Brisbane and Laneway: two words that don’t really belong in the same sentence together right? Believe it or not, Brisbane has laneways – not one, but several scattered throughout the CBD and inner city. These narrow spaces which once served to provide access to city buildings have undergone a major facelift to become little hubs for creativity, food and street art.
First up is Bakery Lane. Located on Ann Street in Fortitude Valley you’ll find Brisbane’s newest laneway directly opposite The Beat nightclub. Seriously, you can’t miss it but in case you do, there’s a helpful sign overhead. Sandwiched between two heritage-listed buildings, Bakery Lane is home to an eclectic collection of shops, bars, cafes, and artist studios. A narrow entrance alleyway leads you into a light, open space. The walls are a trendy shade of industrial grey with pops of white and splashes of butter yellow.
The ground floor is home to The Botanist (a gorgeous space selling flowers and homewares), Stock and Supply (cool rags) and several bars and eateries. Kiosk dishes out sandwiches and salads all day, whilst LostBoys is the place to go for organic and vegetarian fare. After dark, head to The Tree House for a tipple and some tapas. But the biggest queue has to be for I ♥ Brownies. What started as a market stall has now blossomed into a busy store doling out the most moreish brownies I’ve ever tasted. These guys have a variety of flavours but we settled for the original and Peanut Butter with Jelly, both of which were seriously good.
Bakery Lane also hosts a Providore Market on the 1st Saturday of each month (9am – 1pm) where you can stock up on freshly baked bread, cheese, jam, honey, condiments, and other gourmet goodies. Keep an eye on the My Bakery Lane Facebook page for event details.
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