West End in Brisbane has always had a bohemian feel with an eclectic, multicultural flavour that is endearingly rough around the edges. These days it is home to an impressive array of drinking and dining options and some stellar graffiti art. Here are some of the best spots to discover the cuisine and character of West End.

West End breakfasts

Venture beyond well known favourites such as The Gunshop Cafe and discover the likes of Miss Bliss, a wholefood kitchen with fruity smoothies, or Plenty with its changing blackboard menu filled with delights such as organic eggs accompanied by giant housemade hash browns and piles of crispy bacon. Plenty is hot, hot, hot in more ways than one: it’s not air-conditioned. Drop in early for breakfast in summer if you feel the heat.

West End coffee

No urban ‘hood could be cool without a few killer coffee nooks and West End is no exception. Blackstar Coffee roasts on-site to bring you the freshest brews. Aside from a few locally made cookies and slices, Ugees Espresso sticks to serving nothing but coffee (and very good it is too). It’s worth dropping in here for some caffeinated goodness and to see what’s new on the in-house gallery walls. Plenty has a quick service coffee station front-of-house for those who just want a caffeine hit.

West End dining

Boundary Street is lined with multicultural cafes and restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Billycart, with chef Ben O’Donoghue at the helm, dishes up three meals a day including upmarket lunch and dinner options such as caramelised pork belly and scallops served with mint, chilli, coriander, cucumber and red onion. Lock ‘n’ Load Bistro serves stylish gastro pub fare that rises above the usual ‘pub grub’, like calamari with bush spice and lemon mayo. Chop Chop Changs is the place to go for Pan-Asian hawker dishes with a focus on local produce.

West End bars and beers

West End is equally good for a night on the town or a relaxed afternoon with friends. There’s only a few doors between Catchment Brewing Co. and the Brisbane Brewing Co. so why not sample both? Jungle Bar offers a louche tiki bar experience while Lychee Lounge continues to serve up some of the most sophisticated cocktails in West End.  Many bars are close together which makes it easy to visit a few in one night.

West End markets

West End knows how to do a good market. Every Saturday morning, Davies Park is home to the popular Davies Park Market which celebrates fresh produce and the local community. Stock up on fruit and vege, grab a bite to eat from a food truck and listen to a local muso while you chill. Boundary Street Markets invites visitors to ‘take a trip around the globe and back into the heart of the thriving community that is West End’. This night-time hot spot operates from 4pm until late every Friday and Saturday and has a great vibe.

Disclosure: The writer loves visiting West End as there is always something new to discover in this funky Brisbane suburb.