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06:35 pm - Accommodation advice?
So Nathan and I are going to spend a weekend in Brisbane sans kiddies soon and I need to book accommodation. 

I want something nice that doesn't look like every other hotel I've ever stayed at, but we're public transporting it around so it can't be tucked away anywhere remote.  I'm looking at a place in New Farm that looks like just what we're after, but now I'm wondering if I should just go boring and central and book into the Chifley.  Is the public transport in and out of New Farm good?

Also, any recommendations on places to eat and must-dos?  Any cool markets, or places to purchase clothes and things that I wouldn't be able access up here in the north?  We're eating at Garuva one night because I used to love it there.  Has anyone been there recently?  (Is it still good?) 

Any suggestions?

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Date:March 28th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
I went to Garuva on friday night! I hadn't been in around 5 years, but I was pleased to discover they still have cocktail happy hour ($11 from 5:30-7pm). Prices have gone up slightly for the food (all dishes are now $20, and $2 for rice) but it was really good! I had this safron seafood thing and it was yummo.

New Farm is easy peasy to get in an out of, esp if you're near brunswick street or merthyr road, loads of buses! Ive never stayed in a hotel in bris so couldn't recommend anywhere. I did stay at the palace backpackers once though and it was foul, but cheaper than taking a taxi home when I live out near caboolture *shudder*.

I def recommend Satay Club, it's in the city in Charlotte Street and it's near Elizabeth St Arcade. There is also a really good ramen place in George Street up towards Roma Street. And Govinda's in Eliz St is awesome for lunch, $10 all you can eat pure vegetarian deliciousness.

If you want a bit of a lah-dee-dah dinner venue, we went to this awesome place called 5th Element (Southbank) for dinner tonight and it was divine! Best cocktail I've ever had - Maple and Sage Margarita. I had 2, because they were that good.

There is also a pretty flash new venue just opened in the valley called Cloudland - went there this evening - had to line up for ages, but it's really nice. I think it would be a good sort of place for dinner and drinks, and not too far away if you're staying in new farm. There are loads of places to eat in new farm though, new ones popping up every day! I personally think you can't go past Tibetan Kitchen and Sai Japanese.

Goodness, I love food!

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Date:March 28th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Like it's said above, New Farm is a breeze for public transport. The 199 goes in and out every fifteen minutes.

I'd recommend a place called Salon on Florence St just off Macquarie, particularly for breakfast - reeeally yummy and a lovely setting.

There's the Nick Cave exhibition on at QPAC at the moment! Pretty sure I'm going to go to that one.

Depending on what weekend you're down, the New Farm farmer's markets are pretty cool (I went this morning, they're on every second weekend). Cheapish yuppyish markets with lots of small dogs, but plenty of fun and great cupcakes (approx. 60% icing).

Check out Paddington, too! It's where I live, lovely vintage stores and little boutiques and some great cafes.

Have fun!
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Date:March 28th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't end up staying here when I was in Brizzie in Jan, but had been looking at a place called Bunk Brisbane. It's mostly a backpackers (a kinda fancy one) in the Valley, but it also has one and two-bedroom apartments that seemed reasonably priced. Have fun! :)
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Date:March 29th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Transport varies depending on where in New Farm. Ferries around the edges, buses along Brunswick and James but they can be awkward at night. There are heaps of pretty gorgeous b & b's there though and they can probably tell you over the phone what the transport is like there.

Himalayan Cafe gets my 2 thumbs up - insanely good and almost as insanely cheap!

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