It doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing sneakers or stilettos, James Street and its surrounds are one of Brisbane’s most walkable and interesting neighbourhoods. Surrounded by an eclectic mix of dining venues, boutiques and funky laneways, there is plenty to keep you entertained in this part of town.

Head to Jocelyn’s Provisions to pick up some delicious morning tea treats or walk across the road to Scrumptious Reads, James Street’s most eclectic bookstore, which specialises in all things food related. Check the website for details of the author talks and cool foodie-related events which are regularly run in-house. Just up the road there is Winn Lane, a vibrant little social hub in the heart of Fortitude Valley, which is filled with quirky shops such as the vintage fashion emporium Sunday Social and The Milkbar Candle Co. which stocks loads of delicious smelling candles and home fragrances.

Jocelyn’s Provisions

Scrumptious Reads

Winn Lane

Near Winn Lane you will find the Brunswick Street and Chinatown pedestrian malls, which run parallel to each other and host the eclectic Valley Markets every Saturday and Sunday from 9am. If your tastes are more boutique than bohemian, don’t miss the stores and boutiques lining trendy James Street. Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton sold clothes at the Valley Markets before launching their internationally acclaimed label sass & bide, so it’s fitting their beautiful flagship store is located here.

Molton Store

Other James Street finds include Nat-Sui for handmade shoes and Libertine Parfumerie, an elegant emporium which houses some of the world’s most coveted scents. All of the stores are classy, but many are not as expensive as they look. For instance, Molton Store has loads of beautiful (and affordable) jewellery and accessories, set off by clever in-store displays featuring crystals and found objects.

New Farm Confectionery, just a few minutes’ drive away, is a boutique confectioners with candies and lollies designed for grown-up tastes. If you are staying at Sage Hotel James Street, all of the spots mentioned above are pretty must right outside your door. The hotel will even take you to New Farm Confectionery – for free – in their swanky courtesy car.

Delicious sweet treats at New Farm Confectionery

Disclosure: The writer explored James Street as a guest of Sage Hotel and spent far too much money at New Farm Confectionery.