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Suburban foodies: Bowen Hills

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The historic suburb of Bowen Hills has always been the bridge connecting Brisbane city with the northern suburbs.

If you only visit Bowen Hills for the showgrounds and the scenic train depot, then you’re missing out on one of the finest and most varied foodie experiences that Brissy has to offer.

Welcome to Bowen Hills

The name says it all (kinda wish that I just started this article here TBH.) There’s no better first stop on your foodie tour of Bowen Hills than this indoor/outdoor space hosting a rotating selection of food trucks, delivering everything from cheap chicken wing specials to bodacious burgers. Check them out Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am until late – it’s just how we like to say welcome to Bowen Hills.

Musette Cafe

When we saw the lycra-clad of Brisbane’s north heading into CAMS Cycling Collective and coming out with delicious coffee and nourishing bites, the G&G were understandably intrigued. Turns out that hidden inside this biking mecca is Musette Café, a one-stop-shop selling irresistible treats like The Fixie, (a soy and linseed nourish bowl filled with banana, coconut yoghurt, fresh strawberries and chia seeds) and delectable cream cheese bagels. Pedal on in!


Be our guest at Montrachet, an elegant Parisian palace of luxury with a reputation for being the best. Not convinced? How about if we told you that they’ve won multiple awards from the Australian Good Food Guide, The Gourmet Traveller, The National Good Food Guide and the Gault & Millau Restaurant Guide! That do anything for ya? That’s reputation, Holmes! Chef Shannon Kellam has developed a menu that perfectly captures the feeling of authentic French dining. When the flavour hits your tongue, just try to keep your body from breaking into song and dance. After all, Miss, this is France.

I Heart Brownies

Every heart-shaped creation from I Heart Brownies feels like a warm cuddle from an oversized Donald Duck plushie or whatever your favourite childhood comfort was. From classic chocolate to brownies packed with real pieces of Turkish delight, the baked goods at I Heart Brownies are always crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just like mum wishes she could make. Their Bowen Hills bakery also packs a stunning selection of coffee, desserts, milkshakes and mocktails.

Il Verde

Check out another King Street addition making Bowen Hills a top contender for the capital of Brissy’s fine food scene. Il Verde takes its name from the Italian words meaning “the green” to best reflect their dedication to using only sustainable ingredients and the envy your friends will feel when recounting stories of spicy, house-made Italian sausage pizza and hearty, gooey, four-cheese gnocchi. Those who say you can have too much of a good thing clearly don’t love cheese as much as we do.

The Bavarian Beerhaus

You’ve had a hard couple of months grooming and training your perfect pet to win “best in show” at the Ekka, now it’s time to jump over the road, put down the brush and raise a stein in celebration at Bowen Hills’ home of the finest brews from Bavaria to Brisbane: The Bavarian Beerhaus. Housed in the famous Royal Snack Bar across from the showgrounds, the Bavarian is the place to be for German classics like pork knuckle, schnitzels and salty pretzels along with show-inspired favourites with a Euro-twist. Wash down your Bavarian Dagwood Dog with one (or many) of their 40 biers on tap.

Bowen Arrow Café

If you’re all about hot, tasty coffee (and who isn’t before midday?) then set your target for Bowen Arrow Café on Campbell Street. A mere couple-minute stroll from the train station, Bowen Arrow is the coffee joint ready to become your new favourite hangout; welcoming all who enter with a steaming cup of joe, a huge range of vegan, raw and gluten free options and maybe even a hug too (hug not guaranteed.)

Fat Dumpling

Fat Dumpling’s celebrated brand of fat, juicy dumplings couldn’t stay contained to the Valley forever. It’s only natural that demand for these packed parcels of pleasure would spill over into the suburbs – lucky for us, they’ve landed on King Street in Bowen Hills. Their full selection of poached, steamed and pan fried dumplings are ready take your tastebuds on an adventure of pork, prawns and veg and be sure to finish with peach spring rolls with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert.

Six Acres Restaurant

The best product from the far corners of Queensland’s cattle country have converged on the fair suburb of Bowen Hills – more specifically, Rydges on Gregory Terrace – to form one of the city’s premiere steakhouses, Six Acres Restaurant. With a rotating “paddock to plate” menu taking full advantage of the finest, in-season local produce, Six Acres’ huge portions of sensational seafood and great steak will have you immobilised with local pride. At least we think it was local pride – could have been too much meat.

Literally every train routes through Bowen Hills so there’s no excuse for missing out some of the finest food in town.

Words by Josh Schultz
- the Northside gourmand who knows that the South are secretly jealous