We’re lucky enough to spend a lot of our spare time wandering through the Valley eating, drinking, shopping, listening to live music and admiring works of art to keep you all in the loop (tough gig we know – sometimes we even get free feeds).

As creatures of habit, there are a few places we keep finding ourselves gravitating towards. We call these our favourite humble haunts so we thought we’d share these with you.

Even better than Nonna’s (sorry Nonna…)

Serving up a slice of Italy on the streets of Brisbane since 1966, Gardinetto Italian Restaurant is the place to go with friends to fill your stomach with all the pasta goodness. Boasting hearty meals under twenty dollars and small share plates of arancini, olives and meatballs, Gardinetto satisfies your guilty pleasure cravings within the walls of a vine covered courtyard. For bowl of feel good food made with love, have the spaghetti. It’s like a hug from Nonna when you’re feeling upsetti. If you haven’t tried this Brisbane institution, you’re missing out – Capeesh?

Shake ya’ tailfeather

With a tummy full of food, The Met has always been the place to go for a bit of music filled fun. As you darken the oversized wooden doors of The Met, you humbly stand under the floor to ceiling murals of Bamboo Bar. These murals were painted by renowned street artists to honour the urban landscape of Fortitude Valley. Now, they add colour to a room who hosts the best party anthems of all time every Friday and Saturday from 9pm till the early hours of the morning. Alternatively head down the main staircase into Coco, the basement of the complex where you will find the best underground dance music. Be sure to dance around the rest of the venue with us to explore the cocktail bars, cosy booths, the Main Stage which presents national and international musicians in world level production settings, and the VIP only Spy Bar overlooking it all. The Met never fails to lure us in with its tantalizing cocktail list, and concert line-ups that cannot be missed.

The coffee Gods

For a place to start the day we recommend grabbing your daily dose of coffee from Reverends; a busy little café where you can breathe in the rich smells of espresso while your tongue is treated to mesmerising brews and sweet conversation. Reverends has long been serving coffee for the daily addicts of Fortitude Valley within its rustic abode and for that, we worship them. It leaves a lingering velvety aftertaste in the mouths of customers that makes us come back each day for more.

Where everybody knows your name

If it’s time for an afternoon social drink, the Royal George Hotel provides the goods. A place Valley goers have affectionately come to know as RGs is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day. RGs is a Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct favourite with live music on Sundays, karaoke on Wednesdays, and warming pub food and brews all year round. Open from 10am until 3am, anytime is a good time to meet up with friends at The Royal George Hotel.

From listening to live music, dancing, dining and drinking, there are plenty of places to go that you will soon be calling your favourite hangouts too.