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All The Brisbane Markets You Need To Hit Up This December

By Urban List Writers - 01 Dec 2018

Welcome to December, Brisbane. Skyrocketing AC bills, steering wheel burn and (dare we utter the words) overindulgence, are the hallmarks of December in Brisbane. This is your chance to peruse Brisbane's best markets for some of the city's best fare, plus pick up some prezzies all while using them as an excuse to evade your invading rellies over the holidays.

Here are all the best Brisbane markets you need to hit up this December

Lifestyle Markets

Sunday Discovery Markets

Every weekend more than 380 stalls pop up at the Sunday Discovery Markets—it's quite a sight. A Brisbane market icon, these fabulous markets specialise in all things vintage, collectable and homewares. Check out plant stalls, antiques, second-hand furniture, vintage clothing, records, gadgets and more. This really is a place to while away a morning.

When: Sundays 6am–12pm
Where: Sherwood Road, Rocklea

Pets At The Gabba

Pet's at the Gabba has gone from newbie Brisbane market to fave weekend haunt for locals and four-legged locals alike. Each week there is a great mix of stalls offering all things canine, feline, avian and things for their human best friend (hot tip: get your furever friend a bowl of“Paw Blonde” doggy beer—they'll love you forever).

When: Saturdays from 3pm-8pm
Where: The Gabba

The Collective Markets Southbank

A Brisbane market institution and open until 10pm on a Friday, the Collective Markets are the perfect occasion for a Friday night knock-off. Peruse a plethora of local artists showcasing handmade crafts, paintings, fashion, homewares and some of the best street food in town. Southside date, anyone?

When: Fridays 5:00pm­-10:00pm, Saturdays 11:00am-5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am-5pm
Where: Southbank Parklands

The Village Markets

Keen for a little weekend drive down the Coast (always!) The Village Markets in Burleigh Heads—aka one of the most beautiful spots in SEQ—is the perfect day trip or post-long weekend pit-stop. Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food at Gold Coast’s bi-monthly Sunday ritual. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products, babies wear so adorable your ovaries will burst, and oh so much more. Fill up the tank and make a morning of it before cooling off at Burleigh Beach.

When: November 4 & 18; 8:30am-1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads

Twilight Markets

Eat Street Northshore

The first of its kind in the country (yeah, let that sink in) Eat Street Northshore is notorious for their incredible and, really extraordinary dishes. If you're into the latest food trends, this is the place to be. With over 180 dining and entertainment shipping containers, permanent bars and restaurants and entertainment areas (moonlight cinemas, anyone?) they're bound to please. Loaded doughnut fries, rainbow soft serve, you name it, Eat Street Northshore has got it. 

When: Fridays and Saturdays, 4pm-10pm, Sundays, 12pm-8pm
Where: Hamilton Foreshore

The Sunset Social

Offering some of the best food and bevs in town, The Sunset Social markets at Davies Park in West End certainly caters to everyones pallet—and is a great spot for knock-offs at the end of a long work week. Being pet friendly AND fully licensed, this Brisbane market has it all! Catch you for a cocktail jug or a beer (or two), paired with some of Brissie's fave delicacies. Swoon!

When: First and second Friday of the month, 5pm-9:30 pm
Where: Davies Park, West End

Mount Gravatt Marketta

As advocates of this utterly GORGEOUS marketta, we can vouch that you will leave with 100% happy bellies! A night jam-packed with foodie delights, Mount Gravatt Marketta boasts some of Brisbane's best street food, live music, crafties and cocktails.

When: Saturdays from 4pm-10pm
Where: Mount Gravatt Showground

Food Truck Collective Brisbane

Well and truly back for 2018, the Food Truck Collective Brisbane are gearing up for their second 'Food Truck Festival' of the year! Every third Friday night of the month, get along to Shorncliffe's happening parade and feast upon some of Brisbane's best food trucks. From That Greek Truck Ruby The Little Red Ice Cream Van, Spud The Food Truck and more, it's a foodie gathering not to pass up!

When: Every 3rd Friday of the month 4:30pm-8:30pm
Where: 95 Allpass Parade, Shorncliffe

Produce Markets

Brisbane Vegan Markets

The Brisbane Vegan Markets are the ideal spot to join the vego fun. From all things facon (that's fake coconut bacon), vego-patties, soy milk and cruelty free, you'd be crazy not to check out Brisbane's only totally vegan market!

When: Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm (2nd), 12pm-8pm (4th)
Where: 56 Russell St, West End

Nundah Farmers Market

You northsiders really are spoilt with the arrival of Nundah's now iconic Farmers Market. Open every Sunday from 6am—you early risers are a shoe in—it's the ideal spot to grab a bite to eat and a coffee form one of the stalls serving up freshly made brekky burgers, croissants and crepes. While you're there, it would be a crime if you didn't pick up your fill of Brisbane's best fresh fruit and veg.

When: Every Sunday, 6am-12pm
Where: Station St (oppopsite Nundah Train Station), Nundah

Satori Organic Farmers Markets

Looking for fresh produce in Brisbane sans all the pesticide nasties? Sandgate's very own Satori Organic Farmer's Market is where you'll find the best of the best. With decadent sourdoughs, spelts, pastries and flowers all a mainstay of these iconi Brisbane markets, this is the best spot for all your organic needs. On every Wednesday and Sunday, The Satori Organic is one not to miss!

When: Every Wednesday and Sunday, 7am-11am
Where: 198 Seymour Street, Sandgate

Northey Street City Farm Organic Market

Didn't know Brisbane had a city farm? Well we do, and it's great. Also great is the Sunday markets they put on every weekend selling hyper local (aka farm fresh from next door) produce. Northey Street City Farm Organic Market is all quaint country feels—with all the food and fresh fruit and veg you'd expect—just in the heart of the city fringe. God, we're a lucky bunch.

Bardon Markets

They may be small in size, but Bardon Markets pack a punch. This quaint community market is all for its locals, and then some! Usually stocked with fresh fruit, veg, eggs, meat and baked treats, you seriously won't look back - but we urge you to hunt down the sausage rolls. 10/10. 

When: Sundays from 6am
Where: Norman Buchanan Park, Bardon

Jan Powers Farmers Markets

The Jan Powers Farmers Markets are perhaps the jewel in the Brisbane market crown. In four fab locations across Brisbane and her surrounds, these gorgeous Brisbane markets are particularly tempting when the sun is shining. From the absolute best local produce, to the huge array of stallholders serving up some choice dishes, they are consistently voted the ultimate Brisbane market experience—and for good reason!

Brisbane Powerhouse
When: Saturdays from 6am–12pm
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane CBD
When: Every Wednesday, 8am-6pm
Where: Reddacliffe Pl (top of Queen St Mall)

Manly
When: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 6am–12pm
Where: Waterfront, Manly Harbour Village

Mitchleton
When: 1st Sunday of the month, 6am–12pm
Where: Blackwood St, Mitchleton

Saturday Fresh Markets

These are some serious markets for serious market goers—and we're not kidding. The Saturday Fresh Markets have been going strong for years and showing no signs of stopping—heck, not even the 2011 floods could stop them! With everything from fruit and veg to meat and fish, treats, flowers, pet supplies, nuts, honey, eggs, dairy, bulk shopping is a must!  

When: Saturdays 6am–12pm
Where: Sherwood Road, Rocklea

Milton Markets

The Milton Markets are adult, kid and pooch-friendly and are all about supporting our local South-East Queensland farmers, growers, artists, chefs and alike. Head on down for a great selection of the best local produce around! Be quick though (stock doesn't last long!).

When: Sundays, 6am–12pm
Where: Cribb Street, Milton

Carseldine Farmers And Artisan Markets

In-season and all-local fresh produce, the Carseldine Markets are the perfect spot to feast and enjoy local live music. Relax, unwind—there's plenty of room for the kids to run around—and enjoy a quality coffee. A Brisbane market must-do this February.

When: Saturdays from 6am–12pm
Where: QUT campus on Beams Road, Carseldine

Christmas Markets

Christmas Wonderlane

Brisbane's first ever Christmas laneway kicks off with a weekend-long celebration of all things festive. Taking over Westfield Garden City, the three-day market laneway will be the perfect spot to do your present shopping and tuck into Brisbane's best street food. With live entertainment, pop-up stalls from some of QLD's favourite artisan producers and all the festive cheer that can be mustered in 30+ degree heat, this is a must for anyone wanting to get into the yuletide feelings.

When: Friday 7 Dec, 1pm-8pm; Saturday 8 Dec, 1pm-8pm; Sunday 9 Dec, 10am-6pm
Where: Westfield Garden City Town Square (between Orange and Yellow Car Parks)

Christmas Festival At Brisbane Powerhouse

Kicking off at the end of November is Brisbane Powerhouse’s Christmas Festival. Browse through the market stalls to collect Christmas goodies and foodie delights. Once you are set with your wares, settle down and have a relaxing evening at the community twilight picnic where you can gather with people all over Brisbane to celebrate Christmas.

When: 5pm-9pm, Fridays to Sundays, until 16 December
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
For more information, click here.

Brisbane Twilight Christmas Markets

We couldn’t end this list without mentioning Brisbane’s most well-known and central market, the Twilight Markets in King George Square. Bask in the light from the biggest Christmas tree in Brisbane, take a picture with Santa on his Christmas throne, and get all of your holiday season shopping done in one place.

When: 6pm-9pm, Friday 7 December
Where: King George Square, CBD
For more information, click here.

Christmas On Cribb

ICYMI, Christmas on Cribb may be Brisbane’s most iconic Christmas market to date. The Milton Markets will be completely taking over Cribb Street on the first Friday of December with sleigh bells a-ringing. On top of the usual suspects such as live entertainment, Christmassy food, and Artisan gifts they will also be boasting specialty pop-ups serving up all manner of holiday spirits – see what we did there?

When: 4pm-10pm, Friday 7 December
Where: Milton Markets, Milton
For more information, click here.

Christmas Thyme At Nundah

Get it? As in, like, time, but also the herb? Nundah will be delivering more than just fresh produce puns at their twilight Christmas markets on the 8thof December. They are ignoring the heat and transforming into a winter wonderland for the day, complete with pop-up bars, live entertainment, gourmet festive eats, unique gift ideas, fun for the kids, and general merriment topped with an overwhelming amount of holly.

When: 4pm-9pm, Saturday 8 December
Where: Nundah Farmers Markets, Nundah
For more information, click here.

A Handmade Christmas Market

If you want all the presents you give this year to be one of a kind, your best bet is to hit up the handmade market this Christmas. Everything will be on theme for the holidays, with handmades from over 100 local creators ready to be bought. There will also be live tunes, a food precinct, and an artist demonstration to inspire you to craft your own Christmas this year.

When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 8 December
Where: State Library of Queensland
For more information, click here.

Carseldine Twilight Christmas Markets

Step into a Christmas fantasy at Carseldine Markets this December 14th. They will be setting up a Christmas wonderland among the festive stalls, eateries, live entertainment, and goodies abound.

When: 6pm-10pm, Friday 14 December
Where: Carseldine Markets, Carseldine
For more information, click here.

Christmas Gift Market

No list of Brisbane Christmas markets is complete without a shout-out to the ongoing hub of holiday cheer, Southbank’s Christmas Gift Market. Running from mid-December right through to Christmas Eve, this is the perfect place to get any last-minute shopping done for the big day. Santa will, of course, be making an appearance and the stalls will be bursting with homewares, jewellery, stationery, treats, and other festive goodies that make for perfect gifts – and yes, buying a gift for yourself is totally acceptable.

When: 3pm-10pm, 14-23 December
Where: South Bank Parklands
For more information, click here.

Christmas Lane At Saturday Fresh Market

For two Saturdays in December, Brisbane’s iconic Saturday Fresh Market will be tacking on something extra special to the usual market hustle and bustle. There will be an entire aisle added to the event that is basically a Christmas explosion. Stroll down Christmas Lane to pick up some gorgeous gifts for your friends and family that are made with love.

When: 6am-12 pm, Saturdays 15 & 22 December
Where: Brisbane Markets, Rocklea
For more information, click here.

Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List; Unsplash

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