3 Secret Little Breakfast Cafes near the Brisbane Hotel

Posted on March 19, 2017 by Deb Peralta

3 Cute Breakfast Cafes to try near the Hilton Hotel Brisbane

Breakfast: The most important meal of the day can also be the most creative and most beautiful one.  Staying at the Hilton Brisbane is a wonderful experience though every now and then you might just want to find a quiet little breakfast spot not too far away from the hotel. So, when you next visit Brisbane and you wake up with a healthy and happy appetite here we suggest 3 cute breakfast  places that will have you shining all day - just like the Brisbane Sunshine!

Jump start your day with all these healthy, artsy and cosy little breakfast spots just a short walk along the Queens St. Mall Brisbane.

Felix For Goodness

Located at 50 Burnett Lane, Felix for Goodness is a hideaway Cafe in the Brisbane CBD. A tucked away little place - seems like you are so far away from the city hustle and bustle.

Using the best local and organic produce, they serve healthy, fresh, classic, flavourful and gorgeous food for breakfast. This cafe has a cool industrial vibe, really comfy ambiance - quick and friendly staff, bare brick walls, modern timber furniture, another wall with a clear blue sky painting, and oh! a relaxing window area overlooking a lane way. This trendy and cute cafe is truly a gem tucked in Burnett Lane, perfect for those who want to escape the bustle of the city.

felix cafe close to Brisbane Hilton

 (photo courtesy of Felix for Goodness Facebook page)

Dello Mano

Since opening back in  2006, Dello Mano has quickly become Australia’s favorite Brownies. From creating their masterpiece handmade luxury brownies, which by the way is a special favorite and enjoyed by numerous Hollywood actors and VIP’s throughout the world, they expanded their horizon and started making a range of handmade luxury cakes, chocolate delicacies, pantry treats, savouries and much more. Partnering with premium coffee roasters Di Bella, Dello Mano now offers light savoury options for breakfast, great coffee and their signature line Hot Chocolate.

Dello Mano proudly serves premium roasted Di Bella Coffee

Coffee at Dello Mano by Di Bella

Dello Mano has several stores one located in New Farm ( Merthyr Rd) though the one just a short walk from the Brisbane Hilton is perfect for a quiet homely light breakfast. Located in the Heritage Listed Tattersalls Arcade, the Dello Mano store is literally 50 m up the Queens St. Mall toward Edward St.  You'll be welcomed by a friendly team who will make you feel right at home! Happy to answer any questions you might have about your Brisbane Visit just let them know if it is directions you need or  things to do in Brisbane or just advice on the next cafe stop - they'll be sure to help.

Dello Mano serve light savoury meals just a short stroll from the Brisbane Hilton in Tattersalls Arcade

Enjoy a morning coffee/tea at Dello Mano and indulge in their delicious handmade treats and savouries. You may even consider a brownie on the side too!

 Dello Mano Hand baked Granola and fresh fruit served every morning

Dello Mano Fig and Date Granola served every day at the Dello Mano store.

(photo courtesy of Dello Mano’s Instagram Page)

The Pantry

For a delightful breakfast within the frames of the iconic Old Government House, The Pantry located at 2 George St. Brisbane City is definitely a must-try. With a classic and old Brisbane setting,

The Pantry’s atmosphere is really amazing. Enjoy a top notch breakfast in this café and experience something different in the heart of Brisbane. Be charmed with the many historical features of The Pantry Café and start your day with a happy appetite.

The Pantry offers a great tasting breakfast in a beautiful historic setting

image courtesy of www.pantrycafe.com.au

After breakfast, stroll through the beautiful Botanical Gardens, enjoy rare plant species and marvel at the age of some of the plants before heading a short distance back to the Hilton Brisbane. 

 The Pantry Cafe 

The Pantry Cafe set in QUT university grounds                                                                                               (photos courtesy of www.pantrycafe.com.au)

8 Top Tips For a Successful Weekend in Brisbane

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Deb Peralta

 Your Brisbane Visit

 Brisbane is a large and one of the oldest cities in Australia. Since the city is situated and centered along the natural beauty of the Brisbane river, there are major attractions,lots of must-see places and must-dos in our beautiful city. From historical museums to the best parks, premier shopping precincts and cozy cafes, indeed Brisbane has all the adventure you need for an enjoyable weekend. Let's make sure  your weekend is memorable with these 8 top tips for your next Brisbane visit. 

If you have a sweet tooth, head to the Dello Mano Boutique and Cafe at Tattersalls Arcade,in the heart of Brisbane. An elegant family-run cafe serving their world famous luxury brownies, cakes, high teas, decadent morsels and more. Dello Mano should be your first port of call on any Brisbane visit - after all you will need sustenance for the other 7 tips for visiting Brisbane :)

Book a High Tea at Dello Mano

The weekend is a special time to relax, unwind and of course enjoy great food. For your Brisbane Weekend getaway, book ahead  for the Dello Mano High Tea and experience our  world-famous brownies,  delicious sweets and savouries served on a tiered stand. Enjoy the relaxation of afternoon tea done well,coupled with the rarity of handmade treats. Maybe even pick up one of the delicious, extra sparkly Golden Gaytime Mudcakes at the end of your Brisbane visit. Who knows it might be your next favorite! 

 Dello Mano High Tea in the Tattersalls Arcade Brisbane

 (Image courtesy of  Dello Mano)

 Visit Queensland Art Gallery

 If you are an art admirer and have an eye for photography, then Queensland Art Gallery is your next stop. With over 17,000 artworks including modern, historical, and contemporary arts, this gallery really satisfies the love of art.With all its international and Australian art exhibits, Queensland art gallery is the top ticket for art lovers who visit Brisbane. And oh, did I mention that the proceeds of the gallery are used to operate its own cafes and restaurants which offer a fine dining experience as creative as their surrounding? Now that's really beautiful.


 Queensland GOMA portrait

  Image courtesy of www.qagoma.qld.gov.au)

 Try the Story Bridge Adventure Climb

 If you are an adrenaline junkie and looking for an adventure like no other then you must  try the iconic Story Bridge Adventure Climb for an unforgettable and special experience. With the summit 80 metres above sea level, you'll see the city sparkling and shining. Book it, Climb it and feel like you're on top of the world as you stand on the top of the bridge.

  Story Bridge Climb Brisbane

 (image courtesy of www.sbac.net.au)

 Experience the Brisbane Dinner Cruise on the Kookaburra Queen

After a day full of adventure and fun, end it with a romantic night and fancy dinner. Book  the Brisbane River Cruise and enjoy the sights of the city at night. With the 3-hour dinner cruise, you're sure to enjoy the buffet meal and a magical evening on the river. It will definitely be one of those nights to remember.

 Kookaburra Queen Dinner Cruise

 (image courtesy of Kookaburra River Queens)


 Book the Brisbane Kayak Tour

 If you are seeking thrill, chills and adventure all at once, never miss out on the Brisbane Kayak tour. For an hour and thirty minutes, you are to see an awesome look at the city's waterway, plus the adventure as you paddle your way to the river city. For the first timers, no worries  as you are supported by experienced kayaking instructors.Day or night Kayaking, this adventure will be memorable. Kayaking is fun! Book the tour here.

  Brisbane Kayak tour

 (image courtesy of viator.com)

Tour around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha

For a breath of fresh and scented air, the City Botanic Garden is a must visit in Brisbane. This beauty lies at the foot of Mount Coot-tha in  Brisbane. The 56 hectare premier botanic garden has a tropical display dome, bonsai house with over 300 bonsai trees, exotic rainforest, Japanese garden, lagoon, bamboo grove and many more features everyone is sure to enjoy exploring. You will be relaxed and love the surrounding beauty. Just make sure to bring your cameras with you to capture this experience.

  Brisbane Botanic Gardens

 (Photo from Wikipedia)


 Visit Lone Pine Koala sanctuary

 Of course the trip is never complete without a sight of Australia's wildlife. The oldest and largest Koala sanctuary in the world is luckily just a 20-minute drive away from Brisbane city. Never miss an opportunity to hold koalas, watch various reptiles, other animals and also hand-feed kangaroos.

Lone Pine Koala  Sanctuary Brisbane

(image courtesy of www.koala.net)

 Wander in the Iconic Queen St. Mall, Brisbane

 Wander in the creative setting and the iconic Queen St. Mall of Brisbane. Being in the heart of the city, this is one of Brisbane’s oldest shopping precincts. Housing an array of specialty stores, everything you could want is thee, in one central station. So after your trip around the beautiful city of Brisbane, wander inro the iconic Queen Street Mall in the heart of the city to complete your Weekend getaway.

 Queen St. Mall Brisbane

  (photo from Wikipedia)

Whatever you do, we're sure you will enjoy the great quality of life and weather Brisbane has to offer.

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5 Bars Walking Distance from the Tattersalls Arcade

Posted on March 09, 2017 by Deb Peralta

After a fun day of Wandering around Brisbane, it's always nice to head back and experience luxury in the heart of the city, enjoying the sparkling city lights and to maybe grab a drink. Whether you're in the mood for some cocktails, beer, wine, music, appetizers, bar food or more, no need to go far: it's all here in the city. Enjoy the nightlife as we list 5 bars that are just walking distance from Tattersalls Acade in Brisbane.

Tattersalls Arcade is located on the Queens St. Mall in the heart of the city. If you are staying at the Tattersalls Club which is located in the Tattersalls Arcade or the nearby Hilton Hotel, then this list of Bars that are walking distance from the Tattersalls Arcade is a handy reference guide.

 1. Vintaged Bar + Grill

Great news for those who are staying in the Hilton Hotel Brisbane, located just  50 meters away from Tattersalls Arcade is Vintage Bar + Grill . This gorgeous bar is located on the 6th floor of the Hotel. The Hotel offers exceptional dining and  received the coveted "Chefs Hat" award placing them the forefront of Queensland's world class produce.

Experience excellent service, order and choose from their famous beef recipes. You can watch your meal be cooked on the open grill. And it only gets better. You need to see their glass-walled and wine-lover's paradise, the Vintage Grill + Bar Wine Room. It houses a 1000-bottle collection from Australian wineries and more. Located in the heart of the city, this exceptional bar showcases food and wine.


 Vintaged Bar & Grill located walking distance from the Tattersalls Arcade

 ( photo courtesy of vintagedbarandgrill.com)

 2.  Embassy Craft Beer Bar

If you're planning for a night out the Embassy Craft Beer Bar  may strike a chord.This bar is said to offer  the city's "best collection of craft beers".With over 100 beers to choose from they also offer an impressive collection of wines. They not only serve the best range of beers, they also serve excellent food. Among their best sellers and a must-try are the Buffalo wings, nachos and potato fries. Their huge TV screen in the area is also a hit, plus a live band serenades on a Friday night. For a fun and exciting night, this place is really worth checking out.

Embassy Bar located walking distance from the Tattersalls Arcade Brisbane

 (photo courtesy of  embassybar.com.au)

 3. The Gresham Bar

Looking for an artistic cocktail list with in an old school atmosphere? Then The Gresham Bar is perfect for you. With a very stylish, old fashioned and a unique interior design,The Gresham Bar situated at 308 Queen St Brisbane, is definitely a good place to start or end the night. Offering some of the highest quality whiskey and wine in the country, plus a great selection of music everyone loves, this place. It is truly a work of art.

The Gresham Bar walking distance from the Tattersalls Arcade Brisbane                          (photo courtesy of The Gresham Bar Facebook Page)

4. Black Bird Bar & Grill

One of Brisbane's favourite Riverside Venues is a Modern Australian Restaurant with an outdoor terrace, bar, cellar room, champagne room heritage room and more. With its very impressive and fantastic setting,situated on the Brisbane riverfront, Blackbird Bar & Grill quickly became one of Brisbane's finest bars & restaurants. For three consecutive years it was awarded "Wine List of the Year" by Gourmet Traveler and "One Chef's Hat" by Brisbane Times Good Food Guide. With their superb style and ambiance taking you to another place and time, not to mention the amazing food and service, this bar on the riverside of Brisbane is perfection.

Black Bird Bar located walking distance from the Tattersalls Arcade Brisbane

 (photo courtesy of  www.blackbirdbrisbane.com.au)


 5. Sonny's House of Blues

 Sonny's House of Blues walking distance from the Tattersalls Arcade Brisbane

(photo courtesy of Sonny’s House of Blues Facebook Page)

Perfect for all the music geeks out there, Sonny's House of Blues , makes your night memorable and filled with music. Great live bands playing every night this place surely channels that inner musician and artist in you. Whether you're just there to sit back and relax or even sing along it all augers for a wonderful night. Sonny's House of Blues has a calm atmosphere, awesome affordable drinks, good food and much more. This bar is a great place to hang out and might even  be your next favorite spot.

Whatever your pick of these 5 bars just walking distance from the Tattersalls Arcade, you'll surely enjoy the best Brisbane has to offer. A night in Brisbane is always an amazing night to remember.



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5 Places to Visit in Brisbane

Posted on March 05, 2017 by Deb Peralta

               Brisbane, is a popular Australian city, known for its sunny climate and distinct old and new "Queenslander" architecture. As well as the sunshine, the city offers up a number of  historical and great landmarks to visit. If your're planning a visit to Brisbane then here are 5 uniquely Brisbane things to do:

  1. Newstead House

               First on the list is the "Newstead House" built in 1846. The old cottage in the Colonial-Georgian style is now furnished into a late Victorian style. The historic place is located in Newstead Park Cnr Breakfast Creek Rd & Newstead Ave ( opposite the Original Dello Mano kitchen at Breakfast Creek Wharf) and is open to public. Rich in history background the "Newstead House" is now a house museum for everyone to enjoy. It is managed by the Brisbane City Council. The Newstead House’s official website gives this indication of what to expect with your visit , "At first glance, the collections on display at Newstead House may appear bewildering. This is because the fashion for interior design and furnishings during the Victorian Era was very different to modern day fashions."

(photo courtesy of www. http://newsteadhouse.com.au/)

   2. State Library of Queensland.

Established on 1896 and opened to public on 1902, the State Library of Queensland contains a significant portion of Queensland's documentary heritage. Up to this day, the library provides books to public libraries throughout Queensland. In this modern day, the establishment holds a free co working space, business studios, entrepreneur support startups to provide and support the people of Queensland. State Library of Queensland is located at Stanley Pl, South Brisbane Queensland.

(Image courtesy of  Wikipedia)


3. Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha

If you are looking for an ambience that's brought alive by mother nature, then Brisbane Botanic Gardens is where you should head when you next visit Brisbane. Located at Toowong, Queensland, Australia, at the foot of Brisbane's tallest mountain, Mount Coot-tha, there are lots of enjoyable features for those visiting Brisbane. Some of the best features of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens are their tropical display dome (a large lattice structure displaying plants from the tropics), Bonsai House, exotic rainforest, lagoon and bamboo grove and many more.

(Image courtesy of  www.expedia.com.au)

4. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

The world's largest Koala Sanctuary is found here in Brisbane. For Koala lovers, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a perfect destination on your next Brisbane visit. Founded in 1927, the sanctuary is the oldest Koala sanctuary in the world. Located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket in Queensland,the 18-hectare sanctuary not only houses Koalas but also kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, and various species of reptiles. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a must-see-place for all animal lovers out there.

(Image courtesy of koala.net)


5. Tattersalls Arcade

         If you're looking for a relaxing shop or wander in Brisbane city then head over to the beautiful Heritage Listed, Tattersalls Arcade Queen Street. Located on Queen Street Mall in the centre of Brisbane, Queensland, Tattersalls arcade has been one of Brisbane's premier CBD shoping destination since 1926. It is indeed one of Brisbane’s oldest and most prestigious shopping precincts. Set just off the bustling Queens St Mall that houses 700 retailers and receives 26 million visitors each year, the Arcade is a respite in luxury and relaxation.  In the beautiful granite and frieze lined Arcade, you'll find an array of specialty stores including suburb jewelry Artisans, it is also home to the Brisbane's iconic Brownie and Chocolate Innovator Dello Mano. Located at Shop 8B Tattersalls Arcade, Dello Mano offers their beautiful Luxury Brownies,Handmade Artisan Cakes and a range of other delicious morsels as well as coffee and tea. If you're able to plan your Brisbane visit ahead allow some time to stop and  savour the heritage, art work friezes and delicious treats by stopping by for a Dello Mano High Tea.

Dello Mano store located in the Tattersalls Arcade

Dello Mano store offering Belgian Chocolate Luxury Brownies and other delights

Dello Mano is open in the Tattersalls Arcade 7 Days

Mon - Thurs  : 7am to 5:30pm

Fri : 7am to 9pm

Sat: 9am to 5:00pm

Sun: 10am to 5:00pm




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Art in the Tattersalls Arcade

Posted on March 02, 2017 by Phoebe Peralta

Last year the Brisbane Tattersalls Club celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Tattersalls acquisitive Landscape Art Prize. Initiated in 1990, the acclaimed  Art Contest has been celebrated by many high calibre Australian artists including Sybil Curtis, Maureen Hansen, Michael Nelson and Gordon Shepherdson to name only a few.

Art appreciation runs deep in Brisbane Tattersalls Arcade history. The arcade located at 215 Queen St Brisbane opposite the iconic, Brisbane Mall, Channel Store is Heritage Listed and is one of the oldest shopping arcades in the city.

Tattersalls Arcade Brisbane

Photo courtesy of Tattersalls Club Brisbane

Art has had its rightful place in the Tattersalls Arcade since the Club's 1926 beginnings. As early construction plans were drawn for the new Tattersalls Club, the Board commissioned significant 20th Century Australian artist Daphne Mayo to create frieze sculptures to adorn the Queen St. Brisbane entrance to the Acrade. Daphne is famous for other work including her Tympanum at City Hall, her Women's Memorial at Anzac Square and her contribution to the  establishment of an Art Library at Queensland University.

The Friezes at the Tattersalls Arcade Queens St. Brisbane

Frieze by Daphne Mayo over the door of the Dello Mano Store in the Tattersalls Arcade

Today at the Tattersalls Arcade, one of those friezes, stands proud over the Dello Mano store door. In a more contemporary sense, art in the Arcade, is well and truly alive evident in stores offering beautiful handmade jewelry, antique jewelry as well as handmade edible art in the form of Luxury Brownies and Cakes at Dello Mano.

"At Dello Mano  we've always celebrated art and we loved the idea of the art in both the history and the everyday of the Tattersalls Arcade. I've loved art since childhood and I am always keen to support Art wherever possible. When we first arrived in Brisbane, I jumped to the opportunity to be a Foundation Member at the GOMA in order to support Art in Brisbane." says Deborah Peralta co- founder of Dello Mano.

Art for Dello Mano is very much about food these days. Unique, thoughtful cakes carry the Dello Mano tradition of celebrating the hand made. And it was the art of food that drove Dello Mano creator Deb Peralta to fly off on an artistic bent, dare to dream and take the humble Brownie to heights never before seen in Australia. Dello Mano pioneered the Australian Brownie market. Back in 2006  when brownies were largely an unknown treat in Australia, Deb's artistic eye dreamed of a luxurious food brand with Luxury Brownies as the centre piece. The humble brownie was then given 18 months of Food Scientist Deb's time in extensive Brownie Recipe development, lashings of Dark Belgian Chocolate and unique beautiful packaging.  The result, a Brisbane Food Icon the Dello Mano Luxury Brownie, was borne.

 Dello Mano Luxury Brownies

Dello Mano though does not only restrict themselves to food art and include handmade art in each of its stores.  Says Deb, "We believe very much that our hands should be involved in every Dello Mano store. Our original store at Doggett St. Teneriffe included walls hand painted by Deb and her husband Bien - a mixture of plaster, gold glitter and various paint colours created a unique and ground breaking shop interior for the Dello Mano store."  

Dello Mano handmade walls at the original cafe

Dello Mano Bronwie - the original cafe+

The Tattersalls Arcade Dello Mano Store continues the tradition and showcasing handmade art in a sculpture known as "The Wall of Drawers" . Each drawer was painstakingly collected from road side trash collections and vintage stores by Deb and Bien and then sanded and painted. Their daughters and even Deb's parents all got involved in the painting process with each putting their own little stamp on the artwork. The result a beautiful 3 metre high art exhibit that quietly offers up the energy of one family's dedication as well as pays homage to the art of the handmade.

Dello Mano Wall of Drawers at the Tattersalls Arcade Brisbane

Dello Mano "Wall of Drawers" at the Dello Mano CBD Brisbane Store

Dello Mano is open 7 days a week at the Tattersalls Arcade in Brisbane.

The Tattersalls Arcade historic friezes can be admired 7 days a week during normal business hours.

You're always welcomed by the Peraltas to go sit alongside the Dello Mano "Wall of Drawers" and soak up the inspiration of a family's commitment to their beloved handmade Luxury Brownie business.

+Dello Mano Cafe Teneriffe has moved to Merthry Village - New Farm

Dello Mano Trading Hours at Tattersalls Arcade

215 Queen St.


Mon - Thurs 7am to 5:30pm

Friday 7am to 9pm

Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm

For further information about Dello Mano www.dellomano.com.au or call

1300 661 682


Brisbane Things To Do - In and around the Tattersalls Arcade

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Deb Peralta

Things to do in Brisbane in and around the Tattersalls Arcade Brisbane

The Tattersalls Arcade located at 215 Queen St. is one of the oldest shopping centres in Brisbane. If you're planning a Brisbane visit, the Heritage listed Arcade is a must do offering premium leather, antique and artisan jewelry stores as well as being the home to Brisbane's iconic Luxury Brownie creator Dello Mano. 

The Arcade building itself offers a fine display of art deco design and heritage. Walls of the arcade are adorned with friezes sculpted by well known and accredited Australian artist Daphne Mayo. The historic friezes appear gracefully over the doors of the arcade stores, so these beautiful displays of Australian art are able to be enjoyed freely and at your leisure. 

Shop and High Tea at Dello Mano

Packed full of high end shopping, it's a beautiful arcade to get away from the bustle of the city and sit down and enjoy a coffee at one of the premium cafes located within the Arcade. Green granite floors, vaulted Art Deco ceilings, brass trims and impeccable presentation give the arcade a rather demure elegance.  Dello Mano offers a high tea including their famous brownies and cakes set amidst the art deco architecture of the understated grandeur of the Arcade. 

Dello Mano High Tea

Dello Mano High Tea bookings can be made online or by calling the Dello Mano Tattersalls Arcade store directly on 07 3210 1168.

Should you decide to venture out, there are lots of things to do in Brisbane around the Tattersalls Arcade. Literally seconds from the Dello Mano Tattersalls Arcade door is a treasure trove of  high end fashion shops including Channel, Burberry and Hermes.  If you're in the mood for something other than shopping however here are a few other things to do around the Tattersalls Arcade. 

Macarthur Museum

Located a short stroll across from the Tattersalls Arcade, the MacArthur Museum houses the original  Brisbane office of General MacArthur . The office and its contents sit exactly as it was when the General left Brisbane back in 1944.

MacArthur Museum Brisbane

MacArthur Museum Brisbane - Image courtesy of Must Do Brisbane

The museum is somewhat of a locals secret and yet so worth taking the time, on your next Brisbane visit to pop in and absorb a little history not only of Brisbane but the entire region.

From this Brisbane room, General Douglas MacArthur directed the Allies successfully holding back the Japanese Invasion.of the entire Pacific Region. The General's original green leather chair remains at the desk and Brisbane visitors can sit at the conference table where strategies were discussed. 

MacArthur Museum

Level 8

Macarthur Chambers

201 Edward St


Tue 10am-3pm

Thu 10am-3pm

Sun 10am-3pm


Archives Fine Books

Head out onto Edward St. from the Tattersalls Arcade. Turn right and head south toward Charlotte St..

Archive Fine Books is located at 40 Charlotte St. and is said to house over one million fine books.  The extensive range of rare editions, collectibles and prints is an absolute joy to the book lover. 

Archive Book Depot Brisbane

The Archive Book Depot - Image courtesy of Must Do Brisbane

The Book treasure trove is rather perfectly located in an old 20th Century Warehouse that really does add some magic to the overall experience.

A city secret, set aside time on your next Brisbane visit to be consumed in this joyous book bounty.

Archives Fine Books

40 Charlotte St


Opening Hours


Commissariat Stores

A 5 or ten minute walk up Charlotte St. from the Tattersalls Arcade, tucked away from the city bustle you'll find one of only two remaining Brisbane Penal Settlement buildings.

Commissariat Store Brisbane

Commissariat Store Brisbane - photo courtesy of Must Do Brisbane

The Commissariat Stores were erected using local quarried porphyry rock. The Stores were was built by the convicts to centrally store and distribute food and other items such as clothing and tools as it arrived from the wharf.

When free settlement was declared and the penal colony closed, all but two convict built buildings were retained in Brisbane. The Commissariat Stores became a government stores building and so has survived to this day.

It is open as a permanent exhibition of Colonial life in Brisbane and often has periodic related exhibitions.

Commissariat Stores

115 William St


Open Tues - Friday 10 am - 4pm


Dello Mano was created in Brisbane. Open 7 days a week it is located in the Tattersalls Arcade just down from the Hilton Hotel. Enjoy handmade brownies and cakes, coffee, tea, light savoury or indulge in the luxurious high tea set in the Heritage listed Tattersalls Arcade. 

Dello Mano Tattersalls Arcade

Open 7 Days

Mon - Thurs 7 - 5:30pm

Friday 7- 9pm

Saturday 9-5pm

Sunday 10- 5pm









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Dello Mano Salutes Tattersalls Arcade Store History & Predecessor

Posted on February 26, 2017 by Deb Peralta

Continuing our exploration of the history of the Tattersalls Arcade, Dello Mano salutes their Brisbane CBD Brownie Store predecessor - Doree Mending Services.

Tattersalls Arcade History - Doree Mending

Doree Mending Service was a successful Brisbane Small Business spanning three generations of the Macdonald family. Through hard work, quality focus and commitment, the business operated through the toughest of Brisbane times, including the Great Depression and the War years. Doree Mending finally closed its doors at Shop 8B in the Tattersalls Arcade in Mid 2016 and the workroom space was filled by Brisbane Artisan Brownie and Cake inventors Dello Mano.

A Remarkable Small Business Story

In 1934, a year before construction of the Story Bridge, a young Alfred Macdonald, opened his business known as Doree. He had arrived earlier from England with excellent tailoring skills so with strong work ethic and devotion to customers, the business took off quickly.

Although business generally found it tough during the Great Depression, Doree flourished with people seeking clothes mending rather than replacement. The business also benefited during the Brisbane War Years, as the city experienced an influx of service people who required mending services.  At one point, the business employed 70 machinists and operated 3 locations.  Business prosperity at that time, probably best illustrated by their capacity to advertise during those years.


Tattersalls Arcade history - Doree Advertising 1940

Doree Advertisment 1930's - image courtesy of Doree website

History of Tattersalls Arcade - Doree Mending

Doree Advertisment 1940's - image courtesy of Doree website

Following Mac’s passing, his wife took over the business and continued to run it as well as raising three small children. According to the Doree website, she was well known for her friendliness and longevity.  She continued working and admirably retired after 55 years in the business!

The couple’s son George and his wife eventually took over running the business and eventually their son John became custodian.

Doree moves to Tattersalls Arcade

In 2002, Doree was forced to move from their Edward St. location due to demolition of the existing building.  The demolition of these premises would in turn make way for the construction of the new Queens Plaza.  Wishing to continue to trade close by, they set up Doree in nearby Heritage Listed Tattersalls Arcade. Tattersalls Arcade is located at 215 Queen St. Brisbane on the Queen St. Mall.

Although much of the market today is considered to have a “disposable” mindset, alterations and trade continued to be quite strong. Doree maintained an amazing brand presence even to this day. In May 2016, Doree finally closed it’s trading doors after 82 years of an outstanding small business journey.  A wonderful Brisbane Family Business story.

The images are courtesy of the Doree website and are shown with the intention of saluting and celebrating a wonderful Brisbane Family business.

Dello Mano is Ausralia's Brownie Pioneer and is open in the Tattersalls Arcade - 7 Days. Brownies, handmade cakes, cookies, high tea and light savoury are served. Coffee and Tea available till 15 minutes before closing.

Mon - Thursday 7 - 5:30pm

Friday 7- 9pm

Saturday 9-5pm

Sunday 10 - 5pm


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