Blessed with endless good weather and ample green spaces, Brisbane is a city that takes its markets very seriously – still offering up a completely relaxed market experience, like all good outdoor shopping and epicurious outings should.
1. Powerhouse Farmers Market
Part of the Jan Powers Farmers Market family, the Powerhouse Markets grace New Farm with fresh produce and amazing providores every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 6am – 12pm. Start the day with a coffee and croissant or perhaps an omelette or crepe. The options are plentiful. Graze all the way onto lunch as you pick up preserves, small goods and farm-fresh produce to take home with you, or perhaps provisions for a picnic in the adjacent New Farm Park!
2. Suitcase Rummage
On the first and third Sunday of every month, Suitcase Rummage takes over Reddacliff Place in Brisbane City, outside the Treasury Casino. The concept is simple; all selling must take place from a suitcase. No need for racks or trestle tables, this market is all about the rummage. Good old-fashioned rummaging for vintage clothes, handmade wares and bric-a-brac. A flea market for fashionistas and bargain hunters alike, with no mass-produced products in sight, this is Etsy in real life.
3. Eat Street
Foodies paradise Eat Street has stepped up to the plate, offering locals and tourists alike a unique street food and shopping experience. Open every Friday, Saturday from 4pm-10pm and Sunday from 10am-7pm at Hamilton Wharf, the Eat Street Markets are inspired by Asian style hawker centres with a modern take. The various vendors are setup in specially designed shipping containers. You’ll find everything from gluten-free doughnuts to potato slinkies.
4. Davies Park Market
Every Saturday morning Davies Park fills with dedicated market goers in search of German sausages, chai lattes, reiki massages and their weeks fill of quality fruit and vegetables. While there are plenty of tie-dyed hippy pants in sight, there’s also a good range of vintage clothing and one-of-a-kind handmade clothing and jewellery. Grab a shady spot by the river to soak up the atmosphere and some delicious Dutch pancakes for morning tea.
5. Bakery Lane Providore Market
Set in arguably the most stylish laneway in Brisbane, the relatively new Bakery Lane Providore Market takes place on the first Saturday of the month, spruiking deliciousness from local artisans and producers. Stallholders include Bee One Third Honey, who harvest their yellow gold from Brisbane rooftops, Reverends Fine Coffee, and Crust & Co Artisinal Bread.
6. Northey Street Organic Market
For those who like a bright and early start to their Sunday morning, these organic markets run on Brisbane’s inner north every Sunday from 6am until 10.30am. Aside from offering the freshest and purest organic produce, the market is also a great place to grab a chai and some breakfast in a relaxed environment.
7. Eagle Farm Markets
A chance to wander around Ascot Racecourse’s most historical buildings, the Sunday markets at Eagle Farm are a regal affair where locals gather to stock up on deli goods, baked treats and tasty brunch offerings. Find a spot under the grand fig trees and tuck into a roesti with smoked salmon and enjoy some mellow Sunday morning live music.
8. Young Designers Market
For the Sunshine State’s cutting edge designs, look no further than the monthly Young Designers Market on Little Stanley Street at South Bank. Held from 10am to 4pm on the first Sunday of each month, you’ll find exciting clothing jewellery, homewares, print and more from up to 80 talented new local designers.
9. City Farmers Market
Jan Powers bring their market-winning-formula to the heart of the city every Wednesday from 10am to 6pm. City workers and tourists alike flock to feast on everything from paella to pineapples, bagels to baklava. Sample cheeses and pick up local honey and fruit and vegetables. Perhaps gather provisions for a picnic along South Bank or the City Botanic Gardens.
10. Finders Keepers Market
Twice a year, Brisbane goes kitsch crazy for the weekend long the Finders Keepers Market. Held at the Heritage-listed Old Museum, the market gathers creative folk from all over the country, selling unique art and designs. An event not to be missed, Brisbanites make of day of shopping and eating and drinking in the beautiful museum grounds.