Welcome to the Emporium Hotel and surrounding area:
Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar
Sipping exquisite cocktails and treating yourself to the tapas menu in the opulent Cocktail Bar is an experience rarely overlooked by Brisbane’s social scene and Hotel guests alike. Surrounded by an eclectic collection of locally made, custom designed and internationally sourced antiques, with live Music Friday and Saturday nights, guests of the bar can have an exquisite experience unique only to those at the Emporium Hotel.
Belle Époque Patisserie
Located adjacent to the Hotel’s striking lobby, the Belle Époque Patisserie is an essential part of any guest’s and local’s day. For the business guest, it is their morning cappuccino to go while Concierge holds their taxi; for the guest with time to be well spent, it is a freshly made turkey baguette while sitting in Parisian style overlooking the Emporium Precinct; and for the guest with a taste for sweets, it is a raspberry tart with a box of assorted Macaroons for the journey home.
This exclusive retreat is perfect for any guest looking to escape from the hectic lifestyle of the streets below. Crowning the Emporium Hotel, the rooftop terrace boasts a 15 meter salt water lap pool, sauna and gymnasium. Poolside snacks are only a phone call away as well as a signature cocktail list, designed specifically to be enjoyed on the sun lounges. With opening hours from 5:30am to 10:00pm daily, all guests can find time in their schedules to escape and relax.
In-Suite Beauty Treatments
This is an essential indulgence for all guests. In the privacy of your suite, you can select from an extensive menu of beauty treatments. Whether it is an Aromatherapy Full Body Massage or the Ultimate Indulgence Package, Concierge is more than happy to arrange it all for you. All you have to do is relax.
Shop in Style:
A retail, lifestyle and dining precinct featuring the most renowned and luxurious brands. Carried in the numerous boutiques, Versace, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, Tod’s, Dolce & Gabbana and Diane Von Furstenberg are just a few of the international lines available at Emporium. Home ware stores sell gorgeous gifts to make your stay at Emporium Hotel that much more special. And don’t worry about having to carry all those bags back to your room – Emporium Concierge is only a phone call away.
Traditionally the culture hub of Brisbane, Fortitude Valley is a forever changing scene of obscure labels and alley way stores. Just ask Emporium’s Concierge for the directions and in a short walk you will be in the heart of it. Art galleries, markets, high end and bargain boutiques litter the main streets and alley ways of The Valley with pieces unique to Brisbane.
Walking distance from the Emporium Hotel, James Street is lined with gift and home ware stores, designer fashion and countless cafes and restaurants. The James Street Markets is at the centre of it all with the highest quality seasonal produce, gorgeous florists, and irresistible eateries. Designer labels such as Camilla, Mimco and Sass & Bide lure the fashion elite while gift ware stores like Magnolia Interiors, Ellia and Ivy & Bird bring exquisite local and international pieces to your fingertips.
Queen Street Mall
At the centre of Brisbane’s CBD lies the Queen Street Mall. This is where guests of the Emporium Hotel go to become shopping exhausted (if that is possible for some). Large department stores such as Myer and David Jones dominate with countless other well known brands such as Guess, The Body Shop, Aesop, Ben Sherman, Lee and Lorna Jane. High end international labels line the Edward Street end with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Mont Blanc, Tiffany & Co., Max Mara and Hugo Boss. Concierge of course can provide detailed directions and organise transport as required.
Emporium Hotel guests are surrounded with a diverse array of restaurants right at your doorstep. The Emporium Precinct has every continent covered with Mexican, Italian, Moroccan, Asian, French and modern Australian cuisines to choose from. Ristorante Tartufo is recommended highly by Concierge. Ranking number five in Brisbane (Gourmet Traveller 2012) Tartufo is second to none for service and its classic Italian menu, carefully designed by the awarded owner and chef, Tony Percuoco, leaves every guest re-booking a table for their next stay. For breakfast you cannot miss Buzz cafe. Their smoothies, breakfast meals and coffees are only rivalled by the fast pasted atmosphere constantly exuding from the cafe. Other restaurants include Mecca Bah, Capri, Wagamama, Guzman & Gomez, Movenpick Ice Cream, Poppy Cakes and Grill’d.
Eagle Street & City
The famous Eagle Street Pier is only a short taxi ride from the Emporium Hotel and can boast some of Brisbane’s leading restaurants. Overlooking the iconic Brisbane River and Story Bridge, award winning restaurants include Aria (ranked second in Brisbane), Cha Cha Char, Jellyfish, Alchemy and Sake. Just around the corner in the CBD is The Euro and Urbane (ranked third in Brisbane) which boasts unparalleled European cuisine (al a carte or degustation) and service. Reservations are essential, but as always Concierge are more than happy to arrange your table and transport.
Similar to the Emporium Precinct, Portside Wharf provides a host of bars and restaurants ranging from the dine and dash to a perfect night out for a special occasion. With beautiful and original restaurants such as Byblos, Gusto da Gianni and Sono, guests of the Emporium Hotel will have no trouble finding something they love. Located on the Brisbane River, portside wharf is only a short taxi trip from the Hotel.
James Street, New Farm & Teneriffe
If you are in the mood for brunch, James Street is the place to go. Littered with amazing hole in the wall coffee stores, back alley patisseries and phenomenal restaurants for any meal, James Street has it all. Emporium Hotel’s Concierge recommends simply taking a stroll to James Street (a mere 400 meters from the Hotel) and check out the restaurants for yourself – there are dozens but we are sure there will be one perfect for you! Standouts include Harvey’s, Campos Coffee, and Fresh Sushi Co.
The greater New Farm suburb and Teneriffe are home to many of Brisbane’s fantastic, although a bit quirky at times, restaurants. For the adventurous guest, or someone who simply wants to try something different, New Farm is the place for you. The Himalayan Cafe on Brunswick Street is a truly authentic experience with the native decor and dim lamps for light. To the gourmet traveller’s, you cannot miss Anise. This tiny bistro and wine bar can only cater for up to 17 guests, but for what they lack in size they tremendously make up for in their food. Elegantly plated dishes with carefully matched wine set the tone for a truly intimate evening. Classic favourites also include Cafe Del Ugo, Watt Restaurant and Bar, Beccofino and Bucci.
After Dark Experiences
Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar
Walk through the vibrant red lobby into the elegant Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar. Live Music on Friday and Saturday nights sets the tone while our dedicated staff escort you to your lounge. Order from our renowned Cocktail List and taste gourmet tapas. With its unique design and elegant atmosphere, the Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar is a favourite for anyone with immaculate style, exotic taste and a passion for the exquisite.
Cru Bar & Cellar
Located in the middle of the James Street Markets New Farm, Cru Bar is the place to be for a weekend lunch or chic drinks with friends. With their open planned style dining space, and curtained walls, Cru Bar sets itself apart from your average bar.
Brisbane’s premier night club, Cloudland, is Concierge’s pick for a large night out. Choose from its three levels of bars in this opulent and one of a kind designed club. Guests can dine at their restaurant or book a private booth for a special event. Located only 900 meters from the Emporium Hotel, Cloudland is the perfect place to experience the best of the best of Brisbane’s nightlife.
Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley’s nightlife district, The Bowery is reminiscent the prohibition era of 1920’s New York. Live Jazz during the week and DJ’s on the weekend mixed with unique cocktails and traditional bar service, The Bowery is a place not to be missed.
Hidden above one of Brisbane’s best restaurants, The Euro, The Laneway is elevated above Spencer Lane and boasts premium spirits and boutique beers. Extremely popular with the young corporate elite, this cosmopolitan bar is a refreshing getaway from the busy streets of the CBD.
The Brunswick Social
Walk down off the street to one of Brisbane’s latest and greatest bars. Located on Brunswick Street, approximately 1km away from the Emporium Hotel, guests will find themselves losing track of time as they sip their favourite drink while tasting the bar’s very own dumplings. Open for after work drinks through to late night adventures, The Brunswick social is the perfect place for any night out.
Things to do - enhancing your Emporium Experience
North and South Coast
Some of the country’s best beaches are only one hour away from the Emporium Hotel. Whether you want to head towards the famous Gold Coast or up North to the more tranquil Mooloolaba, Sunshine Beach or Noosa, Concierge is more than happy to arrange every detail for you.
New Farm Park
Only a few kilometres from the Emporium Hotel is one of Brisbane’s best parks. New Farm Park has something for everyone. Playgrounds for kids, large grassed lawns for that game of touch footy or a riverside boardwalk for your early morning run or late afternoon stroll. The Brisbane Powerhouse, a multi-arts venue, has constant exhibitions, galleries and live performances daily and is located right next to the park. The Powerhouse also has Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant and Bar so you will never be hungry or parched after your day at the park.
The Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art is Queensland’s premier art institution and one of the leading galleries in the country. Hosting prestigious exhibitions from international artists such as Andy Warhol, Ron Mueck, Picasso, Sydney Nolan and Valentino, GOMA has become an iconic Brisbane attraction for people nationally and internationally. As a guest of the Emporium Hotel, Concierge can provide information on the latest exhibition and have your tickets delivered to your suite.
Located only a short walk from the Emporium Hotel, the Palace Centro James Street Cinemas screen a mixture of box office premiers and arthouse films. Centro also hosts the annual French, Brazillian, Greek, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian Film Festivals. For all of your latest movies straight from Hollywood, Dendy Portside offers the complete movie experience. Dendy can boast 3D cinemas and a long list of special events suitable for any movie lover.
South Bank Parklands
South Bank Parklands is home to Brisbane’s cultural centre. Beautiful parklands integrated with boutique stores, restaurants and markets line the Brisbane River immediately opposite the CBD. Kids can spend hours floating in the lagoons and streams while parents can relax with a picnic on a nearby lawn or pagoda. On the fringe of the parklands, Little Stanley Street can boast a collection of trendy stores, unique cafes and international restaurants, or walk to Grey Street where you will find Cinemas, the Queensland Museum, State Library and GOMA. The River Quay section of the Parklands is a new, vibrant park of Brisbane boasting gourmet restaurants spectacular views of the city skyline. South Bank is also home to special events such as market days, charity events and of course, Riverfire. Whatever your age, taste or idea of fun, South Bank will have something for you.
To truly experience Brisbane, or to truly experience something unique, why not climb Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge? Sitting 80 meters above sea level, climbers have panoramic views of the Brisbane City, Brisbane River and surrounding suburbs. Guests of the Emporium Hotel can ask Concierge for details and will have their adventure arranged for them.
Golf enthusiasts will have no problem finding somewhere to tee off, or even just a round of put-put. Emporium Hotel is located 10 minutes from the Victoria Park Golf Complex which has a Par63 18 hole public course, full hire facilities, a driving range, put-put course and fully licensed restaurants and bars. For those who are willing to travel, surrounding Brisbane is some of the country’s premier golf course such as Sanctuary Cove Golf Club and Brookwater Golf & Country Club. Being a guest of the Emporium Hotel, golfers can have Concierge arrange bookings, hire and travel arrangements.
The numerous shopping/lifestyle precincts surrounding the Emporium Hotel boast weekly and monthly market shopping events. Located in New Farm, the Jan Powers Farmers Market is a foodies heaven brining fresh produce and flowers straight from the farm to the city, as well as food related products sold by country and city dwellers alike. The Brisbane Valley Markets, centred on Brunswick Street and the China Town Mall (900m from Emporium Hotel) operate Saturday and Sunday’s weekly. Local artists, designers, jewellers showcase their products side by side with second-hand retailers, antique dealers and dozens of international food stalls.
You only live once experiences...
Emporium Hotel's Ultimate Indulgence Package
This is for guests who are seeking the pinnacle of luxury, elegance and exclusivity. Unique to the Emporium Hotel, your experience includes a private consultation with Award-Winning jeweller Margot McKinney, and $10,000 towards a magnificent, bespoke designed jewellery piece. Also included is overnight accommodation in an Emporium Suite with a Romantic Turndown, Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Vintage Champagne, 24hr Personal Concierge, breakfast and in-room Day Spa pampering. For only $12,000, your partner is worth the indulgence! Contact the Emporium Hotel to speak to your Personal Consultant about this package.
Why not indulge in a private dining experience. The Emporium Hotel can facilitate this for you in our dining rooms served by your own personal waiters and award winning chefs.
Being ranked Gourmet Traveller’s 5th best restaurant in Brisbane, Tartufo can boast one of the city’s best degustation menus. Guests can choose from either a 5 or a 7 course degustation menu, then sit back and relax while the restaurant’s sommelier recommends wine for each course. A degustation experience at Tartufo really is an essential indulgence.
Traffic will be the least of your concerns while you are relaxing in a European Saloon. Whether it is to/from the airport, a business meeting or even just to have a driver for the day, Concierge can arrange it all for you. Guests can choose from a Mercedes S Class to an Audi A8 Series so you will always travelling elegantly and exclusively. Your personal driver will make sure are dropped off in style and right on time.
Brisbane has some of the world’s most prestigious brands right alongside locally designed gems; the trick is knowing where to find them. Personal shopping takes the stress out of it and allows you enjoy every moment. Your personal style guide will tailor your day package to your individual needs, whether that is a new suit, a dress for a function or an entire new wardrobe, you will be left looking your best.
In Suite Beauty Treatment – Ultimate Indulgence
This luxury treatment is for guests who really want to treat themselves, or that special someone. Start with a Full Body Massage and sea salt exfoliation, followed by a deluxe manicure & pedicure, then finish with a facial of choice. Guests are left with an Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner to continue the treatment even after checkout. All is completed in the privacy of your suite by your personal beauty therapist.