Dominated by the iconic XXXX Brewery and the legendary Suncorp Stadium (formerly Lang Park), Milton is also known for the bustling Park Road. Developed 20 years ago and endowed with a mock mini-Eiffel Tower, this is a lively street of restaurants and cafes, fashion, jewellery and bookshops. If you like your football, flat-screen TVs in some of the eateries provide the perfect vantage point and a patriotic atmosphere. There are more restaurants, cafes and delis at nearby Baroona Road and Rosalie.
XXXX Ale House & Brewery
Brisbanites are familiar with the pungent smell of hops which occasionally wafts from the huge Castlemaine Perkins XXXX Brewery. For beer-loving visitors, the brewery’s Ale House is a must. The Beer Gear Shop and Ale House Bar are open throughout the week. Bookings are recommended for tailored tours that finish with a beer sampling. Cnr Black and Paten sts (just off Milton Rd), Milton; (07) 3361 7597; open 10am–5.30pm Mon–Tues and Thurs–Fri, 10am–8.30pm Wed, 10am–3.30pm Sat, 10am-2.30pm Sun.
Known for its distinctive style, the streets of this hilly inner-city suburb are lined with old timber cottages and on Latrobe and Given terraces many have been converted into small shops, cafes and businesses. Together, the two terraces make for a very long shopping strip that changes in character from one end to the other. At the Latrobe end there are some excellent antique shops and small art galleries along with quirky cafes and vintage fashion shops. Closer to the city, Given Terrace offers designer options, an organic provedore and some of Brisbane’s best restaurants. Also here is the popular Paddington Tavern, better known to locals as the ‘Paddo’. Caxton Street, at the Petrie Terrace end of Paddington, is close to Suncorp Stadium and the Barracks complex, offering nightlife and a variety of bars and restaurants.