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Chinatown Brisbane with kids – What’s on for families?

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Chinatown Brisbane – family-friendly, cheap eats!

Traveling through Chinatown Brisbane’s iconic red gates will open your family up to a world of cuisine that they may have never tried before.

Where is it?

Chinatown Brisbane map


Chinatown is parallel to the famous Brunswick Street mall. It’s easily accessible by public transport (plentiful bus options or Fortitude Valley station) and there are a number of paid parking facilities close by. If you’re traveling with kids, they ride free on weekends!

The traditional red gates herald your arrival and you’re flanked by 320 kilogram stone lions guarding the walk way. There are always plenty of beautiful things to see depending on the time of year – kids who love lanterns and lights are in for a treat!

Recent redevelopments in the Valley mean that there are more inter-connecting alleyways that house their own treasures. Make time to have a wander around and explore the area – it’s very different nowadays and you’re in for a real treat!

Family friendly restaurants in Chinatown Brisbane

There are a number of Yum Cha options (family style dining where small dishes are brought to the table on little carts) along the Chinatown mall. There are a number of pho and noodle restaurants, coffee shops and Thai food options available as well.


Many of the restaurants have their own bathrooms but if you’re caught short in the area your best bets are the public toilets in Brunswick Mall next to the Police beat.

What’s on?

There are often shows, exhibits and cultural events taking place in Chinatown Brisbane mall. It’s particularly exciting around Chinese New Year. This celebration follows the lunar calendar so the date changes every year. It’s always held in either January or February. To find out what is coming soon check out ‘What’s On’ calendar.


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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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