Don’t get us wrong, we love Brisbane more than we love crushing a XXXX on a Friday afternoon, but sometimes our foodie adventures call us to jump on a plane and cross state lines.
If the thought of spending hours at the airport living off stale white bread sandwiches is too much to bear – fear no more friends. Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal has ramped things UP.
Move over paddock to plate, we’re all about paddock to gate with the airport’s restaurants showcasing local producers like Woombye Cheese Company, Darling Downs Wagyu, Sirromet wines, Queensland seafood and free-range eggs from Tamborine Mountain. This line up is making us seriously consider hitching a ride on the airport line every day.
Always willing to seek out the foodie finds, we’ve rounded up our fave places to grab a cheeky meal, coffee or vino before departure.
Grab your boarding pass and get ready to eat your way around Brisbane Airport.
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE TARMAC
Early morning flights can be a total drag. You’re bleary eyed, sleep deprived and you might even be still wearing last night’s clothes (Coco Chanel eat your heart out), but if we know you, you’re going to be hangry for breakfast and sweet, sweet coffee.
We recommend taking a window seat at Aviation Pier Café & Bar and sinking your teeth into a gourmet brekky toastie and a life-saving smoothie. Or if you’re not fussed on that mortgage, there’s always millennial fave smashed avo with feta and sundried tomato at Forte Espresso to get you through the next few hours.
Sugar cravings slowing you down? A brownie or carrot cake from The Market Place will get you up and running before you even tackle security, but if it’s those AM insta-likes you’re craving, Brisbane’s speciality coffee roaster Fonzie Abbott has its own coffee stand in the Virgin end of the Domestic Terminal. Take a seat and make sure you snap the industrial-chic lamps alongside your latte.
IT’S FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE
Let’s be real – time runs differently as soon as you step into an airport, so it’s always time for a cheeky beverage to accompany your pre-flight feed.
Nothing screams class like a tapas board with croquettes, especially when it’s accompanied by a glass of wine (pre-flight nerves, who needs ya!). Spanish-step yourself into the cosy lounge of Graze Grill & Bar – which is located oh-so conveniently by QANTAS boarding gates. If you prefer to sea-food and eat it, snack on salt & pepper calamari from the stylish Bar Roma. The cosy little café is tucked far enough away from the bustle that you’ll forget you’re even at the airport.
PRE-FLIGHT NIGHT DELIGHT
Need something substantial? Now that we’ve discovered Glasshouse Bar there’s no need to fork out for a mid-flight “gourmet” pie. With local brews on tap, the hardest decision you have to make is whether you’ll treat yo’self to a Darling Downs Wagyu steak or delicious sliders. (true to form, we got both).
If it’s live music you’re chasing, forget tickets to the Tivoli and head to the Great Northern Bar, where you’ll find BNE Beats every Friday from 4pm-7pm – and the same time each Sunday in Glasshouse Bar.
Leave the prepacked sandwiches at home (have you any decency?) and save enough time for a pre-flight beverage, it’s time to fly into foodie paradise at Brisbane Airport.
Words by Emma Callaghan – the gourmand who now has a reason to get to the airport on time.
Photography by Judit Losh.
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