Lots to explore at Brisbane's South Bank

Four markets in one day - what a way to spend a Sunday!

We started at the organic markets at Downy Park, Windsor which was not such a good idea. Why? Well we took the dog and the place was full of puddles - he's a corgi with very low legs - it all ended up being very messy.

Also, these markets definitely finish up on their advertised closing time of 10.30am.  Call me slow or just plain lazy but I find it hard to get out and about early on a Sunday morning. We arrived primed for breakfast at 10am just as everyone was shutting up - they had even run out of bread for French toast!

However, this market was just the first on our list. Next, we drove to South Bank Parklands to explore the Young Designers Market and the Granite Belt Flavours Market - both on the same day.

Several designer/clothes/jewellery purchases later, K2 subdued his inner male and agreed to look for the Granite Belt Flavours market which was not in its usual spot.  On the way, we walked through the regular South Bank markets which were chock full of the normal stuff you find at markets - cheap jewellery, cheaper clothes and kitschy knick-knacks.

Please don't tell anyone that I bought a blue plastic spider. It's not something I can explain.

That's where we found dot.espresso. This is a cute little cafe that serves a mean coffee and has a small menu with other add-ons.  The mini muffins were great - just small/large enough to fill the gap without causing an overflow.

The staff here were very friendly and chatty. It was a great place to stop and refresh.

Of course, I have to finish with another rant against the parking at South Bank - this time queueing for five minutes at the auto payment teller because there are only three in the whole complex.  For a car park that size, what are they thinking! And $15 to park on a Sunday -grrrr.

Bottom line:  Enjoy the markets and stop for a refresh at dot.espresso

Disclaimer: Ed+bK paid for her coffee and cake