Southsiders rejoice! Westfield Garden City at Mt Gravatt is back and it’s bigger and better than ever!
Our local shopping mall has undergone a $400 million makeover and oh boy, you can tell. The redevelopment welcomes an additional 1400 car spaces, 100 new specialty retailers, a resort-style dining precinct, a fresh food market and a host of new restaurants to sink your teeth into.
Department stores Target and Myer, opened officially by Jennifer Hawkins last weekend, have also joined the collective alongside David Jones, Kmart and Big W.
The most spectacular transformation though, is the new Town Square dining precinct and its ability to immediately transport you from the concrete jungle of a suburban shopping complex. A giant pool and bridge network, tropical flora and inviting lounge chairs have transformed the run down entertainment area into a lush subtropical oasis to rival the likes of Sanctuary Cove and Marina Mirage.
And a treat for the ladies, keep an eye out for the #GCpoolboys. Trust me, you wont be able to miss them!
Town Square’s array of casual dining options will make the new dining precinct your go-to spot for weekend breakfasts, lunch in the sun, coffee and cake, a dinner date or cocktails with the girls.
Choose between the revamped Beach House Bar and Grill, old favourites Hog’s Breath Café, Grill’d and Pancake Manor or newbies Hatch & Co., Kinn Thai, The Palms Mediterranean Bar and Grill, San Churro and more.
And while we’re on the topic of food, we must discuss 8 Street – an incredible Asian laneway that resembles the busy food markets and street laneways of Southeast Asia.
More than 10 different Asian eateries have taken their place in the hawker-style area that is bursting with fragrance and flavour as takeaway meals are made to order. It’s a permanent, all-day dining laneway complete with ramen soups, Asian burgers, Japanese pizza, Malaysian noodles, Asian BBQ, shanghai dumplings, wonton soup and more. I personally can’t wait to perch myself on a barstool and get amongst it all!
8 Street is perfect for lunch on the run if you work in the centre and for shoppers, is a great place to rest your weary feet (especially those of your accompanying male: nothing says refreshed like a large selection of quality local and Asian beers).
I’ll be dining at Garden City a lot more in the coming months as I work my way around Town square and 8 Street and wait patiently for Vapiano’s to open!
Here’s my top 5:
- Town Square and 8 Street – they’re a Southside gourmands dream come true
- The brand spanking new Target store with its own coffee shop and limited edition Missoni collection. Need I say more?
- Workout wear inspired by the yoga movement at abi and joseph
- Stocking up on bright hues at the (soon to be open) M.A.C store
- Sweet treats at the Noosa Chocolate Factory
Stay tuned for individual restaurant reviews!