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Sunday afternoon music scene in the Brunswick Street Mall in Fortitude Valley
Small bands are a regular fixture in the cafes and restaurants in the Brunswick Street Mall in Fortitude Valley on Sunday afternoons. Photos:

Chill out in Fortitude Valley

WHEN visiting Brisbane, you will undoubtedly find your way to one of its treasures, Fortitude Valley, or, as it is known by the locals, "the Valley".
   The valley, which borders on the Brisbane CBD, is the city’s entertainment and social hub, and there is plenty to see and do.
   Whether you are in the mood for a unique shopping experience, some perhaps off color music, a bite to eat from a cafe or restaurant with colour, or to simply see the variety this inner-city suburb bordering on the Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley certainly has plenty to offer.
   Brunswick Street Mall is at the heart of where it all begins. Although it was once renowned for its seediness, it has recently undergone renovation in order to make it more welcoming to all crowds. It's now a hub for cafes and restaurants and music. Free music entertainment is on offer in the outdoor eateries on Sunday afternoons.
   In the Valley you will find a multitude of street-side shops and cafes that will sate both your appetite for food and eclectic fashion.
   When the sun goes down and you are looking for a night out, Fortitude Valley delivers. It is ground zero for Australia’s rock n’ roll community.
   One of the premier places to check out the music scene is at The Foundry. A former hostel, it has touring acts as well as local musicians.
   Fortitude Valley is also headquarters to Southeast Asia’s grunge movement. In its back alleys and other streets you will find many bars and other venues where you can partake of that genre.
   Before venturing into a rock concert, no matter the size, you might want to fortify yourself with a good meal, of which Fortitude Valley has many options.
   It is a multicultural smorgasbord, with cuisine from its Asian neighbors in the Pacific Rim at Ann Gyoza Bar, a taste of Italy at Angelo’s Pasta, some Middle Eastern flavor at Alhambra Lounge, and even a bit of America’s Deep South at Papa Jack’s.
 No matter what you are craving, you are sure to find in Fortitude Valley.
   In between all the shopping, music, and fine dining, Fortitude Valley has a number of other events that will make you keep coming back for more.   

Brunswick Street Mall cafes and restaurants
Above and below: Brunswick Street Mall with its many cafes and restaurants.
Brunswick Street Mall
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Restaurant in Fortitude Valley
Restaurants brimming with character are scattered throughout The Valley.
Nightclub in Fortitude Valley
Above: An glitsy looking nightclub sits alongside an older, traditonal-style building in Fortitude Valley. Below: A fantasy world awaits inside the nightclub.
Nightclun interior Fortitude Valley
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Below: One of the historic commercial buildings in The Valley, belonging to the McWhirters shopping emporium.
McWhirters in Fortitude Valley

   On the weekends there is the Eat Street Market, on Fridays and Saturdays 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, lasting from September to May, bringing in a wide array of cuisines from around the world.
   For more local fare, check out the Jimbooba Country Market. It goes from November to December, and it on the third Saturday of every month, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm.
You will find numerous foods and crafts brought to you by local Australian growers.
   Fortitude Valley may have a bit of a past, but nowadays there is something for everyone, young and old, singles and families. It is definitely worth seeing when visiting Brisbane.