If there was ever a time to shop local, it's now. While there might be empty shelves at Kmart, and even some at the supermarkets, plenty of Brisbane's local creators, producers and makers are still at the markets, ready to fill your home, fridge and pantry with the coolest locally made goods and the freshest produce you can buy.
So grab your green bags and get shopping at all the best markets to hit up in Brisbane in May.
Students Art Market
As a part of BAD (Brisbane Art Design) this year, the Jewellery and Small Objects Collective of Queensland College of Art are putting on a unique market experience that allows you to purchase artists work just metres from where it was made. Students will be onsite to talk to you about their work and the inspiration behind their pieces, and you'll go home with something truly one-of-a-kind.Where: Queensland College of Art, South Brisbane When: 10am–2pm, Saturday 29 May Find out more here.
The Market Folk are heading to Portside for a special pre-Mother's Day edition of their popular markets, with dozens of stalls from local creatives, designers, makers and entrepreneurs. Take mum for a day out of shopping followed by a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, or find her something special amongst the ceramics, plants, fashion, accessories, art, vintage, skincare and more.Where: Portside, Hamilton When: 12pm–4pm, Saturday 8 May Find out more here.
Brisbane City Markets
Ditch the supermarket and stock up on your weekly shop at the Brisbane City Markets. Bringing together the best artisans and producers from across SEQ, this is the place to pick up some of the best produce, to get your mid-week fix and to check out some of the best food stalls in town. Best of all, they're now in TWO locations, Reddacliffe Place on Wednesdays and Cathedral Square on Thursdays. So you've got no excuse to miss out on a drool-worthy lunch.
When: Every Wednesday, 8am–4pm, Reddacliffe Place, and every Thursday 8am-2pm, Cathedral Square
Where: Reddacliffe Place and Cathedral Square, Brisbane City
Davies Park Market
A Brisbane institution, the Davies Park Market is where you'll find a little bit of everything—from a number of local growers and producers selling their delicious wares to a heap of food trucks and local food stalls dishing up tasty eats, not to mention plenty of local craftspeople and creatives. Basically, you'll plan to just do your weekly fruit and veg shopping but come out with a heap of pantry goodies, a full stomach and probably a new outfit and some homewares. And you won't regret a thing.
When: Every Saturday, 6am—2pm
Where: Davies Park, West End
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: 9am–3pm, last Sunday of the month
Where: Rumpus Room, 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
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.
When: Every Sunday, 6am–11am
Where: Northey Street City Farm, Windsor
Kelvin Grove Village Markets
Who doesn’t love a little market trip on a Saturday morning to put off that weekend to do list . Every Saturday morning Kelvin Grove Village hosts a popular market in the heart and soul of the village. Farmers market style with organic fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses and all of the fun arts and crafts your heart desires. The perfect way to start off your weekend right.
When: Every Saturday, 6am–1pm
Where: Kelvin Grove Village
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, 7am–12pm
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!
When: Saturdays from 6am–12pm
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
When: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 6am–12pm
Where: Waterfront, Manly Harbour Village
When: 1st Sunday of the month, 6am–12pm
Where: Blackwood St, Mitchlelon
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
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: Every Sunday, 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 month.
When: Every Saturday, 6am–12pm
Where: QUT campus on Beams Road, Carseldine
The Market Folk
There's nothing quite like local shopping, talking to the maker and getting a feel for the product—which is exactly what you can do at The Market Folk's montly markets at Gasworks in Newstead and Coorparoo. Shop fashion, art, vintage, homewares, plants, pots, ceramics, skincare and more. You'll know you're buying local, because the creator will be right there behind the stall.When: Second Friday of the month at Gasworks, 5pm–9pm, third Sunday of the month at Coorparoo Square, 9am–1pm
Where: Gasworks, Newstead and Coorparoo Square
Valley Laneway Markets
On the first Saturday of every month, the laneways of the Valley are taken over by a bustling creative market, with stalls boasting plants, ceramics, vintage clothes and retro pieces from artists and artisans. While you're browsing, you can check out the permanent stores in residence around Winn Lane, Bakery Lane and California Lane, and stop for a bite to eat and a coffee in on of the many cafes.When: First Saturday of the month, 9am–2pm
Where: Winn Lane, Bakery Lane and California Lane, Fortitude Valley
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: Every Sunday, 6am–12pm
Where: Sherwood Road, Rocklea
The Collective Markets
A Brisbane market institution and open until 9pm on a Friday and Saturday, 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. On the first Sunday of every month, there's even more reasons to visit with the Young Designers Markets showcasing talented up and comers of the Brisbane art scene.
When: Fridays, 5pm–9pm, Saturdays ,10am–9pm, Sundays, 9am–4pm
Where: South Bank Parklands
With so much to do, buy, eat and look, the Riverside Markets are a great way to spend a Sunday, especially now that they're bigger and better than ever. One of Brisbane’s oldest running markets is also one of it’s most vibrant. With live music, loads of international food and coffee, and tons of art, fashion and gifts on sale you’ve got a bevy of fun things to do on your chill Sunday morning.
When: Every Sunday, 8am–3pm
Where: Corner of Alice and Albert Street, Brisbane City
Head to Brisbane Square for its bi-monthly Suitcase Rummage, where you can pick up anything from second-hand clothes and bags, to jewellery, shoes and one-of-a-kind homemade and handmade pieces. Get your hands ready to rummage, because these suitcases can be pretty full, and competition for a sequin jacket can get intense.When: First and third Sunday of the month, 12pm–5pm Where: Brisbane Square, Brisbane City
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, 4pm–9pm
Where: Hamilton Foreshore
Calling all foodies and lovers of international cuisine, treat yourself to a culinary journey around the globe with dishes from Italy to Malaysia, Spain to Japan, Turkey to Tibet, and everywhere in between. A collection of food trucks combined with seating areas and fairy lights, Bite Markets is the casual weekend dinner plan worth getting the gang together for—and it’s even puppy friendly.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 4pm–10pm
Where: North Harbour, Morayfield
Image credit: Brisbane Markets, Ariana Gillrie