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Neighbourhood Guide: Coorparoo"
By Concrete Playground
May 26, 2021
By Concrete Playground
May 26, 2021

Coorparoo has recently seen a surge in popularity thanks to its proximity to the city and affordable housing options.

The growing dining and lifestyle scene certainly helps, too. Perfectly blending the old and new, the suburb boasts charming character homes, parklands and an enviable low-key suburban lifestyle for locals. With its abundance of highly sought-after schools and close access to the city and popular neighbouring suburbs like Camp Hill and South Brisbane, the area is popular among young professionals and families alike.

Coorparoo has recently seen a surge in popularity thanks to its proximity to the city and affordable housing options.


This area of Brisbane has a rich Aboriginal history. The suburb was named after the Coorparoo Clan that camped along creeks south of the Brisbane River. Their name originates from the word ‘kulpurum’, which was the Indigenous word for Norman Creek.


Coorparoo Station is located on the Cleveland Line and is a short stroll from the main hub along Cavendish Road. Buses also operate frequently in the area, taking you to and from the CBD and right across Brisbane. Locals can be spotted pounding the pavements around the suburb, so walking is another option.


According to, the median house price in Coorparoo, as at March 2021, is $950,000 for houses and $395,000 for units. Based on the past five years, the compound growth rate is currently sitting at 3.6 percent for houses. Check out NAB’s Property Report to learn more, then use its handy Home Loan Calculator to find out how much you can borrow. Or, book an appointment here.


To experience a day in the life of a Coorparoo local, immerse yourself in the suburb’s growing cafe and dining scene. Coorparoo Square is bustling with options, like Beyond the Pale and Kivahan. After you’re suitably fuelled, make your way to Sunday Society on popular Leicester Street for a spot of interiors shopping.

Living in Coorparoo

Discover the spots that could become your new local favourites.


Can't function without your first cup of joe? This suburb is not short on supply thanks to these quaint and cosy cafes.

1. Little Genovese

Hot coffee straight from the source.

2. Florence Cafe

Wholesome dining at its best — from housemade preserves and pickles to locally roasted coffee.

3. Maude

Healthy and hearty brunch fare in an airy setting on leafy Eva Street.

4. Ninebar and Kitchen

A former local Italian fave has had a makeover — from the menu to the interior.

5. Rabbit and Co

A breezy corner cafe that plates up big flavours.


Whether you're hankering for Korean fried chicken or a hearty pub feed, Coorparoo has your comfort food cravings covered.

1. Factory 51

Industrial meets rustic.

2. Perch'd

Tuck into fish, chip burgers and battered pineapple in an old Queenslander.

3. Bistro Korea

All-you-can-eat Korean fried chicken. Need we say more?

4. PappaRich Coorparoo Square

Come for the buttery roti, stay for the Milo Dinosaur.

5. Botanica Real Food

You will make friends with these salads.

Watering Holes

Here, it's all about the coffee-cum-bar chameleons where you can sip away all day.

1. Beyond the Pale

From morning coffee to late-night bar snacks, this Coorparoo establishment covers all bases.

2. Shady Palms

We hear the sliders are fairly off-the-hook here.

3. California Native

A Cali-Mex hangout that will make you want to go on holiday.

4. The Old Seven Wine Bar

Coffee, wine and OTT cheesy jaffles — what more could you ask for?

5. Balance & Blend

A soon-to-open wine bar causing a lot of buzz.


Natural wine, cut-throat shaves and beautiful blooms can all be found in this leafy party of town.

1. Tony's Chopshop Barbershop

Pop into Coorparoo Square's sleek barbershop for a quality chop or cut-throat shave.

2. Sunday Society

This luxe homewares boutique has shag rugs and bar carts galore.

3. Craft Wine Store Coorparoo

A local family-owned bottle-o championing everything natty, local and made in small batches.

4. Camp Hill Antique Centre

This vibrant antique store has over 70 collectors and dealers under one roof — plus an on-site tart cafe.

5. Flour and Bloom

Expect lush greenery and colourful blooms — and same-day delivery — from this neighbourhood florist.

Outdoor Spots

With lawn bowls, wetlands and dog parks all on offer, it's easy to soak up the sun in this Brisbane 'hood.

1. Coorparoo Markets

Close that Etsy tab, Brisbane.

2. Whites Hill Reserve

This 170-hectare public reserve has walking tracks, sporting fields and lookouts.

3. Bowies Flat Wetland

This artificial wetland in the heart of Coorparoo is a perfect little retreat.

4. Coorparoo Bowls Club

Play glow-in-the-dark bowls at this heritage-listed community club.

5. Wembley Park Dog Park

Head to this expansive space for playtime with the pooch.


Settle into the slow-lane pace of suburban life with yoga studios, movie theatres and sleek salons.

1. Dendy Cinema Coorparoo

Get your culture fix with a side of popcorn at this independent cinema.

2. Premium Pilates and Fitness Coorparoo

This studio offers both in-person and online classes across yoga, pilates, barre and more.

3. Junction Yoga

A calming space offering a variety of yoga for all levels.

4. Tigerlamb

This award-winning salon is as popular for its buzzy atmosphere as its talented hairstylists.

5. Tiny Tree Cafe

This triple threat in Coorparoo serves as an antique store, charming café and nursery.

Living in Coorparoo

Discover the spots that could become your new local favourites.

CP's Picks

These are our favourite things to do in the area.

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