With changes on the horizon and new and exciting opportunities ahead I decided I cannot possibly close off this chapter of my life without an ode to the place I have called home for the past 3 and a half years.
To quote the classic(ly hilarious) BTQ7 theme song by Kim Durant it really is “the people, the places, the sights and the faces” that makes Brisbane what it is. Here are 5 reasons why I’ve loved living in inner city Brisbane – and why anyone living not living here might want to think about it…
The inner city architecture
From new builds to old Queenslanders, to those that have been raised, renovated and restored, New Farm, Teneriffe, Newstead and Fortitude Valley are suburbs filled with a visual feast of architectural structures. The variation in design is smile-inducing, from modern Australian to quintessential Queensland and everything in between.
The undulating streets
Uphill, down-dale, up again, down again, over and under. The hilltop crests and stunning Brisbane views still get me at every turn when I’m walking or driving around New Farm, Teneriffe, Newstead and Fortitude Valley. Whether it’s looking out to the city and seeing the lights of the Brisbane Story Bridge, or looking back up the river and seeing the cheek-to-jowl Queenslanders with low fenced backyards, it’s certain to bring a smile to my face.
The Brisbane river
Sunny winter day walks along the river jumper-less, passing neon-clad runners with dogs of all shapes and sizes or watching hipsters gliding along on their fixies or tourists on city bikes. Dawn, daylight and dusk, it’s magical – tranquil, calming and meditative.
The café culture + boutique shopping
The people I’ve met, the friends I have made, the cafes I’ve tried, the coffee connoisseur-ed, the local shops that have captivated and their owners who have inspired – here’s to you.
Here’s to long, lazy brunches at the likes of Sourced Grocer, Samson & Sophie and Pablo with its creamy Genovese coffee. Here’s to sampling produce at Jan Powers Powerhouse Farmer’s Markets or popping down to Merthyr Village to stock up on fruit & veg at All About Fruit. Here’s to procasti-browsing my way through Mary Ryan’s, New Farm Editions, Sun and Earth Organics and Thousand Island Dressing. Here’s to investing in stunning pieces from Molten Store, picking up posies from Gasworks or finding hidden gems off the beaten track.
Sunny one day, perfect the next. Except during summer thunderstorms. But even then it’s never really cold.
Love you Brisbane!