Food & Drink

Brisbane’s Best Alternative Grocers | Round 2

By Phil Swan
24th Aug 2013

A couple months back we rounded up some of Brisbane's Best Alternative Grocers. Little did we know, we had only peeled the first layer off the onion, 'cause there are so many great options out there for people looking to avoid the big guys when it comes to buying their groceries.

Now more than ever it seems the peeps of Brisbane are sticking various digits up to the fluro-lit, processed food, grocery conglomerates and keeping it local by supporting the little guys.

Here are some great alternative grocery stores in Brisbane that we missed the first time.

Fundies Wholefood Market | Paddington & Corinda

Fundies Wholefood Market at Paddington was one of the original organic produce stores in Brisbane. Since 1998, the team at Fundies have been tweaking and expanding their product mix to suit the locals' needs. You'll find a vast range of vitamins, supplements, and natural skincare products, plus fresh fruit and veg which is delivered daily. If you prefer eating out instead of taking away, the Paddington store even has a café attached if you wanted to stop in for a quick bite.

Simon's Gourmet Gallery | Chapel Hill & Ascot

How did we miss Simon's Gourmet Gallery the first time? These guys have floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall goodies, and it's some of the best gourmet produce in Brisbane. They have all bases covered with fresh bread, baked daily, rices, dressings, jams, ice cream, fruit & veg, and an extensive range of gluten-free products.

They've also got a butcher with an award winning home-made sausage, premium steaks, and an extensive range of stir-fry packages, put together with their own bare hands. Simon says, visit him at their Chapel Hill or Ascot stores.

Flannerys Natural & Organic Supermarket

Let's not beat around the bush, Flannerys aren't one of those cute little family owned, corner-store grocers. Flannerys have a range of stores across Brisbane and they're serious pros when it comes to gourmet, organic products. Fruit and veg, nuts and grains, meat and poultry, dairy and non-dairy goods, and a generous selection of gourmet condiments. Flannerys also take service a step further by having on-site naturopaths who can provide insight into the various vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and preservative-free foods they stock.

Charlie's Fruit Market

Charlie's at Everton Park are no run-of-the-mill grocer. The family owned-and-run business recently launched an online store with home delivery, as well as sending weekly e-newsletters. Welcome to the 21st century! With A-class service like this it's no wonder Charlie's has loads of loyal locals. Charlie's has all of the classics, and are always rotating their seasonal offerings such as artichokes, pomegranates, and mangoes.

Clayfield Market Meats

You might remember we featured the Clayfield Market in round one. What we forgot to mention was the kick-a$$ butcher just next door. Shane and the team at Clayfield Market Meats know their beef cheek from their rump—thank God! They are also more than happy to give you some cooking and seasoning tips if you're unsure. High-quality cuts and fair prices. You can't go past their marinated rib fillets!

Food Connect

Ever find yourself looking at the food on your plate and wondering where on earth it came from? How long has that carrot actually been out of the ground for?

Well, wonder no more! Food Connect are an online store/resource who will give you the low-down on where exactly their produce comes from. All of the produce Food Connect source is direct from QLD farmers. There is a wide range of produce (which changes seasonally) for you to choose from.

Sugo Mi Groceria

You're probably familiar with the Sugo Mi Pizzeria in Bulimba. But were you aware that just a hop, skip, and a jump down the alleyway they also have an Italian Groceria? We're talking premium cold meats, prosciutto, and salami. Italian breads, antipasti, and enough cheese to keep our Editor, and fromage fiend, Kim, satisfied for weeks days. They also stock their own dough and pizza bases (snap frozen) for you to take home and DIY. 

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