Spent the morning hungry and glaring at your sandwich? We’re calling it: it’s time to let go of those bad circling-the-carpark memories and start chauffeuring yourself to lunch in Brisbane.
These tasty lunch spots are only made more delicious by their parking, so leave the PB sandwich at home, stop rushing off to refill the meter, and drive off the hanger at one of these daytime spaces, whether it’s a mid-week quickie or a Sunday lunch, Brisbane style!
Not only is Dalgety on one of Teneriffe’s shadiest streets, with plentiful parking most days of the week, they also dish up some seriously good daily deals (leaving you more dosh to spend on their cocktails). If you can resist dishes like crispy pork belly and chicken ribs, you can grab grilled barramundi for $20 every Monday, tender beef cheeks for $19 on a Tuesday or a chicken parmy for $15 on a Thursday, not to mention a lunch menu with loads of dishes for under $15!
Powerhouse through the morning and earn yourself a long lunch at Bar Alto. With river views (and, more importantly, views of their fresh mussel pots) ready to wile away the afternoon hours, you’ll be grateful for the unlimited free parking outside Brisbane’s Powerhouse.
Planning a Brisbane lunch date? As a general rule, you look much swankier rocking up in your own car (third-wheeling Uber drivers aren’t super romantic). Long lunchers at Darling & Co have access to free parking via Dowse St – which logically leaves more time for manchego and truffle croquettes, obviously.
Get ready for a revelation, folks: all that time you spend searching for a city carpark could actually be spent kicking butt on the minigolf course. With lunchtime pizzas and gourmet burgers waiting just 5km from the CBD, just tee up your appetite and nab an easy park at Victoria Park.
Lunch at your Libertine at this French-Vietnamese spot. The Barracks offers diners 3 hours free parking, and trust us when we say you’ll need every minute for shared banquets packed with duck a l’orange crepes, crispy barramundi, and pan-fried dumplings. Lucky your post-feast walk to the car won’t be far.
Not keen to jump on the public transport train at lunchtime? While it tends to seem like the only option when lunching in the Valley (beyond spending more than your meal in a parking garage), the Emporium’s carpark is ready to save you a roadside headache. Leave your car right outside as you meet friends for serves of The Riff’s tapas and pulled pork nachos.
Pitching a new lunch suggestion to your mates has never been easier. Make a quick trip from the city for a stop at Toowong’s rugby club. Free parking, views of the park, and burgers you’ll be dreaming of for days? Yeah, in-office lunches aren’t an option anymore.
Can you say catch of the day? If you’re morally opposed to leaving a half-finished meal to avoid a parking fine (we feel your pain), stop at Gasworks Plaza for 2 hours’ free parking. Like we weren’t already hooked on Reef Seafood and Sushi’s tempura bento boxes.
Burgers and stress don’t belong together, so don’t spend your lunch break wandering the streets in search of your parked car. While mirroring the tastes of NYC’s five boroughs, the parking situation is very much the opposite – you’ll find plenty of street parking on Racecourse Road.
Who knew stopping for on of the best lunches in Brisbane could be such a walk in the carpark?
Words by Samantha Chariton