Everything You Need To Know About Brisbane’s Eat Street Northshore
Eat Street Northshore has become one of Brisbane’s hottest foodie destinations since launching in 2013. An old abandoned docking site in Hamilton was transformed into the ultimate dining spot and draws hungry crowds every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
The concept is pretty simple: 70+ shipping containers fitted out into food stalls. You’ll find everything from pork dumplings to Japanese pizzas, classic burgers to Korean sliders, Aussie fish and chips to snails in garlic and parsley butter sauce, and vegan brownies to cheesecake sundaes. The vibe is electric. It has all the buzz of an Asian night market with live music to boot, just 10 minutes from the city.
For first timers, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. Food FOMO is a real thing here, which can lead to indecision and food envy if you’re not careful. So before you go, get yourself well-acquainted with the best Eat Street dishes and the need-to-know tips with the help of this Eat Street Northshore guide.
Your Eat Street food guide
The dishes being served up by the stalls hail from Japan, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Greece, Italy, France, Mexico, Brazil, and beyond. With cocktail, craft beer and wine bars scattered throughout, it’s a perfect dining option for groups who can’t decide what they feel like or if have a mixed bag of dietary requirements. Or, want an excuse to eat four different dinners. And desserts.
Don’t be fooled by those carnival vibes with all the bright lights and popcorn. They take their food very seriously here. Instead of fries you’ll find pommes frites with brisket beef bourguignon and cheese fondue, and donuts aren’t round, they’re shaped like fries and topped with soft serve and sweets.
While there are plenty of classic favourites, like burgers, pizza and gozleme, a lot of the food selection is out of the box. Think flavours you never dreamed of pairing (mango pizza, anyone?) and next-level desserts for those with a serious sweet tooth. Try the salted caramel funnel cake topped with a brownie and soft serve and drizzled with caramel sauce at Double Good.
Want dinner with a show? There are plenty of theatrics to enjoy as your dish is cooked in front of you. Watch Kotetsu turn shredded cabbage and teriyaki chicken into a Japanese okonomiyaki ‘pizza’ on the grill, or drool over the giant cheese wheel at Pizza & Pasta that coats your spaghetti in the gooey good stuff.
All dietary requirements are well-catered to. There are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and halal options throughout Eat Street. Vegans should check out Tokyo Tucka’s vegan combo, and Original Langos’ spinach and mushroom Hungarian classic. Little Lady Pervian’s paella will put a smile on gluten-free diners’ faces (as will most of the Filipino dishes at Karinderia); and the halloumi yiros is a vegetarian’s dream.
End your night on a sweet note at Kombi Valley. Double Good knows how to celebrate Queensland summer fruits with its Insta-worthy pina colada soft gelato served in a pineapple bowl. The Golden Gaytime conut (that’s a cronut cone for the uninitiated) at Chocolate Komberry Co is so over-the-top indulgent you may need to share. Special mention goes to Professor Fairy Floss who spin the most giant sticks of sugar you’ve ever seen.
It’s never a dull moment at Eat Street, with the food offerings changing regularly. Don’t be surprised to see newcomers pop up and the menus change with the seasons.
Does Eat Street serve alcohol?
Want to wash down all that good food with a beer, wine or other alcoholic beverage? There are more than a few bars sprinkled around the lot, including the Whale Bar, John Oxley Bar and Diner Bar.
For an alcohol-free cocktail, make your way to Mocktail Madness or Miss Flossy. For something refreshing on a balmy Brissy night, cool down with a ginger beer made with fresh Eumundi ginger. Fresh juice, soft drinks, tea and coffee are also in abundance. Good to know: BYO is not allowed.
It’s more than just a foodie mecca
The live music at Eat Street Northshore draws just as many crowds as the food itself. Let your taste in music guide you to the prime seating spot. If you’re after a little light ambience, pull up a chair in the LaneWay to take in the cool, laid back sound of jazz. On the MainDeck stage, local and touring bands add to the vibrant, bustling atmosphere; while the 7 OpenSky theatre is where you’ll discover an assortment of solo artists and duos, entertainers or watch the big screen transform into an outdoor cinema. At the Whalebar, the beats are in the hands of the DJ. Roving entertainment and pop-up solo acts are also scattered around.
You can also squeeze in a spot of shopping at MarketSquare and TradersSquare, where you’ll find an eclectic mix of retro memorabilia, neon lights, handmade dream catchers, Aussie artisan beef jerky, and even a place to make your own candle.
When is Eat Street open?
Eat Street comes to life every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm. On Sundays, they start a little earlier: open between 12pm and 8pm, it’s the perfect place to spend a casual Sunday afternoon.
How to get to Eat Street
Sure, it’s easy enough to drive to Eat Street and take advantage of the 1200+ free car parks (with plenty of disabled spots). But given its riverside location on the historic Hamilton Maritime wharf, the best way to get to Eat Street is on the CityCat, Brisbane’s ferry service which takes you to the Northshore Hamilton Ferry terminal, just a short 250-metre walk away. After discovering the three bars, you’ll be glad you decided not to drive. Insider tip: If you did drive, check out Mocktail Madness.
Good to know: The last CityCat leaves the Northshore Hamilton Ferry terminal at 11.19pm.
Is Eat Street dog-friendly?
Yes! Your four-legged family members are welcome at Eat Street Northshore, so long as they’re kept on a short leash and are people-friendly pups.
What if it rains?
A little water isn’t going to stop Eat Street. Between the nine undercover areas, all with ample seating, the only downfall is you may have to stay a little longer than planned (shame!).
For more things to do in Brisbane when it rains, check out this list.
Do I need to bring cash?
You’ll need to come prepared with at least a few coins to pay the $3 entry fee, unless you’re 12 years old or younger, in which case you get in for free. Some stalls take cash only (though most accept card payment) but there are nine ATMs on site if you don’t mind lining up.
First time visiting Brisbane? Add these other must-do items to your itinerary.