Hidden Gems of the CBD

When you’re out and about in Queen Street Mall, there are all sorts of wonderful things to experience: the jazzy tunes from the saxophone dude, the gorgeous aroma of LUSH bath bombs, and the two-storey Dymocks. All of these things can be seen with the naked eye, but there are some fantastic hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. And we’ve rounded up the best places so you don’t have to look for them yourself!

Archives Fine Books
Book lovers of Brisbane need to add Archives Fine Books to their bucket list. This bookstore is home to some gorgeous old books, as well as the gorgeous smell of the aforementioned old books. According to the owners, there is a seven-year curse for those who dare to steal one of their books… Whether you believe in curses or not, you can’t deny there’s something magical about Archives.

John Mills Himself
By day, it’s a cafe hidden beneath Archives Fine Books. By night, it’s a bustling cocktail bar. John Mills Himself is a tiny establishment that is home to some fantastic coffee and craft spirits. It is the living embodiment of the quote “good things come in small packages.”

Coffee Iconic
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia. But rather than fly there to get a good coffee, head over to Coffee Iconic, which is a small slice of Melbourne (according to the staff). The food is delicious, the coffee is excellent, and there’s a charming garden to sit in. I plan on doing a more extensive review of Coffee Iconic, so watch this space!

Brew
If you’ve ever walked past the alley next to the 7-Eleven on Albert Street, you’ve missed out on an amazing bar/cafe. Brew not only has an awesome selection of food, alcohol and coffee (the best things in life), but they have a meal/drink deal for every day of the week!

Showroom 
Featuring home decor and fashion accessories from local entrepreneurs and web-based designers, Showroom is the perfect place to look at all the things that you’d put in your dream house. The aesthetic is marvellous, and when you’ve finished shopping, you can go to Le Bon Choix next door for a macaron!
(PS: If you click the link above, you can check out the Showroom collection online!)

Bean. 
This is the cafe that I have always recommended to my friends. I’ve bean frequenting Bean since 2014, as not only is the coffee divine and the hipster aesthetic charming, but the staff are some of the loveliest people you will ever meet. Bean also features a selection of board games and great food. It will be your new go-to coffee stop.

In exciting news, this Saturday (May 27) will mark the first anniversary of Pear and Ivy‘s inception. Our birthday plans involve cake, coffee and publishing a really kick-arse blog post. We’d like to ask our dearly beloved readers (that’s you!) to suggest ideas for this really kick-arse blog post, as we’d love to know what you want us to write about. It can be a food review, a recipe, Donald Trump’s tax returns… whatever you’re all secretly keen to see!

Much love,
Pear and Ivy xx

PS: The Instagram picture from Showroom is not mine. I included it in this post because it looked nice, but also to encourage y’all to follow them on Instagram. Cheers xx

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