Fortitude Valley’s laneways are concealed by busy thoroughfares, but that doesn’t stop us seeking them out. These dynamic back-alleys are no longer the best-kept secrets of the Valley, with more and more Brisbanites wandering off the main streets and joining the lane-lovers’ community.
Laneways make you feel cool, like you’re in on a great secret that involves delicious craft-coffee joints and amazing local food haunts. So we’ll let you in on the secrets and tell you where these laneways are so you can get acquainted, but don’t get too lost in the laneway culture or you might not find your way out!
Welcome to the vibrant, creative community of local and independent artisans, fashion designers, hair stylists, and foodies serving indulgent café treats and classic burgers. This sneaky laneway is tucked away off Ann Street, but so worth finding.
This little lane packs tonnes of treasures so don’t judge her by her size! A must-do destination on weekends, Winn Lane is home to the much-loved Ben’s Burgers, boasting great fries, shakes and some of Brisbane’s best burgers. If it’s coffee you’re after, No.5 Café will look after you. With friendly staff and all-day breakfast, what more could you need!?
Music buffs - we’ve got you covered. Winn Lane is tucked behind the historic Shannon’s building, which is also home to live music venue, The Zoo. Tyms Guitars, an independent guitar and music shop, is also situated in the laneway, offering a range of vintage to affordable guitars, amps and effects pedals - they even have practice rooms!
But wait, there’s more! Winn Lane also has a range of hairdressers and retail stores for all you fashionistas. For the girls – Kiki Hair Salon and Hair of Eden will have you feeling brand new. For the boys – Babylon Falls Barbershop and Gallery will give you a fresh look. While you’re at it, grab an outfit you won’t find anywhere else. With great boutique stores such as Akira, House of Ezis and Babushka Ballerina, you’ll find everything from affordable pieces following the latest trends, to classic vintage threads, to formal and bridal gowns. The Outpost stands alone catering to the guys but they rise to the challenge, selling all-things man, from clothing and accessories for every occasion to Opinel knives. Jewellery, art and candles have also found their way onto the laneway list of goodies to be purchased from 3rd Lady, The Culprit Club and The Milk Bar Candle Company.
So head on down to Winn Lane for a few winning buys.
Sister to Winn Lane, Bakery Lane is an oasis of creative in the heart of the Valley. Perfect for wining and dining, and shopping too, this laneway is a sea of laid-back vibes that is hard to walk past. Bakery Lane boasts some of the most well-known eats around the Valley. This vibrant laneway is full of tables spilling into the central space where locals can sit back and relax as they munch on I Heart Brownies while enjoying a glass of pink lemonade – made old-school style. That’s not all though – you’ll find all-manner of delicious food here. Lost Boys dishes out organic, vegetarian meals in their ‘Peter Pan’ inspired cafe, Nom Nom’s serves up tasty Korean food while The APO creates European dishes with a Middle Eastern twist, best enjoyed with an Aperol Spritz in hand.
If you’re looking for drinks and somewhere to chill out late into the night, Bakery Lane has top spots to offer. Laruche hosts two bars split over two levels, offering traditional and bespoke cocktails to delight your taste buds. The Bowery, taking its name from a New York City street famous for its speakeasies and gin joints, is a cocktail bar with live jazz through the week and some of Brisbane’s finest DJs on the weekend. The Tree House is an addition to the Lost Boys Café specialising in organic and natural beer, cider, wine and cocktails, taking theme cues from its older brother.
Not lacking in its boutiques, Bakery Lane is also home to Phase 4 for records, cassettes and memorabilia, and Flock Home for homewares, furnishings and now coffee!
Continuing the style theme, you’ll also find Fabrik Hair Salon, an award-winning salon known for indulgence, and Hearts and Heroes Styling Boutique for everyday and red-carpet hair and make-up styling. Art gallery, This Must Be The Place, showcases a range of unique and eye-opening works.
Bakery Lane is a buzzing hive of activity so get in there and be part of the party.
We have a love affair with laneways here in Brisbane, but can you blame us? With these outstanding options within the Valley, it’s a wonder we’d go anywhere else – take that, Melbourne!