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The 6 Best Brisbane Markets

It may not boast the impressive coastline of rival major cities Sydney and Melbourne but when it comes to leisure, Queensland’s capital certainly holds its own.

Brisbane bites back with a culture rich collection of weekend markets – the ultimate lineup of the artsy, the craftsy and the down-right delicious. Delve into the edible artistry of the city’s market stallholders, each offering up a wholesome community feel and a spread of indulgent treats almost too pretty to eat… almost.

#1 Powerhouse Farmers Markets

A local favourite with accolades from the likes of Tourism Queensland, Master Chef, SBS and Channel 10. This Brisbane market is one of four under the Jan Powers umbrella, each offering produce from both farming and city communities. Open for action from 6am through 12pm noon, the bustling Powerhouse Farmers Market is one favoured by early birds.

Eat your way through the generous selection of international delicacies and stock up on affordably priced fresh produce. Watch mouth-watering culinary creations come to life right before your eyes. Enjoy! 

When: Saturdays, 6am-12pm

Where: The Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005

Entry: Free

#2 The Collective Markets

As its name suggests, The Collective Markets play host to an array of knick knacks and vintage clothing. After you’re done shopping up a storm, you can satisfy your inner foodie with something scrumptious.

The best part? You can mix up your Friday evening routine with an after-work visit to The Collective Markets or make the most of the long opening hours across the weekend. 

When: Fridays 5pm-9pm; Saturdays 10am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm

Where: Stanley Street Plaza, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Entry: Free

#3 Riverside Markets

Riverside Markets are a waterside delight that’s been spoiling locals and tourists since 1987, (operating from Eagle Street pier until 2015 before securing its new home in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens). Fashion, music, gifts, coffee… you name it, you’ll find it here aplenty.

Ease into a lazy Sunday with a visit to this inner city oasis. Unwind to the sounds from local musical talent while sipping on a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the heart of the city. Yes please! 

When: Sundays 8am-3pm

Where: Brisbane City Botanic Gardens (Alice Street and Albert Streets)

Entry: Free

#4 Mount Gravatt Marketta & Farmers Market

The Mt Gravatt Marketta and Farmers Market is an all-round people pleaser with a dual identity on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings.

On Saturday nights the street food market dishes up food, cocktails and wine. So why not share a helping of something hot and a glassful of something refreshing among friends. Expect a showcase of tasty fare accompanied by live music. The wholesome Sunday markets unveil a treasure trove of pre-loved goods and flea market stalls alongside the freshest fruit and veg.

When: Saturday, 4-9pm (Marketta); Sunday, 6am-12pm (Farmers Market)

Where: Mount Gravatt Showgrounds, Logan Road, Mount Gravatt QLD 4122

Entry: $2 (free for under 16s)

#5 Eat Street Markets

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Image: Eat Street Northshore / Facebook

This market received a complete makeover and returned to the scene in all its fairylights-lit glory in 2017. Famed for its host of live performers and generous selection of international cuisines, Eat Street Markets are a weekend hotspot. No matter what your craving, Eat Street’s got you covered. The entire venue is also licensed, so go ahead and toast to the weekend at one of the onsite bars.

When: Fridays and Saturdays 4-10pm; Sundays 12-8pm

Where: 221D Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton QLD 4007

Entry: Free for under 12, $3 adults

#6 Kelvin Grove Village Markets

Kelvin Grove Village Markets are the perfect fusion of the local and international. For over a decade, the markets have invited regulars and tourists to unite in the heart of the village over a hearty meal and great coffee. The family friendly affair invites you to BYO doggo and let the combination of Queensland sunshine and live music work its magic.

Fun fact: The market has cracked down on greenhouse gas emissions and proudly back the local council’s Carbon Neutral policy. Supporting small businesses and going greener – it’s a double yes from us!

When: Saturdays, 6am-1pm

Where: Blamey Street, QUT Urban Village, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059

Entry: Free

(Lead image: Eat Street Northshore / Facebook)