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A weekend away on James Street

A weekend on James Street, there’s really nothing quite like it. Yes, we are a tad biased, but where else is home to a curated collection of local and international designers, award-winning restaurants and bars, and threaded with hanging gardens and hidden laneways? To soak it all up, travellers and locals alike are invited to get to know our neighbourhood with our weekend away itinerary…


To experience the neighbourhood in its entirety stay at one of our two hotels.

  1. Sage Hotel – boutique accommodation which celebrates the community it resides within. Walls display the oversized monochrome images of nearby historical architecture, locally sourced textiles, and in-room treats from neighbouring providers and brewers.
  2. The Calile Hotel – a 175 room urban resort. Distinctive arches frame the lower levels and are continued throughout, right down to the breezeblocks. The focal point of the resort, the palm-shaded, cabana fringed pool.

Our recommendation, check-in Friday night to maximise your stay.

Friday Night

The dining options on James St are endless… but, modern European cuisine at Mosconi is a crowd pleaser. The restaurant is tucked down Arthur Street, where Head Chef Catherine Anders, has devised a small but robust menu. The food is fresh, refined and full-flavoured, and service warm and inviting – just like a Nonna’s!

Saturday (warning – you’ve got a busy day ahead…)

Start your day at King Arthur Cafe, who are advocates for all things sustainably and locally sourced. Their producers can be seen arriving early in the morning to drop off the farm fresh goods – and, the menu is ever-changing with the offering consistently tasty.

Next, ease into the relaxed vibe of the precinct and browse the stylish design destinations of Jardan, Living Edge, St Barts and Sheets on the Line where inspiration is aplenty.

Then, soak up all of the boutique shopping. Calling James St home is an array of leading labels, from Zimmermann, Aje, bassike to Lee Mathews, and local designers such as Natasha Schweitzer, Gail Sorronda, and Andronis Jewellery. If you have had your eye on the runways shows overseas? Samantha Ogilvie, Maryon’s, Calexico, Calexico Man and Camargue, all stock international favourites as well as pieces you never knew you needed.

By now, a long lunch is calling your name, so we recommend making your way to CRU Bar + Cellar or Bucci Bar + Restaurant. Each respective restaurant has an award-winning wine list and menu with views that overlook James Street. Your first difficult choice of the holiday, modern Australian at Cru or Italian cuisine at Bucci?

As twilight settles in, it’s time to dine (again!), visit sAme sAme. One of the newest restaurants on the block, sAme sAme is the evolution of beloved Brisbane restaurant LONgTime. It’s modern, Thai, fun, sophisticated and energetic. We recommend visiting at dusk to write your name down on the seating list then make your way upstairs to Los Bar aka Land of Smiles. The upstairs terrace overlooks Ada Lane and The Calile Hotel, so settle in with a cocktail or two before your name is called.


Sunday morning and a Hellenika poolside brunch is the thing to do. Hellenika occupies pole position by the pool in the heart of The Calile. Dine on favourites such as Risogalo greek rice pudding with blueberries and cinnamon or Eggs with eggs with eggs featuring boiled eggs, taramosalata, salmon pearls and toast.

Following Brunch, head downstairs to the hotel lobby and pick up a souvenir from Museum of Small Things aka M.O.S.T. The lobby shop stocks only local providers including James Street’s very own honey, produced by the beehives in the precinct. It’s a rememberable and tasty souvenir you cannot get anywhere else.

Before leaving, reserve some time for a treatment at one of the many health and beauty havens. Think an Organic Relax Massage at Endota Day Spa to melt the stress away and nurture full-body relaxation or a Crème & Clay Body Wrap at Kailo to detoxify and hydrate your skin – you are on holidays after all.


If you are new to the area, or a local who wants to experience the neighbourhood in a different light, pick up a copy of our James St Guide Book Edition Three. Stone blue in colour, the guide is available at both hotels, featured stores or online here plus, it is complimentary!

Your guide to all things James Street, it features maps, local insider tips and tricks, history of the area, and detailed descriptions of all of the boutiques, dining, lifestyle and beauty havens that make up the community.

There is a lot to see, do and shop on James Street, for more ideas see our Fashion, Lifestyle & Design, Health & Beauty and Food & Drink directories.


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November 21, 2019