Weekends are a precious commodity. After a hectic week of work and responsibilities, travel and hustling, they provide a moment of respite and an opportunity to make lasting memories.
In Brisbane, the list of things to do on the weekend is endless, and there's something to suit every interest. If you’re staying for longer stints over a period of weeks or months, it helps to have a little insider knowledge to make the most of your weekends – which is exactly what we’re here for.
Live like a local and discover your new favourite hole-in-the-wall café in Newstead or a hidden treasure trove of antiques in Paddington. Treat yourself to a fab new outdoor cinema experience at the Powerhouse, or live it up on an outdoor adventure in Kangaroo Point.
Whether you're a foodie, an adventurer, a nature lover, or a culture enthusiast, Brisbane has a weekend adventure that's perfect for you. So, what are the best things to do in Brisbane this weekend? Grab a spoon and let’s dig in.
Bites, Sips, and Nibbles for Brisbane Foodies
If there’s one thing we love to do on a weekend, it’s eat. And drink. And eat some more. When it comes to things to do in Brisbane, eateries are at the top of the list, especially between those golden hours of Friday afternoon and Sunday night.
There are new bars, restaurants, and cafés popping up all around our Rambla city fringe suburbs of Woolloongabba and Bowen Hills, so get your keep cup and let’s go exploring. And don’t forget to check out our other favourite Brisbane restaurants and bars!
Le Boulangerie Amour Fou
Where: South/City/SQ, Woolloongabba
If you’re staying in Rambla @ South/City/SQ for your long-term trip, you won’t have to venture far for a velvety coffee and sweet treat. Le Boulangerie Amour Fou is the quintessential weekend hotspot, serving up fresh pastries and artisanal breads every morning for locals and tourists to flock to.
With a tantalising selection of sweet and savoury baked goods, Amour Fou specialises in traditional French classics but doesn’t hold back from outside-the-box creations. Indulge in their bestselling Custard Creme Bun or Cheese Q Ball, or opt for something a little different with a Red Wine Loaf or Oreo Crumble Cinnamon Roll. And, of course, we can’t forget about the buttery and flaky croissants.
Where: 16 Austin St, Newstead
This freshly opened café has just elevated Newstead into new realms of coffee heaven. Single O may be new to Brisbane, but it’s certainly no stranger to the ins and outs of running some tight ship cafés at its original outlets in Sydney and Tokyo.
This new star of the Brisbane caffeine scene is operating out of the quaint Austin Street in Newstead, just a 10-minute stroll from Rambla @ Perry House (*insert heart eyes emoji*). Order your brew of choice from one of the friendly and mega-talented baristas or serve it yourself with their coffee-on-tap system.
For a bite to eat, there are fresh sandwiches, toasties, banana bread and more staple goodies in the window to keep you going.
Where: 601 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills
When it comes to Italian restaurants, Brisbane always has a spot open for new and exciting establishments. Joining the ranks of Bowen Hills is Bar Gusto, a fresh new open-air restaurant that brings a slice of the Italian Riviera to Gregory Terrace.
Take a seat in the light-filled interior dining area and feast on wood-fired pizzas or rich pastas. For those warmer summertime months ahead (or really any time of year in Brisbane), cosy up in the al fresco space amidst outdoor fires, ample seating, and a twinkling fairy-light-decked fig tree.
While the food menu deserves an entire article on its own with items like Black Squid Linguine and a sumptuously signature Gusto Grazing Board, the cocktails and drinks list is just as much the hero of this eatery.
Try the Wild Rosé Spritz made with peach liqueur and strawberry, the Masquerade Highball featuring St-Germain elderflower liqueur and pink grapefruit, or the Razzmatazz with Chambord, lime, and vanilla syrup.
Visit Bar Gusto on a Friday or Saturday night for the ultimate weekend wine-down, one of the best things to do in Brisbane by a long shot – and conveniently just a 4-minute Uber back to Perry House!
Where: 70 James St, Fortitude Valley
When you’ve got an entire weekend to fill, what better way to spend it than by winding your way along the fabulous James Street in Fortitude Valley? Full to the brim with premier boutiques, sprawling markets, enticing entertainment and precious hidden gems, James Street has recently become even better with its newest Mexican eatery, Carmen.
Light-filled and bursting with flavour, Carmen is an authentic Mexican Tequileria that boasts incredible drinks and even better food. There’s small batch artisanal mezcals, sustainably sourced dishes, and one of Brisbane’s largest selections of Tequila and agave-based spirits.
While Carmen does a mean guac and some pretty tasty tacos, we recommend trying some of the more avante-garde offerings like their Watermelon Ensalada, Mexican Popcorn Chicken, and Kingfish Ceviche.
The Great Outdoors for Adventure Lovers
Had your fill of food? It’s time to roam a little further and sink your teeth into some outdoor things to do in Brisbane. With sunshine and good weather most times of the year (especially during the upcoming summer period), Brisbane is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure.
Riverlife Adventure Centre
Where: Lower River Tce, Kangaroo Point
Perched on the edge of the Brisbane River in the picturesque Kangaroo Point is one of the city’s best and most thrilling adventure outlets. The Riverlife Adventure Centre is conveniently located in between our Perry House and South/City/SQ residences (a 10-minute drive and 16-minute drive respectively), making it the ultimate way to spend your weekend in the beautiful Brissy outdoors.
Go for a beautiful kayak along the river with fellow water sports enthusiasts, or challenge yourself to a spot of rock climbing or abseiling on the iconic Kangaroo Point cliffs. Go on an insightful and scenic walking tour through South Bank and the Botanic Gardens, or take in the warm summer evening with a twilight adventure.
One of our favourites has to be the Twilight Kayak, Wine & Grazing Board adventure, a fun-filled evening of guided kayaking followed by grazing boards, wine and beers on the riverside. Chat with newfound friends and munch your way through delicious goodies as the sky gets shot with Brisbane’s iconic pinks and golds. Sound like heaven?
New Dendy Powerhouse Outdoor Cinema
When: Thursday-Sunday Evenings Year-Round
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Yet another newbie to pop up in the heart of Brisbane is a fabulous outdoor cinema – and best of all, it’s permanent! If you’re looking for things to do in Brisbane this weekend, look no further than the Dendy Powerhouse Outdoor Cinema.
Catch your favourite flicks under the stars at this sprawling outdoor movie theatre complete with all the best Dendy features like a dedicated snack, popcorn, and drinks bar ordered and delivered to your seat via QR codes.
Enjoy crystal clear sound that doesn’t disturb the entire city with individual wireless headphones. Get comfy in outdoor lounges, and enjoy the big screen projected onto the Powerhouse’s iconic shipping containers.
With everything from arthouse films to Blockbuster must-sees, this new outdoor cinema is sure to tick all the boxes for a perfect weekend night out in Brisbane.
Mount Coot-tha Precinct
Where: Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane
The pinnacle of outdoor things to do in Brisbane, especially during the weekends, is the sprawling Mount Coot-tha precinct. You’re likely familiar with the iconic lookout at the summit of the mountain, which can be hiked or driven up to perch with a picnic and marvel at arguably the best panoramic views of the city. But did you also know that the area boasts other must-do adventures?
Stroll through the lush Botanic Gardens for a tranquil weekend trip, and visit the impressive Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium inside the grounds. This magical establishment is home to the Cosmic Skydome, which projects some of the most incredible intergalactic light shows around.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, the Mount Coot-tha Forest is a haven for hiking, bushwalks, mountain biking, and all-day explorations. Pack a picnic and pull on your boots as you navigate picture-perfect trails, all laid out with clear signage and designed for a user-friendly experience.
You’ll reach the precinct by car within around 20 minutes from our South/City/SQ residence, or a shorter 15 minutes from Perry House.
Must-Visit Markets and Bazaars
One of our favourite things about Brisbane on the weekends has to be its selection of markets and unique shopping experiences. From foodie’s markets to antique centres, you’ll be treated to a whirlwind of bazaar delights during your stay.
Plus, with the festive season fast approaching, there are even more fabulous holiday-themed pop-ups to choose from!
Food Trucks @ South/City/SQ
When: Select weekends, 5-8pm
Where: South/City/SQ, Woolloongabba
Staying at Rambla @ South/City/SQ for a while? We’re glad, because you’ll be treated to Brisbane’s best food truck markets right outside your door.
On select weekends, South/City/SQ transforms into a foodie’s paradise. Wend your way through countless pop-up trucks from some of the city’s best eateries while enjoying live music and comfy seating in the Square. It’s the perfect way to spend your weekend – and you won’t even need to book a ride home!
South/City/SQ Christmas Markets
When: Saturday 16th December (10am–4pm) and Friday 22nd December (2pm–8:30pm)
Where: South/City/SQ, Woolloongabba
It’s the most wonderful time of the year in South/City/SQ this December! Our weekend food truck markets will be taking a break in place of the two most magically festive Christmas markets in Brisbane:
- Xmas Eco Markets: Head into the Square on the 16th of December for the Xmas Eco Markets, where vegan food, festive treats, slow fashion, artisanal gifts, and gorgeous greenery come to life. This is the perfect way to kickstart your festivities this year while doing your bit for the planet.
- South City Square Christmas Markets: The epitome of Christmas itself will call the Square its home on the 22nd of December for an evening of twinkling lights, foodie heaven, gifts galore, and all the best-dressed decorations you could imagine. And, of course, Santa himself will be making a special guest appearance.
Empire Revival Paddington
Where: 167 Latrobe Tce, Paddington
Lose yourself in the nooks and crannies of Empire Revival, one of Brisbane’s oldest and most iconic antique bazaars. Packed with exotic artefacts and one-of-a-kind treasures, this Paddington staple is well worth a visit purely for the impressive two-storey structure and eclectic atmosphere.
Beginning as the Paddington Antique Centre in 1985, Empire Revival now sells incredible wares from over 50 local artisans and antique stockists. From jewellery and costume clothing to masks and ball gowns, vintage music and record players to an operating in-house old-timey barber, Empire Revival will be sure to occupy you for hours.
West End Christmas Twilight Market
When: Friday 1st December, 4-10pm
Where: Davies Park, West End
Feeling a little festive? If you’re visiting Brisbane soon, you’re in for a treat with the West End Christmas Twilight Market. Pay a visit to Davies Park on the 1st of December and be transported to a winter wonderland full of Christmas goodies.
With a sprawling selection of stalls selling homemade gifts, delectable food, and designer wares, you’ll likely find all of your best Christmas shopping right here. Take a break from the gift-buying and enjoy live music on two stages, along with plenty of fun for the little ones (think face painting, stilt walkers, a jumping castle, and more).
Gasworks Christmas Design Markets
When: Saturday 9th December, 5-9pm
Where: Gasworks Plaza, Newstead
Another must-mention is the Gasworks Christmas Design Markets, set to take over Gasworks Plaza on Saturday the 9th of December for an evening of festive frivolity.
Discover unique gifts for everyone in the family with endless stalls full of gorgeous artisanal wares, gourmet goodies, Christmas decorations, and designer gems. If you’re staying with us at Perry House, you’ll be right next door to all the holiday action!
Music, Theatre, Comedy, and More
When staying in Brisbane, one simply must attend a live show or two to really complete the experience. Brisbane’s cultural prowess seems to develop every year, with countless festivals and events gracing our streets and some of the world’s biggest and best acts calling the city home. Not to mention the local favourites that make our live music scene what it is.
Angelika Film Centre
Where: South/City/SQ, Woolloongabba
Straight from New York and into the heart of Brisbane’s little own Woolloongabba, the Angelika Film Centre offers a unique blend of arthouse and mainstream films set inside a sparkling boutique atmosphere.
The first of its kind to launch in Australia, Angelika Film Centre at South/City/SQ is a feat of luxe-meets-boho-chic entertainment. The cinema comprises nine screens with comfortable recliner seating and an al fresco bar area that provides views into the precinct.
In addition to a variety of cocktails, the Angelika of course offers popcorn and a sweet-tooth-satisfying candy station. But the real winner is the Angelika’s premium in-theatre service, offering light food and beverages delivered directly to your seat as you enjoy the movie.
Check out what’s coming up at the Angelika at South/City/SQ!
Fridayz Live 2023
When: Friday 17th November, 3:30-10pm
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
If you’re on the hunt for things to do in Brisbane this weekend, you’re in luck, because Fridayz Live is back at the Brisbane Showgrounds for one epic night of massive hits. This fan-favourite festival revives everyone’s beloved hits from the 90s while ensuring some of the biggest current household names take centre stage.
Catch acts like Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, Baby Bash, Havana Brown, Fatman Scoop, and Abbie Chatfield among others for one wild night of nostalgia and fun. Tickets might still be available, so check the website!
Not On Your Rider November Edition
When: Thursday 23rd November, 6:30-10:30pm
Where: The Triffid, Newstead
Ever heard of Isolation Trivia? Brisbane’s pandemic at-home-trivia baby has expanded into an in-person live show that takes over The Triffid once a month for a night of jam-packed fun.
Hosted by creator Aimon Clark and featuring new special guests every month (think the likes of Myf Warhurst and Robert Irwin, to name drop just a couple), Not On Your Rider is not your average trivia night.
Get competitive with your teammates as Aimon and the crew take you on a non-stop live rollercoaster with stories from the music industry, mini games and giveaways, spontaneous performances by top Aussie acts, and, of course, end-of-the-night prizes.
Check the website for tickets to the November edition, or stay tuned for the next show when you’ll be in the city.
Stay Longer in Brisbane With Rambla
Brisbane has something for everyone when it comes to weekend adventures. Whether you're looking for culinary delights, cultural experiences, outdoor thrills, or simply the perfect night out in Brisbane, this vibrant city has it all. So, this weekend, make the most of your free time and dive into Brisbane's incredible offerings.
Looking for a central place to stay during your long-term stint in Brisbane? Rambla serviced apartments cater to guests staying up to three months, giving you a slice of home nestled within the best attractions the city has to offer.