I just got back from Brisbane, the closest city from where I live. The emporium precinct is the only place to stay while in Brisbane which is what we did. You have the very glam, well designed Emporium hotel, the french cafe Belle Epoque for breakfast and one of the best homeware stores in Brisbane Ollie and LLoyd for some serious shopping.
the very French Belle Epoque
an example of cool home wares from missoni, dinosaur designs and alessi available at Ollie and LLoyd
the beautifully designed Emporium hotel