Classic delicatessens and food halls are like what Harrods and Selfridges are to shopaholics; once you’re in there’s no way you’re not flashing the cash. From giant cheese wheels to hanging meats, fluffy continental breads to the best olives this side of the Mediterranean, how can we foodie-loving residents resist? You need that 1kg tub of handmade Baba Ghanoush!
Looking for the best deli in Brisbane is not a one-size-fits-all task; you might find a place that does the best haloumi, but another that stocks your favourite hams or biscuits, perhaps. Variety is key, and Brisbane has some absolute crackers you need to explore, pronto.
Check out our picks of Brisbane’s best delis, and start making that shopping list!
Home to ALL of the European and Latin American goodness, Pennisi is a treasure trove of rare condiments and unusual sauces, breads, cheeses, and a whole host of goodies that would sit pride of place in any discerning foodie’s pantry.
This Eastern European gem specialises in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian food. Hit up the cheese and meat counter for delicious haloumi, Bulgarian sheep’s cheese and hot AF salami. For those that like coffee with a kick and their pastries light-as-air, fluffy and filled with cheese, pick up a bag of Bosnian coffee beans and a homemade burek while you’re there, Delish.
Tognini’s Café Deli
The stuff of your jamon dreams, Tognini’s Cafe Deli is the place to top up on all your pantry needs (read: delicious snacks that you won’t be sharing). From stuffed Sicilian olives, feta cheese varieties and house made dips, to gourmet olive oils and balsamic glazes, imported chocolates and delicate sweet treats, you will want for nothing!
New Farm Deli
A Brisbane institution for brekky and lunch, the New Farm Deli counter is worth a drop in post-meal. Filled to the brim with dozens of continental cheese and meat varieties, stock up on their impeccable varieties of Parmeggiano Reggiano, prosciutto, salamis and olives.
A West End stalwart, ask any local where to find great fresh bread or the best deli meats, and they’ll point you to Delta. A literal Aladdin’s cave of European and Middle Eastern treats, this split-level market place is jam-packed with delicious goodies. Make sure to stock up on hand-made baba ghanoush, Greek baklava and don’t leave without checking out the self-serve olive oil and coffee beans!
Welcome Fresh Food
Step in to Welcome Fresh Food and prepare yourself for a food education! Specialising in all things Asian, this is a must-do if you’re looking for authentic sauces, seasonings, and ingredients to add to your cupboards. Make sure to pay a visit of a morning, to get your hands on freshly made Chinese bread buns, sticky rice dumplings and a whole host of Asian cakes and breads that need devouring immediately!
Not just for cake lovers, Jocelyn’s Provisions is a beacon for the sweet-toothed. If you’re in need of handmade rocky road, after dinner treats, biscotti, chocolates, even gourmet stocks and sauces stat, drop in and prepare to leave with a basket full of goodies. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Black Pearl Epicure
Black Pearl Epicure’s retail store is a gold mine of luxury imported goods and fine foods. This is your go-to if you’re on the market for caviar (they are the largest importers in Australia, FYI), but stop in to drool over their 300-strong variety of cheeses, their vast selection of meats (anything from quail to wood pigeon to pork, oh my) French butters, olive oils, luxury teas, confectionary, even kitchen utensils. Note to self: don’t shop on an empty stomach
Rosalie Gourmet Market
This much-loved local food hall is the perfect pit stop for picking up rare and tasty pantry fillers. Stocked with an array of cheeses, cured meats, condiments, and an impressive confectionary display (gives us ALL of the Belgian chocolate!), Rosalie Gourmet Market is an oldie but such a goodie!
Salt Meats Cheese
Now we know this is not technically Brisbane, but it’s definitely worth the drive south to Salt Meats Cheese. Sister venue to their infamous flagship store in Sydney, SMC source the very best Italian food exports, and even stock their own brand condiments (their crunchy peanut butter is a best-seller!) and kitchen necessities. Fall in love with their cheese and deli counter, and wander wide-eyed through the aisles of unique and quirky food stuffs.
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