Bubble tea for days
If you’re more of a bubble tea person than a coffee person, you’re in luck. Bubble tea is everywhere. Head downstairs and you’ll find Lucha Kitchen and Bar, or pop into the Myer Centre across the road to get your dose at Tea Origin or Chatime. You can also head 100 metres down the road to Gong Cha or Coco Tea. That’s just a taste of your bubble tea options.
For our extensive guide on bubble teas and matcha options check out our blog here.
Your local noodle house
When you need a break from studying and only a big bowl of pho will do, AJ Vietnamese Noodle House is just around the corner. Not only is this hole-in-the-wall spot cheap, but it’s also mega-tasty. Expect to find all your favourites on the menu, from BBQ pork wonton noodle soup to lemongrass chicken. It’s so good that sometimes there’s a queue to get in.
Speedy Korean staples
Craving some authentic Korean cuisine? Madtongsan II is a lively spot full of atmosphere and delicious food. Enjoy all your favourite Korean staples – from kimchi and pork pancakes to sizzling bibimbap and pan-fried tofu in oriental sauce on rice – plus so much more. The best part? It’s all waiting for you at the touch of a button.
Brisbane’s iconic pancake stop
Pancake Manor is a Brisbane institution and one of the city’s most famous late-night haunts. But you can drop in at any time of the day (anywhere from 8am into the wee hours of the morning) for a stack of fluffy pancakes or plate-sized crepes. If there’s a pancake you can imagine – sweet or savoury – Pancake Manor has it. They also offer a regular menu with chips, nachos, burgers, steak and salads.
Doughnuts and doughnuts
Sweet, sweet Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Need we say more?
The best sushi… tacos
Love Roll is nestled in the Elizabeth Street Arcade and brings a twist to your usual sushi roll by instead offering it in taco form. This Japanese joint also offers poke bowls and the usual favourites like karaage chicken and Japanese curry.
Burgers in every flavour
Grill’d in Albert Street is your local burger stop. From a basic beef burger to a deluxe chicken burger and everything in between, here you’ll be happy to know that all of your burger bases are covered. That includes vegan and vegetarian options, gluten free and paleo buns, and other tidbits on the menu like sliders (ie. mini burgers) and all sorts of chips, from potato to sweet potato and zucchini.
For your matcha cravings
Koto Sanpo is right on the Student One Elizabeth Street doorway and is a great place to satisfy your matcha cravings. They serve up a variety of matcha-themed drinks and also have a huge range of matcha-themed desserts including parfaits, french toast and roll cakes.
Vegetarian and vegan fixes
Don’t do meat? Head straight to Vege Rama for plant-based, wholesome dishes you’ll feel great about eating. Think curries, stir frys, fresh gourmet salads and lots of veggie-filled takes on dishes like lasagne, frittata, pies, enchiladas and dosas. Like dessert? They have that too.
Want to find more vego options? Check out our list here.
A Taste of Singapore
Affordable and delicious Singaporean food that’s authentic and served with a smile. What more could you want? Little Singapore Uptown also has a reputation for dishing up its flavoursome offering nice and quickly too. Find a spot in the booth-style seating and settle in for a feast fit for a king.
Yakiniku Hanchi is another Elizabeth Street Arcade resident. Think do-it-yourself charcoal grilling and a range of delicious sides. This spot is popular so you may need to line up for a table, but we can guarantee it will be well worth it.
If Mexican food is what makes your heart skip a beat, you’re in luck. Dig in to all the tacos, enchiladas, burritos, arepas, nachos and antojitos (large snacks to share) at Comuna Cantina, tucked down a cute little laneway off Albert Street. And if you get there just to find that all the seats are taken, you’ve got backup: Guzman Y Gomez is just 80 metres away.
All things Italian
Pizza, pasta and plenty of fresh salads are on offer at Vapiano. Unlike a traditional restaurant, you order at the counter and get a buzzer, so you wait for your dish to be cooked right before your eyes (which is half the fun). Then join your friends at a table upstairs. You won’t be disappointed.
For Thai Street Food
Another new kid on the block is Na Bangkok, which is located in the Elizabeth Street arcade and serves up epic Thai feeds. You’ll find a combination of traditional favourites, along with some unique treats straight from the streets of Thailand.
Coffee on tap
Every student needs coffee on tap. Let Starbucks come to the rescue! It’s literally across the road, ready to pour you a double espresso, soy cappuccino, icy-cold caramel frappuccino or however it is you prefer to your much-needed caffeine fix. There are many other coffee stops all around you too, including June’s Cafe right at your doorstep. Early or late, you’ll never be left stranded.
For your sweet tooth
Head downstairs from the Student One Elizabeth Street residences and you’ll find Amai Kawaii, your one stop shop for crepes. While its decadent sweet range is perfect to get that sugary hit, its savoury menu is nothing to joke about either and is just as tasty.
For weigh-and-pay soup
Check out Fill the Bowl and you’ll find an interesting cross between a buffet and sandwich bar style counter where you can fully customise your bowl fillings. With a range of options you can select from noodles, vegetables and meats before your bowl is weighed, priced and returned to you filled with hot soup. It doesn’t end there, you can also add your pick of toppings and flavours for the finishing touch.