Saturday, 21 April 2012

Brisbane's best markets

Exploring the many fresh food and produce markets Brisbane has to offer has become somewhat of a weekend ritual for most Brisbanites.

If you're heading out to a market my best tips are
  • Take a hat and a trolley bag.
  • Slip a cooler bag in to the trolley and you'll be able to buy fresh seafood if you find it.
  • Take the dog with you but remember not all markets are dog friendly.
  • The best bargains are always at the end of the market trading day when the stall holders are packing up. 


Brisbane Region



Jan Power’s Farmers Market

BRISBANE, Reddacliff Place, Queen Street,
MANLY,Cambridge Parade & Cardigan Parade, Manly Esplanade
Powerhouse, NEW FARM, 49 Zillman Road, Brisbane Powerhouse
MITCHELTON,Blackwood Street       

The Jan Power’s Farmers Markets are held in five locations across Brisbane. A wide range of fresh foods and produce is on offer. This can include seafood, homemade cheeses, fresh vegetables, vinegars and paste, homemade ginger beer, deserts, gelato, freshly-baked breads, and flowers.

On every Wednesday between 10am to 6pm, the Jan Power’s Famers Market is held in Reddacliff Place, offering over 30 speciality stalls. On the third Saturday of each month, the Jan Power’s Farmers Market is held on the Manly Esplanade between 6am and 12pm. On the second and fourth Saturday of the month, the Brisbane Powerhouse hosts the Jan Power’s Famers Market from 6am until 12pm with over 100 stalls featured. The markets are also held in Mitchelton on the first Sunday of every month between the hours of 6am and 12pm. The newly added Stones Corner markets operate from 6am and 12pm every second and forth Sunday of the month.

Riverside Markets at the Pier

Waterfront Place: 1 Eagle Street, BRISBANE
The Riverside Markets are located on the skirts of the Brisbane River. Every Sunday between 7am and 3pm, the Riverside Markets provides a weekly line up of live music and entertainment. The markets include a vast majority of stalls from freshly baked breads and pastries to handmade jewellery, rugs, wood carvings, clothing, and household goods.

Green Flea Community Markets

Davies Park, WEST END
Located in West End, the Green Flea Community Market is open every Saturday from 6:00am to 2:00pm. The array of stalls includes organic produce, flowers, pre-loved clothing, local produce, and fresh cuisine, surrounded by fig trees.

Boggo Road Markets


The infamous jail has been transformed into an exciting market place with exotic foods, knick knacks, produce, meats and entertainment. The markets are open every Sunday from 7am – 1pm.

Northey Street Organic Markets

Northey Street, WINDSOR

This market offers the freshest organic fruit vegetables and meat, straight from the growers. Open every Sunday morning from 6am -10:30am, there is plenty of space for children to play or enjoy free workshops and art activities.

Eagle Farm Markets

Eagle Farm Racetrack, ASCOT

The Eagle Farm Markets are relatively newcomers, providing fresh produce, arts and crafts, homemade good and entertainment to the North side. Open every Sunday from 7:30am-1:30pm, admission fee is $2, with children under 15 free. Being on private grounds, the facilities include ATM, free parking and toilets, however pets are excluded.

The Valley Markets

Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls, FORTITUDE VALLEY

The Valley Markets operate every Saturday from 8am to 4pm, and every Sunday from 8am to 4pm. There are over 70 stalls featuring accessories, artwork, books, ceramics, clothing, crystals, furniture, handcrafted jewellery, local produce, plants, massages, and second hand goods.

Boutique Markets @ Portside Wharf

Portside: 39 Hercules Street, HAMILTON

The Boutique Markets are held on the second Sunday of every month between 9am to 1pm. The market is continuing to grow, developing into a hub for local talent and boutique shopping. The market hosts the work of more than 50 South-East Queensland based stallholders including artists, designers, stylists, crafters and artisans.

Brookwater Markets

Brookwater Golf Club: Tournament Drive, BROOKWATER

Brookwater Markets are held on the first and third Sunday of every month from 7am to 12pm. The markets are perfect for stocking up on your favourite gourmet foods and the freshest fruit and vegetables on the market.
T: 07 3814 5500

The Sunday Discovery Market at Rocklea

250 Sherwood Road, ROCKLEA

The Sunday Discovery Market is held every Sunday from 6am till 12pm. Stalls include plants, antiques and collectables, assorted homemade goods, handmade soap, second hand books, second hand books and clothing, toys, bric-a-brac, and much more. Parking is free along Sherwood Road, and is also available in the car park outside the markets for $3 (includes market entry). Entry costs $1 for adults and children under 15 are free.

South Bank Lifestyle Markets

Little Stanley Street, SOUTH BANK

Every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, the South Bank Lifestyle Market is held in the heart of South Bank. The market features an exciting range of arts, craft, homewares, collectibles, clothing, jewellery, delicious treats, organic produce and much more. The trading hours include: Friday nights 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Young Designers Market

Level 3 South Bank House, Stanley Street Plaza, SOUTH BANK

The Young Designers Market features emerging designers and artists which are held on the first Sunday of every month from 10:00am – 4:00pm. A range of fashion and accessories, jewellery, homewares, object design furniture, and arts are available for purchase.

The BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market

King George Square, Ann Street, Brisbane CBD

The BrisStyle Indie Twilight Markets are held only a few times a year, between 5-9pm – so it’s best to check their website for closest dates. BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market showcases emerging and established artists, crafters, and designers. Goods available include handbags, jewellery, funky footwear, babies and children’s wear, soft toys, artworks, illustrations, and vintage re-creations.

Moggil Markets

550 Brookfield Road, BROOKFIELD

With 70 stalls, boasting an array of the freshest produce; this market really does let you connect to the grower. Set in semi-rural Brookfield, you can try smoked meats, sweet treats, organic sourdoughs, fresh meat and of course the produce. Plenty of plants including Australian Natives and herbs are also up for sale.

Village Markets

Kelvin Grove Urban Village Precinct, Blamey Street, KELVIN GROVE

The Village Markets are held every Saturday from 6am to 1pm. The Village market encompasses fresh fruit and vegetables, organic foods, gourmet stalls, plants, herbs, flowers, pre-loved clothing, bric-a-brac, and buskers. The market features over 90 stalls with a major component of farm-fresh fruit and vegetables from nearby farms. The market also includes performances from local musicians and an array of ethnic foods and artefacts.

Moreton Bay & Islands

Cleveland Markets

Bloomfield Street, CLEVELAND

The Cleveland Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 3pm offering handmade market products, natural organic produce, and arts and crafts.

Redcliffe Jetty Markets

Anzac Place Parklands: Marine Parade, REDCLIFFE

On water’s edge overlooking Moreton Island, the Redcliffe Jetty Markets are held every Sunday between 8am and 3pm. Featuring live entertainment and a great assortment of fresh farm goods and produce, quality arts and crafts, home baked goodies, and handmade items such as jewellery, leather goods, clothing, and children’s toys.

Ipswich & Scenic Rim

Ipswich Central Markets

d'Arcy Doyle Place: Brisbane Street, IPSWICH

The Ipswich Central Market operates on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 6am until 12pm. You will find the best quality fruit and vegies, meats, free-range eggs, seafood and handmade products. There is also a variety of arts and crafts and performances by local talent.

Country & Valleys

Caboolture Markets

Caboolture Showgrounds, Beerburrum Road, CABOOLTURE
The Caboolture Markets are held every Sunday from 6am until 12pm. There are hundreds of stalls including food, plants, fruit and vegetables, art and craft and general bric-a-brac.

North Lakes Artisans and Farmers Market

Lakefield Drive, NORTH LAKES

The North Lakes Artisans and Farmers market is held on every Sunday from 7am to 12pm. Choose from the regions freshest produce and handmade quality goods.

North Pine Country Markets

North Pine Country Park, Dayboro Road, KURWONGBAH

Located on Brisbane’s North West, The North Pine Country Market is Queensland's oldest handmade craft market. The markets are held every Sunday between 8am and 2pm. The markets are located within the North pine Historical Village which gives the markets a country feel. Stalls include a wood fired oven bakery, lolly shop, imported goods, homemade jams and chutneys, ladies fashion, craft stores, shabby chic homewares and antiques. There is also plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, cafés, and live entertainment.
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