Suburban Foodies: Fortitude Valley | Gourmand and Gourmet

Suburban Foodies: Fortitude Valley

Yes, it’s the bustling inner-city suburb that never sleeps, but Fortitude Valley has so much more on offer than a greasy midnight kebab.

Oh, how we love The Valley. With an unrivalled reputation for culture and nightlife, this suburb in the heart of Brisbane also has absolutely everything a foodie could ever want.

Mr Chester Wine Bar 

Wine + Cheese = Love. That’s all the maths we need, and it completely represents everything Mr Chester Wine Bar is about. Forever championing the boutique, smaller producers, Mr Chester knows everything there is to know about viticulture.

Their menu features flavours from around the globe, from Korean beef tartare and duck liver pate with shiraz butter, to their house-made pizzas and pasta. The ever-changing array of dishes are perfectly matched with house wines, the specialty being their eternally Insta-worthy antipasto and cheese boards.

The Stand 

Sorry, but we’re jumping straight to dessert. Located in the Valley’s California Lane is one of Brisbane’s best sweet spots – The Stand. From brownies and panna cottas to apple crumbles and Belgian waffles, every sweet-tooth must try this sugary paradise. With dessert cocktail specials and deconstructed dessert platters on offer, we are more than ready to take a seat at The Stand.

Fat Dumpling 

It’s time to embrace the saying “you are what you eat.”

Straight from bamboo basket to mouth are the delicious, plump and flavourful dumplings at Fat Dumpling. It’s the slightly posh and entirely traditional dumpling spot you’ve been looking for. Handmade before your very eyes, these packages of heaven come fried, poached or steamed and with an array of delightful fillings.

Beirne Lane 

Beirne Lane proudly calls itself the “house of the people” and it’s not hard to see why.

With a delicious range of craft beers and wines on offer, the bar heroes an extensive and experimental cocktail list that ticks all the boxes. The yumminess continues in the kitchen, with an exciting and heavily Japanese-influenced menu, with an emphasis on locally sourced produce and communal dining. Boasting a massive Josper Charcoal oven, the chefs at Beirne Lane have perfected all your favourite proteins, including our favourite–500g of Josper roasted mussels with chilli, garlic and crispy bread.

The New Black 

Brisbane’s breaky scene has some stand-outs and the divine, yet concise menu at The New Black is certainly up there with the best. Who wouldn’t want to start their day with a pork belly mi goreng toastie?

The New Black is also brewing some of the best coffee in town, showcasing Gold Coast coffee roasters The Black Lab Coffee Co., offering its blends and single origins brewed as syphon, French press, cold drop, V60 and more. 


Despite the hype, there is absolutely nothing evil about this popular Valley spot.

Whether you’re an arcade game nerd, a board game lover or just on the hunt for a new drinking hole, Netherworld has you covered. With 40 odd arcade games and countless consoles along with an extensive bar with over 24 beers on tap, there is something for everyone.

It would be a sin not to mention their Hellmouth Diner, dishing up vegan-friendly goodies for lunch and dinner, including their Wampus pizza waffle and their gnome vegan chicken nuggets.


From dusk till dawn and from fine dining to chilled-out fare, Fortitude Valley should absolutely change its name to Fooditude Valley. Yay or nay?

Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmet who wouldn't say no to a Brunswick Street Mall kebab...