Spotlight On Brisbane’s Neighbourhoods: West End

Spotlight On Brisbane’s Neighbourhoods: West End

Brisbane is a major Australian city that features several charming neighbourhoods. One of the most interesting of them is West End, a beautiful neighbourhood situated in the south of Brisbane. This neighbourhood features a population of approximately 8,000 residents, according to a census performed in 2011 and it stretches on an area of almost 2 square kilometres. Read on to find out more interesting details about West End, an interesting destination that you might want to visit this year!

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West-EndAbout West End

This neighbourhood was named like this by the English settlers who came in Australia back in the days and found out that this place looks very similar to the West End of London. When tram lines were introduced in Brisbane, West End was the first neighbourhood in the city to be serviced by one. This happened back in 1885. The tram was pulled by horses in the beginning, but in 1897 the line was electrified and expanded. This tram line could reach the southern end of the Hardgrave Road, travelling via the Vulture Street. In April 1969, the tram line was closed.

This suburb is bounded by the Brisbane River on the west and south and it is adjacent to other suburbs in Brisbane called Highgate Hill and South Brisbane. Together, these 3 neighbourhoods create the peninsula of the Brisbane River while the West End suburb features an aboriginal name of Kurilpa which basically means the place where the water rat lives.

The West End suburb is characterized by a well-developed cafe and restaurant scene and it also features several notable shopping complexes, mostly situated on the Boundary Street. This suburb also features a high concentration of organic and ethnic grocery stores. The riverside factories are currently being sold in order to make space for building waterfront properties and residences. This project aims to increase the population density of the suburb and expand the economy of the city.

Circle Galleries

If you are visiting West End in Brisbane, you simply cannot miss out on the Circle Galleries which is a large art gallery that display different forms of art. Impressive artworks of different sizes can be admired in this cozy and beautiful art gallery and occasionally, drawing classes are held, so remember to call for more details. Some of the artists featured by Circle Galleries include James Robertson, Tanya Burkitt, and many more.

Boundary Road

This is the main boulevard in West End, Brisbane you should visit if you are feeling tired and hungry. There are a lot of restaurants here which serve different types of foods from across the globe. For example, you can eat Asian food here, delicious Italian dishes, appetizing Greek meals as well as sample the local foods prepared by experienced chefs. Lock n Load Bistro is a great place to start if you are looking for a quiet place to savour a delicious dish in the company of your loved ones. Here you also have the opportunity to listen to live music and feel at home. You can find this amazing place on the corner of Boundary Road.

The next place you should visit if you are in the mood for a snack or just a cup of coffee is The Little Greek Taverna, a fantastic restaurant where Greek foods are served. Here you can also choose from a long and comprehensive selection of delicious wines and listen to beautiful Greek music which is played in the background. The Little Greek Taverna is the place to visit whether you come to Brisbane with your family members, friends or just your life partner, looking for a romantic escapade in two.

Bent Books

Once you have filled your stomach with delicious foods, maybe you are looking to buy souvenirs for your loved ones back home or you just love good books. In this case, you should visit Bent Books which is a great bookstore in West End, Brisbane. Here you can find an impressive collection of new books as well as collections of second hand volumes that you will definitely find very interesting and attractive.

Box Vintage

On the other hand, if you are looking for distinctive and eye-catching clothing items and accessories then you might want to visit Box Vintage, a cozy shopping complex where you can find a lot of vintage items as well as original pieces for both men and women. Similarly, this place also features souvenirs of different sizes and shapes, priced differently, so you will definitely find the perfect gift for your loved ones.

The Burrow Cafe & Bar

This is a relatively new establishment in West End and you definitely have to visit it if you want to sip from a delicious cup of coffee, drink a glass of wine or have a pizza. This restaurant features an impressive selection of pizzas which are reasonably priced as well as many varieties of beers gathered from all corners of the world. Whether you are looking to have a drink with your friends after work or chow down a snack and sip coffee after a night of clubbing, this place is perfect for you.

The Banana Lounge CafeCoach

If you are looking for a vegan place to eat then you must visit the Banana Lounge Cafe. This is a vegan cafe run by vegan owners which offers an extensive breakfast list to its customers. For example, you can eat house-made banana bread, organic tofu scramble, and organic fruit toast. There are also many types of coffees and teas to choose from as well as freshly made smoothies, juices, and of course, milkshakes. Whether you are visiting with your life partner or as a group, you will definitely love this cosy, comfortable cafe  situated in West End, Brisbane.

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