Brisbane experiences

Petrie Terrace

It's an understatement to say that dining options have improved considerably since The Barracks on Petrie Terrace was Brisbane’s first jail.

Now the renovated historic buildings, which have won architecture awards, provide the backdrop to casual alfresco cafes or a sophisticated evening meal. It's a unique dining precinct because the restaurants don't open onto busy roads but there is still an energetic inner-city vibe.

During the day, it’s pleasant to browse the stores too or to buy groceries from the supermarket to cook up your own meals.


French Twist
Never did two items match as beautifully as a croissant and coffee. Enjoy a European café experience at French Twist and buy a quiche, French stick or pastry to take home.

Coaldrake’s Espresso Bar
Combine book lovers with a café and you’ll find Coaldrake’s at The Barracks. Dip into a book, nibble on a cake, imbibe poetry, sip a latte.

Palace Cinema’s Espresso Café and Bar
This cinema sells much more than popcorn and choc top ice creams. Whether you are seeing a movie or not, The Espresso Café and Bar has sandwiches, muffins, cheese platters and more. It’s licensed too.

With only a handful of stores in Queensland, get to The Barracks for the famous Movenpick ice cream from Switzerland. The vanilla beans only come from Madagascar and all other ingredients are natural.


The Chelsea
Decorated with a stunning marble bar, have a light lunch or delicious dinner at The Chelsea. There’s breakfast too and a large variety of drinks available in this licensed venue.

Japanese food is always popular and Hanabishi gives you a fresh and varied selection of your favourite sushi and cooked dishes. Open every day, to satisfy any sushi cravings.

Libertine Restaurant and Bar
With décor evocative of the French colonial period of south east Asia, the stunning dark timber floors and bright red chairs set the scene at Libertine. Choose from Vietnamese menu items and book a banquet for large groups.

Hog’s Breath Café
For big steaks and big appetites, the Hog’s Breath Café is a sure winner. Ribs, pasta, burgers and salads are also on the menu and the kids will enjoy the children’s menu and colouring in activities. Casual and fun.

Pizzeria 1889
Pizza – done simply and traditionally is bliss and at Pizzeria 1889 they use a wood-fired oven and classic toppings such as margherita are on the menu. Choose to dine-in or take away your crispy crust and flavourful pizzas. The bar is well-stocked with Italian favourites.

Peasant is a fabulous tapas bar, specialising in all things Spanish. The restaurant opened in early 2010 and is proving a very popular meeting place thanks to its great atmosphere and rich, warm interior.

FAB - Fish and Burger Grill
This relaxed eatery opened in May 2010 and offers wholesome burgers, quality cooked fish and fantastic chips. FAB licenced too so you can enjoy a beer or glass of wine with your meal.

If a big night beckons, then the pubs and clubs of Caxton Street are just across the road for late night entertainment and even more dining options.

Getting there
There is two hours free parking for patrons in the underground car park at The Barracks. Plus, being at the end of Caxton Street means there is plenty of easy public transport options of trains to Roma Street and express buses. Translink has all the details.
If you're parking at The Barracks, you can have your car washed at Secure Car Wash on level B1 while you enjoy your meal.

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