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19 Things You Need To See And Do If You’re Only In Brisbane For A Weekend

With a thriving arts scene, epic weather and some seriously good eats, Brisbane's come a long way baby.

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1. Sink an aperitivo on arrival at Bar Alto.

Shake off the horror of flying economy on a Friday with a refreshing beverage at this super-popular riverside bar and restaurant.

2. Catch a show at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Once an out-of-use power station, Brissie's beloved Powerhouse is now a hive of cultural activity. Catch a play, concert, or film to fuel your dinner convo.

3. Eat next-level pizza at Beccofino.

It's all about that base, 'bout that perfect chewy wood-fired base at this Teneriffe stalwart. Fresh-as toppings and charming Italian waiters are the maraschino on top.

4. Catch some live music at Brooklyn Standard.

If the carb coma hasn't set in, it's time to hustle and get your groovy self to this killer gig venue tucked away on Eagle Lane. American beers, vibes, and eats (hello, pretzels) await.

5. Brunch yourself silly at Mondo Organics.

This treasure in eclectic West End earns props as Australia's first licensed organic restaurant. Their mouth-watering fare can also be tweaked to suit the dairy- and gluten-free gang.

6. Take a spin on the CityCat.

No wheels? No worries. The CityCat is the jewel of the Brisbane River. Jump on board at West End and hitch a scenic ride back to Teneriffe.

7. Mosey along the Riverwalk to the Farmers Markets.

Join the strollers, cute dogs, and cyclists on Brissie's floating walkway. It's just over 2km from the Teneriffe ferry to the Powerhouse in New Farm, where you'll find farmers markets (every Saturday 'til noon). You may not need fresh produce or flowers, but there are plenty of gourmet delights. Like doughnuts. And coffee.

8. Feast at Gerard's Bistro.

"Meet you at Gerard's" is a popular refrain in these parts. And for good reason. The Middle Eastern-inspired eats and melt-in-the-mouth meats will blow your mind. Eat up!

9. Shop your butt off on James Street.

Those who say Brissie has crappy shopping clearly haven't hit up James Street! With flash fash boutiques – CAMILLA, Aje, Calexico, Camargue, Dinosaur Designs, Lee Matthews and Zimmermann, for starters – plus beauty, books and interiors, it's the reason you'll be going home with extra luggage.

10. Recharge with a cocktail at Sixes and Sevens.

Espresso Martini time! Head to the super-cute timber-clad cottage-turned-pub, Sixes and Sevens. The beer garden's a winner for warm Queensland days.

11. Do a foodie cycling tour, from Southbank to Hamilton.

OK, so maybe skip the cocktail beforehand if you're going to do this. Brisbane by Bicycle run a Foodies Aboard tour from 4.30 - 8.30pm on a Saturday. You'll end up at our next spot...

12. Eat tasty street food at Eat Street in Hamilton.

Whether you ride there on not, Eat Street Northshore will make your belly happy as Larry with street food from every corner of the globe. It's recently been relocated and revamped to a bigger, better venue with more room. It's just that popular.

13. Hang with the beautiful peeps at Eleven.

Rooftop bars? Nailed it. Poppin' bottles at this sexy spot is the perfect way to round out your day. Just made sure you've got deadly threads as there's a strict dress code.

14. Get a hippie fix at Northey Street City Farm.

Start your day with a healthy feed, great coffee, and an alternative therapy treatment or two at this weekly organic market. Don't leave without a mushroom float from I Love Mushrooms, or try some zucchini and haloumi fritters from Willow & Co.

15. Ogle some art at GOMA.

Even once the 10th birthday celebrations subside and the furry wall gets packed away (no fair!), GOMA will remain a world class ode to modern art. Go bend your mind for a while.

16. Chow on fresh Vietnamese at Hello Please.

Replenish the tank with some fresh AF Vietnamese flavours on the super-cool Fish Lane. Think pork bao, dumplings, and spiced duck salad. Hello Please!

17. Sink froths at Saccharomyces Beer Café.

If you want fancy cocktails, head to the equally awesome Maker. But if craft beer and Connect 4 is more your pace, this joint's for you.

18. Pop into Bakery Lane.

There are lots of reasons to check out this hipster hangout in the Valley. But none of them are better than the Nutella brownies at I Heart Brownies. Go on. Treat yo'self!

19. Wrap it all up with a sunset paddle.

Riverlife run kayaking tours through the clear brown waters of the Brissie River. The new Sunset Paddle, Dips & Drinks is the best Sunday sesh in town.