The market scene in Brisbane is on the up and up. It seems every second suburb is now home to a weekly or monthly market. We are definitely market lovers, here at TUL, and we love heading to our respective local markets every weekend and it's great seeing new stalls pop up each weekend that we haven't seen before.
We definitely have our favourites, though, and we've decided to shine a light on some of the best ones around the traps.
Here are our picks for Brisbane's best market stalls.
One of our favourites at Eagle Farm Markets, the duo behind crop.design are a creative force to be reckoned with. Their handmade recycled goods are so functional and very easy on the eye. They work with rubber, leather, and burlap to create unique bags, pouches, satchels, wallets, cushions, and stools, and are definitely worth checking out.
Dumpling Envy does the rounds and can sometimes pop up at five different markets in the one day, satisfying the needs of their hoards of loyal dumpling devourers. All of the dumplings are handmade, using only the best ingredients. Give the pork belly or duck dumpling a run—you won't be disappointed.
Well, the name is pretty self-explanatory, and this guy's goat pies are on a whole other level of delicious. How good, you say? Well, so good that the Goat Pie Guy won 1st Runner up in the 'Best Meat Pie' category in the SBS Feast Mag Food Awards, just last week. That good! Check his website, but he'll either be at New Farm, Manly, or Mitchelton markets come the weekend.
If you've tried one sweet from the Cake Kiosk, chances are you've tried two or three. There's no such thing as a one-time Cake Kiosk customer—Jade's treats are that good! Her melting moments even made it in to our top 32 things we love about Brisbane! We suggest giving everything a try at least once (YOLO). You can find the Cake Kiosk Caravan at the Powerhouse markets most weekends.
Not scared of standing out from the crowd, Black Sheep Coffee first started their operation at a farmers' market, and now they're tucked up inside one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants. They import some of the finest exotic, fair-trade coffee beans from all around the world, and hand-roast every bean. Now that is some tender loving care! Catch them at Rocklea & Eagle Farm Markets on the weekends.
Bagel Boys are taking Brissie by storm. Always a favourite at the Queen St., Powerhouse, Eagle Farm, Rocklea, Mitchelton, and Manly markets, the bagels are baked fresh every day and there is always a great selection of both bagels and fillings. Get in quick as the popular ones usually sell out, and you don't need that kind of heartbreak on a Saturday morning.
Every market generally has a couple of candle stores, but we love the Happy Flame candles because they are all handcrafted with 100% beeswax. What's so good about beeswax, you ask? They don't have a lot of toxins that other candles may have, they have a nice natural scent, and they last for ages! If you live with someone who is asthmatic, light one of these guys and breathe a little easier. Catch them at Northey Street City Farm market and Davies Park Market.
The Spring Stall at The Powerhouse markets has some seriously cute and cool stuff. Think glass mason jars, candy-striped straws, enamel mugs, tea towels, terrariums, stamp kits, stationery, and teacup candles. And owner, Catherine, is just about as friendly a stall-holder as you will come across.
A regular at the Northey Street markets for a while now, Emma's Cakes are a boutique manufacturer of tasty, unique foods. They specialise in catering to their customers' specific needs, whether it be organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, low carb, or high protein. Our fave are the organic brownies. Seriously, you haven't lived until you've tried them!
The Banh Mi at the Northey Street Organic Markets are something to behold—you will see the line-up for these Vietnamese treats before you see the actual stall. Don't be put off though! The line moves quickly and the end result is so worth it! Choose from hoisin-glazed free range pork belly, organic tofu, or soy-poached chicken varieties. All of the ingredients in the Banh Mi are actually sourced from local markets in Brisbane—good to see these guys keeping it in the family!
We're so impressed with the Banh Mi at Northey Street Markets, it actually made it into our top 32 we love about Brisbane!