Brisbane’s market boom is showing no sign of slowing down, Desta Cullen discovers.
Like peeling back the lid on an ant farm, hitting the markets in any new city is akin to having a microcosmic sneak peek at its true character.
Handmade trinkets, mountains of more-ish food and cool-kid threads all beckon; if you want to find out what Brisbane’s really all about, then get yourself to market.
What began as a wardrobe-clearing sale for two friends, has become a regular boutique market selling pre-loved clothing and local designer fashion with music, food and art stalls.
Rummage with the best of them and then grab some sustenance from one of the food stalls. Check the website for their next market day.
Where/when: Sunday 9am – 2pm, about once a month. Morningside School of Arts, corner Wynnum Road & Ison Street, Brisbane. See metremarket.com.au
Eat Street Markets
From disused container wharf to trendy street-food mecca, Eat Street Markets’ crowd-pulling power has not waned since it ensconced itself firmly into Brisbane’s psyche.
This is the place to get maxed-out, fully loaded food worth Instagramming. There’s a pop-up drive-in and outdoor cinema in the mix, too.
Where/when: Every Friday & Saturday, 4pm – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm. Hamilton Wharf, Macarthur Ave, Hamilton. See eatstreetmarkets.com
The Finders Keepers Markets
National art and design market Finders Keepers heads north twice a year, bringing hundreds of local and nationally sourced creatives and artists to the red-brick hallways of Old Museum.
You’ll also get plenty of refreshment via stalls, food trucks and coffee stalls.
Where/when: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 4pm, 2nd and 3rd July 2016 and 5th and 6th November 2016. Old Museum, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills. See thefinderskeepers.com
Northey Street Organic Market
Stepping into Northey Street Markets is a little like finding the fabled Secret Garden.
Championing an organic lifestyle (thanks to the thriving permaculture farm on-site), it’s Brisbane’s only organic market, and the lush fig tree-shaded park makes for pleasant grocery shopping, rain or shine.
Where/when: Every Sunday, 6am – 11am. Northey Street City Farm, corner Northey & Victoria Streets, Windsor. See nscf.org.au/market
Brisbane Twilight Market
In 2008, a co-op of Etsy sellers got together for cake and a chat, and ended up creating BrisStyle Inc.
Together, they put on one of Brisbane’s most creative markets, showcasing the city’s most talented independent rag-traders and jewellery-makers.
Where/when: Friday, 4pm – 10pm, quarterly. King George Square, Brisbane. See brisstyle.com.au/brisbane-twilight-market/
Vieille Branche Market Day
Interiors-obsessed Francophiles, Vieille Branche, fling open the doors to their furniture warehouse-workshop-café every season for a creative market day packed with antiques, homewares, fashion and accessories, all with the same seemingly effortless Provencal-meets-Parisian chic vibe.
Saturday, 8am – 2pm, quarterly. 10 Fox Street, Albion. See vieillebranche.com.au
Jan Powers Brisbane City Farmers Markets
Reminiscent of markets you’d find tucked down the side streets of French foodie paradise, Lyon, this CBD pop-up market is curated by Jan Powers, the godmother of the Brisbane markets scene.
It is a gastronomic oasis in a concrete desert, featuring stalls overflowing with fresh seasonal produce, and assorted readymade eats for breakfast or lunch.
Where/when: Every Wednesday, 8am – 6pm. Raddcliffe Place, in front of the Treasury Casino, Brisbane. See janpowersfarmersmarkets.com.au