Brisbane’s Northside is home to an array of quality markets, some more well-known than others. We’ve compiled a list of all the markets you need to check out, so mark your next few weekends as booked!
The Jan Powers Powerhouse Markets are one of the Northside’s most well-known markets which run from 6am-midday on Saturdays. The location alone makes them one to check out, with the Powerhouse situated on the river between New Farm Park and Dog Park. With fresh produce, an array of baked goods and more, these are the perfect markets to grab supplies for a picnic. You can even get ready-made picnic boxes from some of the stalls! Once you’ve got your supplies, park yourself near the roses or down by the water in the park. And just when you thought it couldn’t get better – New Farm Park is licensed, so you can even make it a boozy picnic if you so desire it.
Brisbane City Markets
While most of the markets on the Northside are held on the weekends, the Brisbane City Markets are a weekday affair. You can find them in the CBD at Reddacliff Place every Wednesday from 8am-6pm and on the corner of Ann and Wharf every Thursday from 8am-2:30pm. They have baked goods, fresh produce and an array of savoury options. Hot tip: we’d recommend avoiding the lunch rush and going earlier in the morning if you can!
Riverside at the Gardens Markets
Located in the City Botanic Gardens every Sunday, this decades-old institution (which moved into the Gardens in 2015) is definitely one to check out. These markets have a focus on local goods and art, but you can still definitely find some delicious eats to munch on while you explore the stalls.
Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets
Located on the former QUT Carseldine campus, these markets boast seasonal fruit and veg, seafood, quality processed meats and the all-important bakery items. They also have gourmet offerings like raw honey, handmade chocolate and artisan bread as well as flowers, vintage goods and arts and crafts. You can visit the Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets from 6am to midday every Saturday.
Located right next to Nundah train station, these markets are open on Sundays from 6am-midday. Aside from fresh fruit and veg, they also offer gourmet meats, fresh seafood (including local prawns – score!), farm fresh eggs and herbs and spices, making it a great place to do your weekly shop. You can also pick up flowers and plants, arts and crafts, handmade gifts, home decorations, health and lifestyle products and alternative therapies. And just to top it off, there’s also live music. Is there a better way to spend a Sunday?
Kelvin Grove Village Markets
The Kelvin Grove Village markets are open on Saturdays from 6am-1pm and are central yet far enough out of the CBD that you can actually get a park. With fresh produce (including hard-to-find items like lemonade fruit), and food stalls ranging from wood-fired sourdough to gyoza, you’re sure to find exactly what you need. You can also find vintage clothing, arts and crafts, independent fashion stalls and more.
Northey Street Organic Markets – Windsor
Open 6am-11am on Sundays, the Northey Street Organic Markets are the only fully organic markets in Brisbane. Located at the Northey Street City Farm in Windsor, these markets have a strong sustainable focus. You can stock up on free range eggs, fresh honey, fair trade coffee and all the organic produce you desire. Make sure to stop by the Chai Café for some breakfast, but if you’re after coffee you’ll need to hit up the mobile van in the marketplace.
Chermside Farmers Markets
The Chermside Farmers Markets opened early last year and kick off on Sunday mornings from 6am. Though they’re currently on a break, they’ll reopen this coming February, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for more info in the weeks to come! These markets feature all the usual market staples plus ceramics, artworks and homewares.
Running on Sundays from 6am to midday, the Milton Markets have a focus on fresh farm-direct goods. They’re dedicated to championing South East Queensland’s best produce and goods, and feature over 140 stalls! With a slew of multi-cultural food offerings, plus fashion, beauty, and arts and craft as well, it’s the perfect place to spend your Sunday.
North Lakes Markets
For an option a little further out, the North Lakes Farmers Market operates on Sundays from 6:30am-11am. These markets are all about supporting local people and are committed to quality over quantity, so you won’t find duplicate stalls here. The market has an emphasis on organic and natural products and offers occasional personalised oracle readings and free yoga sessions. And of course you can find the usual local produce including seafood and meats, and enjoy some live music while you’re exploring.
Eat Street Northshore
Ok, we’ll admit it: this one’s a bit of a wildcard, but we think it’s worth a mention. Eat Street is a well-known dining precinct in Hamilton, situated along the river and made up of 180 shipping containers. Inside you can find an array of food, as well as two entertainment stages and an outdoor cinema. Food is grouped into convenient areas such as Little Asia, where you can find everything from green curry to pho; The Seafood Deck, where you can get your hands on some fish and chips or head over to the Shuck All Oyster Bar; and Kombi Alley where you can find vendors such as The Doughnut Bar and The Chocolate Komberry. You can also visit vendors such as a florist and DIY candle making in-between eating all that food. Eat Street is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm-10pm, and on Sundays from 12pm-8pm. Just remember to bring cash!