Behind the main streets, tall buildings and typical shopfronts lie a hidden land of laneways. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds, but packed full of promise, Brisbane’s laneways are ready to be discovered.

Each week we’ll explore a new laneway to see what’s on offer and why it’s worthy of a visit.

This week we stopped by Winn Lane in Fortitude Valley, snugly tucked directly behind The Zoo, and we meandered up the narrow strip of shops, delighted by all that was on offer.

The laneway itself is just off Winn Street in Fortitude Valley and is bursting with quirky coolness, fab flavours and unique products and services.

People-watching provides excellent entertainment and while you do that, you can eat until you are stuffed silly at Ben’s Burgers. The brainchild of brothers Ben and Nick Chiu, who also own cult CBD streetwear store Apartment, Ben’s goes some way towards filling the sizable gap left behind in Winn Lane by the closure of the beloved Flamingo Cafe.

A controversial inclusion in our recent list of Brisbane’s best burger joints, the Ben’s Burgers mantra seems to be quality over quantity — they focus on a few things and do them well, rather than spreading themselves too thin. There are only three different types of burger on offer at Ben’s (the classic, the special and the vegetarian), and although the stark, straight-forward menu is filled out a little by chilli fries, a salad of the day and three breakfast burger options, Ben’s early success seems to be a testament to the benefits of keeping it simple.

Need a trim? Step into Lawless Salon for a quick tidy up or York Hair Artistry for something more dramatic.

Looking for threads or accessories? There are multiple options and all offer something authentic and a step away from mainstream fashion. From street style at The Outpost to collectible vintage choices at Sunday Social, Winn Lane is ticking all the boxes for the savvy shopper.

Fun and flirty local label House Of Cards‘ concept store is a fashion favourite, while Miss Bond will surprise and delight with its beautifully curated selection of locally made jewellery, ceramics, accessories and gifts.

For the love of eyes, head to Core Optics to snap up a pair of high quality sunnies or prescription frames, and then once you can see clearly, your next stop must be cult bookstore Kunstler for all things word-related. For the musically-minded, Tym’s Guitars is home to a well-stocked range of indie records and vintage instruments, but is probably best known for the custom guitars, basses, amps, effects pedals and skateboards that are hand crafted by owner Tim Brennan.

Next time you’re in Fortitude Valley, make it your mission to stop by Winn Lane. You definitely won’t be disappointed.

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