A Day in Bardon: Don’t Miss These Great Spots on Your Next Visit

Reviewed by Christina Penrose

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Coot-tha, Bardon locals enjoy living within a leafy, hilly environment with a peaceful village feel while being within easy distance to the perks and opportunities of the CBD. Classic Queensland homes abound in Bardon, along with some unique cafes and sprawling parks to explore. Bardon is perfect for those seeking a community lifestyle and a comforting break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Bardon attracts many different demographics from young families to mature couples and shares a vibrant café culture with neighbouring Paddington and Red Hill. If you’re new to Bardon or just passing through, there is a range of exciting things to fill your weekends, including:

Bardon residents sitting under stalls

The Bardon Community Markets

Open every Sunday, the Bardon Community Markets boast a range of stalls including fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade gifts and community made goods. Grab a friend and some comfy shoes and get ready to explore the best of local Bardon talent.

Sweetshop Specialty Coffee

If you ask a local where to get a good coffee in Bardon – chances are they’ll say, Sweetshop. Paying homage to the old sweet shop that used to stand in its place, Sweetshop Specialty Coffee has managed to maintain its customer base for after school sweets, delicious coffee for business meetings, and generous meals for long lunches. The café has a beautiful interior of open space and natural features, making it a bright and comfortable place to relax and enjoy.

Goodfolk Café

Keeping with the theme of celebrating Bardon’s historical buildings, Goodfolk café is located within the old hardware store and has restored the wooden features of old to bring a unique charm. This is the perfect place to bring your four-legged friend for a puppacino while you enjoy a specialty coffee, house baked treat or hearty all-day breakfast. With unique furniture sprawled across a split-level dining area and shaded outdoor space, there is plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the spoils in this classic Bardon homestyle space.

Bardon Thyme

Another dog-friendly option, the architecture and style of Bardon Thyme will have you intrigued with dark unique wood panelling inviting you into the bright and airy dining space. Here, you can enjoy an ever-changing menu of daily specials and classic favourites such as Avocado on Toast alongside single origin coffee, loose leaf teas, fresh juices, and more.

The Bardon Shed

The Bardon Shed

The Bardon Shed is a must see for tourists and locals. Featuring a gourmet deli and grocery plus organic juice, coffee, fresh produce and just-baked bread – The Bardon Shed will help you to enjoy the finer, more delicious things of life right from your very own kitchen. Locals can’t get enough of the fresh produce and great service found at The Bardon Shed, and we’re confident you’ll love this local gem too.

Sweet As Candy Vintage

An exclusively Bardon experience, Sweet As Candy Vintage is an appointment only store that sells vintage delights from around the world. Available for private bookings as well as special events such as hens’ parties, this unique store has everything a vintage lover could desire. If fashion and unique treats are your thing, a visit to Sweet As is an essential Bardon pitstop that will offer you a piece of history to hold onto.

Rainworth Seafood

What goes better with Queensland weather than Fish and Chips? Rainworth Seafood will have your lunchtime sorted with generous portions of delicious fish, chips, burgers and the ‘best calamari ever. Open for dine in and takeaway, and located off Boundary Road in Bardon, Rainworth is an easy choice for locals and tourists alike.

Two Lads Café and Pizzeria

Two Lads has something for everyone with specialty coffee, vegan treats and artisan bread during the day and woodfired pizzas and gelato at night. Here, you can enjoy a taste of France in their pastries, and some of the best quality produce in their pizzas. With a passion for good food and good service, you will be sure to feel like one of the family at Two Lads.

The Mount Coot-Tha Forest

Mount Coot-tha Forest

Wondering through Bardon, you will be surrounded by towering trees, untouched nature and native birdlife. What you may not realise is that there is a section of Brisbane’s largest natural landscape in Bardon – the Mount Coot-tha Forest. Mount Coot-tha joins Bardon to surrounding suburbs Chapel Hill, Taringa, Toowong, and the Gap, and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike for its walking tracks, lookouts, native flora and fauna, waterfalls and creeks.

The Local Parks

Staying true to its reputation as the perfect spot for nature lovers – Bardon has a range of local parks available for the public to enjoy. From off leash dog areas to walking tracks and exciting playgrounds, the parks in Bardon have something for the whole family to enjoy. Outdoor plans are the perfect solution to the restrictions and seating limits that many businesses are facing and will allow you to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while the kids run free. For more inspiration for your next park trip, visit our blog dedicated to Bardon parks here.

There is no doubt in our minds that Bardon is the perfect choice for those seeking a quiet lifestyle packed with opportunity. Old style Queenslanders still stand as renovated and modernized masterpieces, and the local businesses do their best to maintain history with refurbished and repurposed buildings. Its elevated position and proximity to the city make Bardon an ever-growing suburb in terms of population and infrastructure. Homes in Bardon are quick to sell, excited to buy and priced well for the location and lifestyle perks.

If you’re looking to make the move to Bardon or to sell your Bardon home, we can help, with our depth of local knowledge, decades of experience in real estate opportunities just like yours, our home staging skills and our free auctioneer perks. If you’re ready to discuss your Bardon property, contact us today.