Standard City Guide: Brisbane - The Standard Store

Standard City Guide: Brisbane

WHO ARE YOU?  Tara Bennett.
WHERE ARE YOU?  Based in Surry Hills, Sydney but visits Brisbane often.
WHAT DO YOU DO?  I do all web related things.


What do you love about the city?

I love the surrounding suburbs to the city (New Farm, Teneriffe), the old converted warehouses, and the river. Oh and the little Queenslander houses.

Most inspiring stores, spaces, galleries:

  • Apartment Store in the city will serve you a collection of heritage streetwear brands
  • Showroom will provide you with Australian homewares
  • Winn Lane is a secret little laneway, always good for a peruse and some food.
  • Queensland Art Gallery for a good bit of culture.

Winn lane
Secret eating/ drinking spots:

New Farm farmers market, which is on a Saturday. It has every type of food and you can sit by the river.

A good cocktail at Sixes and Sevens on James Street or an arvo wine down at WATT (under the Powerhouse) on the water.

Best coffee:

Little Loco in New Farm.

little loco
Local stores (vintage, interiors, beauty, pharmacy?):

Mary Ryan’s Bookstore in New Farm have an amazing little design section.

What was in your suitcase?

Swimwear (most places have a pool as it gets very hot), a book to read in New Farm Park and your drinking hat –Brisbane loves a good craft beer. Sneakers – you walk so much in Brisbane.

Anything you wished you’d packed but didn’t:

In summer, less clothes. In winter, more. I never get it right.

Handbag essentials:

A good pair of sunglasses.


Being in Sydney it’s a very short flight so any is fine.



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