: We’ve mentioned about Redhook before but it’s so dang good we have to mention it again. With specials on 3 our of the 6 days their open there is literally something for everyone. Delve into authentic American cuisine while diving into Brisbane’s laneway scene, I guess you really can have the best of both worlds!
Ben’s Burgers – Fortitude Valley/West End: Ah, Ben’s Burgers. They’ve become a staple in the Brisbane food scene and it’s not hard to understand why. Serving up delicious burgers beer and milkshakes that all embody American culture to a tee, if you’re craving to make it over to the USA but just can’t quiet afford it yet, head to Ben’s and you won’t be able to tell the difference!
These are our best international eats in Brisbane, let us know if we missed any of your favorites!