A quick glance at the Brisbane map will show you why the inner-city suburb of New Farm has long been among the trendsetters of the housing market. Its riverfront location, right next to the colourful mix of cultures in Fortitude Valley and just 2km from the city centre, is one of the hallmarks of the inner-urban lifestyle in Brisbane, Australia.
The demographics, creating an emphasis on development of flats, units and apartments since the late 1800s, meant New Farm was in the box seat when Australia discovered the delights of the café culture and the restaurants in Brisbane moved to meet a new demand force.
The Brisbane weather, after all, is kind to street cafes and outdoor dining. You believe someone should have thought of it sooner? Well, they probably did at New Farm.
James Street is the transition from the City-Valley busyness into a traditional residential suburb. It has developed with significant population density to support a range of relaxed restaurants situated right next to "heavier" industry neighbours.
James Street restaurants offer fresh, easy dining options focusing mainly on modern Australian style cuisine. This area has become a very trendy area within the Brisbane restaurant scene given its laid back style.
Consider the Brisbane James Street restaurants to be the gateway to a "real Brisbane", where you may chat with local people at their favourite cafés or restaurants.
Brisbane "woke up" to the charms of New Farm quite a while ago and now the rest of the world is catching on, too. Enjoy your visit!