As the title suggests, South Bank is just across the river and is the city's cultural heart, loaded with quality museums and galleries and home to trendy cafés and ethnic restaurants. The Performing Arts Center is here, along with the city beach.
The West End is behind South Bank and is another fun area with its bohemian look and feel and its many unique shops and homey cafés. This area is also home to popular hotels, vegetarian restaurants, book shops and market stalls.
This region of the Queensland capital is one of its most vibrant. It has pedestrian-only streets, bars and clubs and some great shopping and eating. It is also the home of Brisbane's Chinatown and is the place to head for live music.
New Farm is east of the CBD, to the south of Fortitude Valley, and lies within the next loop of the river. An upscale shopping and dining area, it is especially popular with locals and has many fine parks and areas to stroll the riverside.
Formerly Brett's Wharf, Portside Wharf is out at Hamilton toward the northeast of downtown Brisbane and is the spot where cruise ships dock. It has some of the best dining and specialty shopping and a state-of-the-art cinema.