Hide & Seek Brisvegas

Hide & Seek BrisbaneHaving lived and worked in Brisvegas for a fair few years now, I thought I knew this city pretty well. But I learned a lot more while working on an awesome new travel guide recently and have subsequently been getting about checking out the other places it covers.

The third guide of its kind, following up from funky fellow eastern seaboard editions Melbourne and Sydney, Hide & Seek Brisbane focuses on the city’s hidden places—the kind you have to be a local to know and that not even all the locals know about.

As a general rule of thumb, if it appears in a Lonely Planet guide, it won’t be in Hide & Seek, Which is fantastic, because you get to see the real and the edgy of Brisbane—the big sleepy town moniker belies the cool things that are actually going on within its borders.

Hide & Seek SydneyHide and Seek’s broken into four self-explanatory, colour-coded sections: Hit the Streets, Treasure Trove, Feeling Peckish, and Night Owl and spans Brisbane venues and activities ranging from a quaint croquet club to perfumery to seeking out a bare-bones barber shop.

My own entries saw me braving the bull shark-populated waters of the Brisbane River at night for some kayaking by fairy lights, seeking out Brisbane’s largest cult video emporium, and heading along to a ‘Stitch ‘n Bitch’ knitting club, which meets each Tuesday at Brisbane institution The Three Monkeys and which I loved so much I’ve subsequently upped needles and joined.

Hide & Seek MelbourneBut even though I contributed to the book (and no, this blog isn’t about self-promotion, honest), I’ve been pretty chuffed at how it turned out have been getting about exploring the other places it features. Case in point: I last night had dinner at Eritrean restaurant Mu’ooz at Moorooka and loved, loved, loved it.

The name means ‘tasty and healthy’ and the menu is split pretty much 50/50 between vegetarian and meat dishes, something that makes my used-to-only-one-or-two-choices vegetarian heart sing. We had the vego platter for what I envisage being the first of many meals there and I’m still wondering how I’d never encountered the flat, pancake-like bread called enjera before now.
But I digress. Pocket-sized and budget-priced Hide & Seek Brisbane, this Australian-made publication comes complete with quirky maps and hot images, and the 40-odd venues and activities featured within its compact pages are easily foot- or public transport-accessible.

Yes, I’m in it. No, it doesn’t make it me biased. And yes, I will be buying up and imparting copies of it (and the super-funky Sydney and Melbourne versions) for Christmas and birthdays in between.