A short bus trip downtown from Brisbane city is Fortitude Valley or 'The Valley' as it is commonly known. Great nightclubs and bars make it 'the' spot for live entertainment. The Valley is abuzz with activity and Brisbane's best music scene is found here. Whether you like funk, jazz or blues there is a club to suit.
Many local fashion designers have boutiques in Ann Street, also furniture designers, other exclusive shops and smaller art galleries occupy the area. Chic bars, restaurants and cafes are everywhere, most alfresco style to enjoy the glorious Brisbane weather.
Weekly markets are held at Brunswick Street Mall on Saturday selling local urban crafts and designs. James Street precinct is a revamped, stylish affair with many fresh food and fish markets, exclusive boutiques and cafes.
Chinatown in Brisbane is located on Duncan Street, on the Chinatown Mall. Here you will find Asian produce, supermarkets, fresh food markets and many restaurants serving Asian cuisine. Chinese New Year is a great time to visit Chinatown Mall. Constant live entertainment and Asian celebration brings the Valley to life.
McWhirters Markets are another fresh food market in Wickham Street boasting a large corner art-deco façade. New Farm is another trendy area located next to the Valley, also full of galleries, boutiques and restaurants.
HMS Fortitude sailed along the Brisbane River in 1849, carrying many immigrants to Australia, giving Fortitude Valley its name. Many office buildings and businesses occupy the Valley, giving it a busy, hectic pace during the day.
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