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| BNE July/August 2015


Scrumptious Reads

began as a store to

bring a more comprehensive range of culinary

books to Brisbane food lovers – but not just

cookbooks. Owner Julie Tjiandra found there

was a gap to be filled in more wide-ranging areas

such as food science, politics and history. Her

store now stocks more than 100 titles, including

some unique magazines, and growing. It’s also

become home to a Monocle concept shop,

featuring the Monocle design titles and exclusive

products. Julie also hosts a calendar of special

events. For example on 1 August a collective of

local artisans and producers will gather to show

their products. Shop 5/6, 19 James Street. Find

out more at


Fortitude Valley Markets

have had an

overhaul and now run more like a mini festival

every Saturday and Sunday in the Brunswick

Street Mall. There are more seating areas, and

the market has diversified with more focus on

emerging designers, alternative, hand-made arts

and craft, as well as produce and food stalls.

Rack-It is a new idea starting 1 August, where

up-and-coming designers will be able to sell

from a single rack. There’s also live music with

buskers and bands. Open 9am to 4pm. See


Valley Pool

. Former Wallaby Norm

Hughes is a regular at the Valley Pool,

swimming several times a week before having

breakfast and coffee at the café, and he’s not

alone. Some patrons have been swimming

there for 60 years. It’s also the training ground

for some of the best swimmers in the country,

including the current crop of Olympic

competitors Cate and Bronte Campbell,

Christian Sprenger, Tommaso D’Orsogna and

Jayden Hadler, who will be competing at the

World Championships in Russia at the end of

July. There’s also a group fitness program that

includes yoga and pilates during the week. See


Alpha Mosaic Hotel and Apartments

is right across the road from the Valley pool so

in easy reach for early morning laps. This slick

modern accommodation is central to everything

in the Valley and still less than 2km from the

city centre … within walking distance or a few

bus stops away. Accommodation is a choice of

rooms or two-bedroom apartments and there’s

a bar open daily from 4pm until late. There’s a

bistro too, but don’t miss the great dining that’s

just a block in either direction in James Street,

McLachlan Street and Emporium. For more see


Winn Lane

is a hidden nook between Ann

Street and McLachlan Street. Tim Brennan’s

guitar shop,

Tym Guitars

, has probably the

best range of vintage and second-hand guitars

in the country, but even better – Brennan is

a keen craftsman who makes custom guitars

that are shipped all over the world. He also has

a collection of more than 2000 vinyl record

titles, can offer guitar lessons and practise space.

Neighbours in the lane include

Ben’s Burgers

and vintage specialist

Sunday Social

. Perfect

spot for weekend browsing. For all stores, see


The Institute of Modern Art

has been

an independent hub for contemporary art for

40 years and, as one of Australia’s first non-

collecting galleries, has played an integral role

in supporting more than 2000 artists through

more than 500 exhibitions over that time. It

will hold its first gala dinner and silent auction

on 23 July when works by leading national and

international artists – including Queensland’s

own Michael Zavros and Tracey Moffatt –

will be auctioned. Proceeds will support new

exhibitions and work commissions. For details

and current exhibitions see


Jocelyn’s Provisions

was doing a roaring

trade in baked goods before it became flavour

of the month and customers are still beating a

path through the door seven days a week. It’s a

one stop shop with tasty savoury pies and tarts,

delicious cakes and a great range of breads made

by artisan baker Phil Agnew. The fig, fennel and

aniseed sourdough is a weekend treat. Shop 8,

Centro on James, corner Doggett Street. See


Heya bar

is one of the latest additions to

the new Valley and takes its inspiration from

the street markets of South East Asia and the

alleyways and bars of Golden Gai in Shinjuku,

Tokyo (also see our Tokyo travel story on page

14). There’s a menu of fast food that’s fun and

tasty – popcorn chicken, rainbow garlic chips,

duck rice paper rolls that often sell out before

the night’s out – at prices ranging from $2 to

$14 – a range of craft beers and a huge list

of whiskeys. Tuesdays there’s half price food,

Wednesdays is trivia night and Monday there’s

free pool and pinball. At 351 Brunswick Street.



Ltd espresso and brew bar

is all about

the coffee. The concept is simple: three different

coffees are selected for a particular style – one

for white, one for black and one for filter. When

each bean is used up, another different bean is

offered. The varied range of blends and origins

on short rotation keeps customers coming back

just as quickly. A spot for coffee lovers at 362

Brunswick Street. Open daily. For brews see


The Zoo

hasn’t changed much in 23 years

and that’s just the way patrons like it. No frills,

but a good old-fashioned friendly vibe and no

room for anyone who’s not there for the music.

It’s played host to some greats over the years

including Nick Cave, Powderfinger, Silverchair

and Regurgitator and once a month showcases

a bunch of local bands, true to the Valley ethos.

Upstairs at 711 Ann Street,



Heya Bar