Heritage listed Brisbane Arcade, in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, is more than just a blast from the past. Here are five foods you won’t want to miss next time you visit!
Running between Adelaide Street and Queen Street Mall in Brisbane’s main city area, Brisbane Arcade has been a destination for shopping and dining since 1923.
Inside you’ll find a two stories with large open central gallery, terrazzo floor and stairs, warm wood and leadlight shop fronts and plenty of shops to browse. It really has a delightful old world atmosphere and will take you back to Brisbane’s earlier days.
Here’s some of the Brisbane Arcade food that you won’t want to miss –
1. Fresh sand crab sandwiches
Head downstairs to the Keri Craig Emporium to sample high tea at one of the first Brisbane venues to offer this delightful tradition. You won’t want to miss a sand crab sandwich with cracked black pepper and lime juice. The sandwiches are made from the softest, fresh white bread filled with just-off-the-boat sand crab. Try the ocean king prawns too. Hardest decision here will be what to buy from the selection of fashion, home wares and gifts on display.
2. Sultana scones
L’s Espresso Cafe on the ground level near the Adelaide Street entrance does food the old-fashioned way with big toasted sandwiches, tea made with tea leaves, open grills and home made cakes. It’s all good but the light-as-a-feather sultana scones are worth a visit all on their own.
3. Lemon curd tart
Upstairs at Room with Roses there’s much more than beautiful roses. Look out for their tiered high teas complete with petit fours, ribbon sandwiches, home made jams and preserves, and freshly baked scones. Owner Vicki Pitts bakes everything in house and is a true stickler for real butter, cream and eggs. My personal favourite is the passionfruit sponge, but the lemon curd tarts are hard to beat too.
4. Hot chocolate
At Chocolate Moments you’ll be able to eat your way through chocolate sourced from all around the world. There’s also 12 flavours of hot chocolate made from pure, fresh Belgian chocolate to try.
5. Stockholm blend tea
The Tea Centre sources its teas from around the world but it’s their Stockholm Blend that I can’t resist. Black tea with orange peel, safflowers, calendula blossoms, rose petals, vanilla and apricot – it’s an intriguing mix first blended in Stockholm and one of the most popular teas in their range. Try it black.