Stones Corner, an unique precinct just 10 minutes south of the Brisbane CBD, is packed to the brim with diverse retail stores, craft beers and culinary delights. It’s also my local area and the place I spend most of my downtime.
The quaint tree-lined shopping strip is known to most Brisbanites, mainly due to its long history and former glory as the in-spot for outlet shopping.
Although it’s not much of an outlet mecca anymore, it’s eclectic character definitely makes it worth a visit. The last couple of years have seen a swarm of different funky cafés, fusion restaurants and chilled bars pop up.
Also, like much of inner city Brisbane. there’s plenty of apartments going up in the surrounding neighbourhood at the moment, so the landscape is sure to change in the future too.
Here is a quick guide to some of my favourite places to eat, shop and play in Stones Corner.
And if you’re a fan of brunch, like myself, you are in luck as Stones Corner has a myriad of amazing cafes.
There are so many options for brunch, but one of my favourites to is Moreish. With an industrial vibe, perfectly-brewed Campos coffee, delicious gourmet food and super friendly staff, Moreish is where I take all my visitors.
Its open for breakfast and lunch, and my recommendation would be the savoury mince and haloumi dish. It’s simply devine! There’s tasty vegan and gluten free options, plus it’s pet friendly…I don’t have a dog, but who doesn’t love puppy watching?
Another venue that is always popular with my visitors, or good for a mid-week Trivia session, is the Shady Palms Cafe & Bar.
Shady Palms Cafe & Bar is a suburban oasis of cool – a rustic bar full of character and eclectic furniture, with a lane way and a courtyard out the back.
Here you can dress casual, enjoy chill vibes and funky beats, and indulge in the vibrant flavours of the Americas while sipping on a craft beer, cider or cocktail.
Think dirty fries loaded up with brisket, cheese, bacon bits, mustard, BBQ sauce and ranch – so many condiments and so incredible! Also, wings, tacos, specials and so much more!
There’s a fashion fix for every unique style in Stones Corner.
You can get your next elegant event dress from the boutiques stocking formal wear or source clothes and furniture on a budget, by getting your thrift on at Vinnes or the RSPCA Op Shop.
Little JC Boutique is where I’ve managed to find much-loved outfits – it has a great selection of the latest trends and classics that are affordable.
Right next to the Stones Corner strip is Hanlon Park and with the South East Freeway going right through it, it’s the perfect place for a run (the Stones Corner parkrun meets there) or bike ride. There’s also kids playgrounds and adjacent fields.
When you’re walking around the area, you can also check out some bright urban art, from moody murals to sneaky graffiti spots, there’s a lot of colour to inspire.
If you want to stay indoors, do not pass go, Go Lounge that is – it’s a board games lounge, that also serves coffee, and with around 300 games in total it’s sure to have your childhood favourites on hand.
Also, keep your eye out for when the 2017 Stones Corner Festival is on. Each year brings the event brings big names in music, world food markets and craft beer to the streets of Stones Corner. It’s not to be missed.
Thanks for reading! I hope the next time you need to pick a place to meet up with friends, or the traffic crawls to a stop on motorway, you’ll stop on by and stay a while in Stones Corner.
With the Stones Corner Bus Station and Buranda Train Station nearby, plus free parking in the streets surrounding the main shopping strip, Stones Corner is an easy to access hub.
I’d love to hear other people’s suggestions for places to go in Brisbane, or further afield, so please comment if there are any cafes, bars or shops you recommend.
Until next time,
My Eclectic Muse x