The city of Brisbane (pronounced BRIZ-bin), Australia, is a veritable wonderland situated alongside the Brisbane River, featuring festivals, entertainment, nightlife, sports, and shopping. If you're a foodie, one meal from the city's dynamic fine dining scene could have you hooked on Australian foods for life. On your next Australian cruise, make it a point to check out these five Brisbane restaurants.
Elements at Montville
After a thrilling morning spent with a host of exotic creatures at the famous Australia Zoo, head to Montville. Described as the "Creative Heart of the Sunshine Coast," this small town features beautifully restored Victorian architecture, art, and fantastic dining options. If you've worked up an appetite, relax and sip tea at Elements at Montville. An increasingly integral aspect of Australian culture, sipping a cup of tea is certain to reinvigorate you. Meanwhile, Elements' array of delectable treats will sate your appetite.
Cedar Creek Estate & Winery
On your cruise to Australia, visit the Cedar Creek Estate & Winery. There, you'll be treated to a luxurious wine tasting, followed by an artfully crafted two-course lunch. With its beautiful vistas and unique menu, Cedar Creek is not to be missed.
If you find yourself hungry in Fortitude Valley, you'll find a variety of innovative restaurant styles to try. One of the best among them, Gerard's Bistro, is possibly the coziest place to spend an evening. Indulge in cuisine that's infused with influences from a range of cultures, including the Middle East and Northern Africa. The flavors at Gerard's are so tantalizing, you'll find yourself in need of another cruise to Australia — and fast.
Meat pies are some of Australia's favorite savory foods. Considered iconic in both Australia and New Zealand, these pies typically consist of ground or diced meat, gravy, cheese, onions, and mushrooms. Many locals enjoy these savory treats with tomato sauce.
Featured among Gourmet Traveller's "Australia's Best Pies and Sausage Rolls," Jocelyn's Provisions offers some of the most delicious meat pies you'll find in Fortitude Valley. This pÃ¢tisserie has a full menu of cakes, pastries, and tarts, and various pies such as lamb and rosemary and beef and red wine.
XXXX Brewery and Alehouse
What began in 1877 as two brothers' dream has grown to become an Australian institution. During a stop on your Australia cruise, you can take in the history and flavors for which XXXX Brewery and Alehouse is so famous. Start with a tour of the brewery, where you'll learn how to pour a perfect glass and sample some beverages for yourself. If you're sticking around, you can also check out the Alehouse's menu, which includes heaps of options such as beer-battered fish and chips, burgers, frittatas, and irresistible sides.
With so many things to see and do in Brisbane, you're sure to work up an appetite. On an Australia cruise with Princess Cruises, you'll have the chance to embrace the city's best sights, sounds, and flavors.
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