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Ultimate Guide To Brisbane’s Best Markets

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Damien Bonal Marketing Manager
19 minutes Oct 13th, 2021

If there is one thing every Brisbanite loves, it’s visiting their local markets on the weekend. They are a great place to shop for local produce, hunt down a few bargains, grab some delicious stall food and spend the day leisurely browsing through the various market vendors. But with so many markets around Brisbane, it’s not always easy to know which markets are the best.

To help you discover where to find Brisbane’s best markets, we’ve listed them according to which markets have the best clothing, bargains, fresh produce and food:

Brisbane’s Best Farmers Markets

You can’t get fresher fruit and vegetables that are straight from the farm. Even though most markets offer a variety of local produce, food, clothing stalls and more, here are our top picks for the best farmers markets in Brisbane.

West End Markets, West End

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Originally known as Davies Park Market, West End Markets runs right along the Brisbane River and offers a wide range of organic local vegetables, mud crabs, spices, fruit, herbs, artisan breads and international foods. Why buy packaged ingredients when you can get it all fresh here from local growers?

If all the fresh produce starts making you hungry, then you should check out their amazing food stalls. You can find delicious curry puffs to munch on, liquorice (if that’s your thing), African meatballs, Japanese dumplings, and their popular hot bananas dusted with toasted coconut flakes and drizzled with maple syrup!

Redcliffe Farmers & Artisan Markets, Redcliffe

the beautiful view from redcliffe markets

Each and every Sunday morning, people flock to the Redcliffe Farmers & Artisan Markets to enjoy delicious street food, wake up with a coffee and browse the many produce stalls while soaking up the warm sunshine in the fresh sea air. If you are wanting to find the freshest fruit and vegetables in Brisbane, then you won’t find it in a supermarket – you’ll find it here!

Make sure you bring a few shopping bags as you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to local, fresh and organic produce. There is freshly caught seafood, the most colourful capsicums you’ve ever seen, delicious mushrooms, juicy marinated olives, local Narangba bananas, freshly laid eggs and so much more. When you get hungry, and you will, we recommend trying the wood-fired pizza stall!

Nundah Farmers Market, Nundah

a sign highlight the amazing foods on offer

With a wide variety of produce to choose from, all straight from the farm, Nundah Farmers Market is one of the best markets in Brisbane to stock up your pantry and fridge for the week. Apart from vegetables and fruit, you will also find a selection of gourmet meats, eggs (freshly laid), homemade breads, pastries and freshly caught seafood such as beautiful local prawns.

There’s also festive live music, stunning jewellery and fashion stalls, beautiful flowers and plants to spruce up the home, and so much more. Make sure you get there early, grab a brekky burger and a freshly ground cup of coffee, and enjoy a relaxing weekend wandering through Nundah Farmers Market.

Jan Powers Farmers Markets Powerhouse, New Farm

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Drawing large crowds every Saturday since 2000 is Jan Powers Farmers Markets Powerhouse. As one of the best farmers markets available in Brisbane, you will find local butchers stocking a unique range of meats, bakers offering delicious homemade breads, artisans selling the most amazing cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables from local growers and more.

You will be spoilt for choice as you can stock up your pantry with some homemade pasta, revitalise with a hot cup of quality coffee, and enjoy an incredible selection of food such as aromatic curries, loaded bagels, healthy smoothies and acai bowls, burgers, delicious stir-fries and more. There is truly something for everyone at Jan Powers Farmers Markets Powerhouse.

Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets, Carseldine

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Since launching in 2014, Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets has been providing North Brisbane with incredible organic produce, unique crafts and gourmet foods made right on the spot! Here you will find locally caught seafood from fishmongers, premium farm meat from butchers, 100% organic produce from growers and freshly baked bread from artisan bakers.

Wandering through the numerous fashion, craft and food stalls with live music in the background creates a fun and enjoyable atmosphere – the perfect way to spend your Saturday. They also feature a large seating area which is great for taking a break from wandering and relaxing with a drink, a bite to eat, and enjoying the live music.

Best Flea Markets In Brisbane

Fancy yourself a treasure hunter that can spot a hidden gem a mile away? Are you always on the hunt for unique and rare items? Well, test out your bargain hunting skills at Brisbane’s best flea markets!

Sunday Discovery Market, Rocklea

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As a market icon in Brisbane for the past 40 years, the Sunday Discovery Market is home to over 380 market stalls to browse through and find a great bargain! The range of stalls is truly incredible, from indoor and outdoor plants and flowers, gardening equipment and pet supplies to workwear and tools, spare parts and a farmers market section, there is so much to discover.

Sunday Discovery Market is also a great place to go on the hunt for rare collectible items and gadgets, second-hand furniture, beautiful vintage and preloved clothing and stunning antiques. If treasure hunting sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday in Brisbane, then definitely check out Sunday Discovery Market.

Kelvin Grove Village Markets, Kelvin Grove

a rack of beautiful handbags

Every Saturday, thousands of Brisbanites flock down to the Kelvin Grove Village Markets in search of hidden bargains, delicious food and a fun family experience. You can find stunning, quirky and colourful jewellery and fashion accessories such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces and clothing.

When you start getting peckish, you absolutely have to try their famous steamed dumpling stall! You can also stock up your pantry with fresh honeycomb and homemade hot sauces, have your face painted, grab a creamy cannoli or their insanely addictive loaded cronuts!

The Collective Markets, South Brisbane

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Nestled along the Brisbane River is where you’ll find The Collective Markets, a highly popular marketplace for finding hidden treasures, tasting amazing food and enjoying a fun and vibrant atmosphere. It’s also a great place to pick up a few gifts and collectibles as well!

There are lots of stalls to browse through including handmade crafts and goods, homewares, eye-catching artwork and paintings from local artists, vintage and contemporary clothing and more. While you are there, make sure you visit their Mexican corn stand and get yourself a ​​henna tattoo!

Brisbane’s Top Clothing Markets

Have a keen eye for fashion or wanting to freshen up your wardrobe with a new outfit, top, bottom or jacket? Then here is where to find Brisbane’s best clothing markets.

The Market Folk, Newstead

people exploring various clothing stalls

Beginning in 2015, The Market Folk has quickly established itself as one of the leading curated creative marketplaces you will find in Brisbane. Amidst the great live music and mouthwatering food stalls, you can discover a quality range of eclectic and beautiful clothing from local businesses in the area.

The Market Folk is the perfect place to find stunning curated clothing such as fun shirts, adorable dresses, cute skirts, stylish tops and so much more. You can also find the perfect matching accessories from their jewellery stalls including earrings, leather handbags, purses, necklaces and more. With six locations around Brisbane, be sure to check their website for dates and business hours.

Valley Laneway Markets, Fortitude Valley

a stunning selection of clothing stalls at valley laneway markets

Held on every first and third Saturday of the month, the Valley Laneway Markets features an incredible collection of creative and curated clothing stalls for you to discover. Whether it’s pre-loved fashion, vintage clothes, handmade clothing from sustainable fabrics, retro pieces or more, you’ll find it all here.

If shopping for unique clothing, gorgeous ceramics, lush plants and delicious artisan food is not enough, then Valley Laneway Markets also hold fun events at their wine bar. You can get ready for the races in style with their fascinator making workshop, develop your palate at their Italian wine tasting class and get creative in their art workshops. There’s always something on at Valley Laneway Markets, so make sure you visit their website to keep up to date!

Riverside at the Gardens, Brisbane CBD

a large crowd of people enjoying the sun at riverside markets

After 28 years, the famous Riverside Markets closed its stalls in 2015 – but don’t worry, they just moved from Eagle Street Pier next to the Botanic Gardens to become Riverside at the Gardens. Celebrating everything that made them so well known to Brisbanites, you will find an eclectic mix of contemporary, vintage and retro clothing stalls, arts and crafts stalls, entrancing opal stalls and so much more.

As the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning, you can pick up a few new threads for your wardrobe while tasting amazing international cuisines such as Turkish gozleme, German sausages and Dutch poffertjes. You can also chill out to some live music while taking in the sights of the surrounding lush greenery. Pets are also welcome!

Suitcase Rummage, Brisbane CBD

an assortment of clothing and footwear

Brisbane’s Suitcase Rummage are mini-scaled markets with the unique theme of rummaging through suitcases to find a variety of pre-loved clothing. Each stall has the contents of their suitcase laid out, allowing you to easily sift through and find a bargain.

Apart from a wide variety of clothing including retro, vintage and contemporary styles, Suitcase Rummage also has other items to sift through such as books, records, shoes, bags, jewellery, jackets, handmade items, and even unique items that are hard to find anywhere else. If you enjoy a good old fashioned haggle and finding unique clothing items, make sure you check out Suitcase Rummage.

Brisbane’s Best Food Markets

Wood-fired pizzas, cheesy nachos, German smoked sausages – markets are a great way to fill up on some incredibly delicious (and addictive) street food. Here is where you will find the best food markets in Brisbane.

Brisbane City Markets, Brisbane CBD

someone eating delicious german sausages

If you can’t make it to the markets during the weekend, the Brisbane City Markets are held every Wednesday at Reddacliff Place and every Thursday at Cathedral Square. There are two things that Brisbane City Markets absolutely nails: having some of the most delicious food stalls and fresh farm-direct produce in Brisbane.

You can snack on freshly made sesame bagels, stuffed falafel pockets, loaded Mexican nachos, juicy beef burgers, slowly cured and charcoal-grilled meats, some of the best pad thai you’ll ever taste and more! If you have a sweet tooth, then you have to try their sweet cheese danishes, caramelised cinnamon buns and chocolate-filled doughnuts!

Eat Street Northshore, Hamilton

rows of delicious hot jam doughnuts

For a carnival-style marketplace where the food is just as vibrant as the atmosphere, Eat Street Northshore ticks all the boxes when it comes to incredible local and international food stalls. With over 180 shipping containers that have been converted into food and drink stalls to choose from, East Street Northshore is the first of its kind in Australia!

The only challenge you will encounter here is choosing what to eat! They offer a mammoth selection of cuisines such as glazed American ribs, Spanish paella, Mexican burritos, Indian curries, Greek souvlaki, French crêpes, authentic Italian pizza and Hungarian lángos. If your mouth is already drooling, we don’t blame you!

Milton Markets, Milton

people browsing a selection of food stalls

Start your Sunday morning the right way with a trip to Milton Markets. Featuring over 140 stalls, you can purchase your weekly fruit and veg from local farmers while also filling up on some of the most amazing street food. From incredible food to unique arts and crafts, Milton Markets has it all.

With a vibrant community atmosphere, you will have a blast working your way through their food stalls enjoying cuisines such as Malaysian-style roti, Greek sweets, smoked German sausages, New York-style bagels and French lava cake. Top it all off with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and you’ve got yourself a recipe for the perfect Sunday morning!

 

There is nothing better than waking up early in the morning on the weekend and heading down to your local markets. With great food, awesome produce, hidden treasures waiting to be found, live music and a friendly community atmosphere, these are our top picks for Brisbane’s best markets.