Food & Drink

Brisbane’s Best Alternative Grocers

By Kate McCart
1st Jul 2013

You're sick of the big supermarkets' four-week old frozen fruit and veg, not to mention the weekly wild goose chase you send yourself on; from the supermarket, to the deli, to the bakery, forgot the bloody jam for little Jeanie's toast, and so back to the supermarket... You want a fresh, one-stop-shop, and you want it now. 

Well, here you go. Here are Brisbane's best alternative grocers. They've got you covered. 

Hawthorne Garage

A favourite among East-siders and Hawthorne Garage is East Brisbane's go-to for fresh daily fruit and veg, gourmet goods, artisan baked breads, cured meats, delicious cheeses, and beautiful flowers. Caffeine addicts, Hawthorne Garage has an espresso bar too—it's become quite the hotspot for those in need of their morning DNA brew. 

Sourced Grocer

If we don't already rave about Jerome and the crew at Sourced Grocer enough, well, we're doing it again now. Home to the very best local produce and gourmet provisions; you'll find everything you need At Sourced Grocer, and then some. Just down the road from our office, we're really spoilt for choice. With a kitchen serving up delicious, fresh brekky and lunch options (as well as CUP coffee), the TUL team is there two out of three meals a day. And the ingredients for the third, dinner, is bought there, too. And yep, we've got a tab. 


If you hail from the south of Brisbane, you know Rock'n'Roll. Wedged between a legendary bakery and butcher on Logan Road, this is where it's at. This old-school grocer is ticking all the boxes; fresh produce, dairy goods, gourmet provisions, deli, and coffee machine. Housed in what looks like an old tin shed, you'd be silly to judge this book by its cover. 

Clayfield Markets

Clayfield Markets is a bit of an institution among northsiders. They've been around for donkey's years. Think fruit, veg, herbs, dairy, nuts, breads, flowers, gourmet provisions, and gluten-friendly goods. With a recent deli addition, they've got every kind of cured meat, cheese, and olive under the sun, too. And if you're slightly overwhelmed by the surplus of salami, the smiley redheaded deli gal, Claire, knows her stuff. 

Sun & Earth Organics

A bit of a hippy-loving haven, Sun & Earth stocks everything organic. Fresh produce, dairy products, tofu and tempeh, grains, seeds, nuts, flours, herbal medicines . . . and the list goes on. With a tiny little café attached, Sun & Earth blend some delicious juices and smoothies, as well quinoa sushi, fresh salads, and gluten-free quiches and pies. Delish.

Wray Organic

Wray Organic is another fully-organic grocer in Brisbane. With four stores across the city; Newmarket, Indooroopilly, Cannon Hill and Mount Gravatt, they also boast in-house cafes (using fresh, organic produce in all their dishes, of course). Think juices, smoothies, salads, toasties, fritattas or cakes, as well as a number of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options too. With the shelves stocked with fruit, veg, milk, cheese and yoghurt, they also sell skin-care products, cleaning products and wine and beer. 

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