West End isn’t your ordinary inner-city suburb. It may be small, but this district is highly-regarded as the most bohemian and culturally diverse in all of Brisbane. West End hosts a vibrant nightlife, great music and entertainment, and a lively cultural scene. Long stretches of restaurants, cafes, and bars line the streets, turning the place from the laid-black café central it is by day to a vibrant entertainment hub at night.
The Vibrant History
West End is one of Brisbane’s earliest suburbs. English settlers christened it with the name after finding the place reminiscent of the West End in London. The area’s Aboriginal name is “Kurilpa,” which means a place of water rats. Similar to other suburbs in the city, West End started as a farmland. It boasted a number of industries from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, including gas, concrete pipe, and iron works.
West End is one of the first suburbs to have a tram line, which operated from 1885 to 1969. The tram originally ended at Boundary Street, but the city extended it to the southern end of Hardgrave Road, and eventually to Hoogley Street in 1897.
A Multi-Cultural Food Scene
West End is home to the best coffee shops, restaurants, and bars in Brisbane. It has a multi-cultural food scene, offering locals and tourists world-class cuisine. Whether you love Chinese, Greek, Vietnamese, American, Italian, or native Australian dishes, you’ll surely find a restaurant of your choice here. Choose from a number of West End restaurants and sample the best and the finest from across the globe.
A Cultural Melting Pot
West End is Brisbane’s most successful multi-cultural area. The suburb is home to the city’s largest indigenous Australian, Greek, Chinese, and Italian communities. A large number of Greeks migrated into the district after World War II, the reason behind its being called Brisbane’s “Little Athens.”
Today, West End is a popular hub for students and young professionals who study or work near the many universities in the city—and who give a modern take on the urban life it offers.