Brisbane, it's been an unusually short but sweet winter (seriously, did it even happen at all?), but one thing that remains an ever constant is the abundance of great food and energising buzz at Brisbane's best markets.
Whether you’re after super fresh QLD fruit or veggies, decadent pastries, or just a damn good coffee and a good time, these baller Brisbane markets have you covered.
Here are all the best Brisbane markets to check out this August!
Mount Gravatt Marketta
We are HUGE fans of this gorgeous Marketta, and you should be too—the Mount Gravatt Marketta is a night market of foodie delights. No matter whether you’re north, east, west or bayside you should make the journey to the south for some epic street food, live music and beverages of the alcoholic variety.
When: Saturdays from 4pm–10pm
Where: Mount Gravatt Showground
Food Truck Hub Night Market
New Brisbane food truck market, The Food Truck Hub is hitting up the corner of Chester & Ann St every Friday night—talk about spolit! Featuring some of Brisbane’s all-time favourite food trucks, tuck in the who’s who of the Brisbane food truck game courtesy of Pizzantica, Ruby The Little Red Ice Cream Van, The Bone Lorry, King Of The Wings, That BBQ Joint and special weekly guests just in time for the weekend!
When: Fridays 6:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Cnr Chester St & Ann St, Fortitude Valley
The Collective Markets Southbank
Nigh on a Brisbane institution (so much so we've mentioned it twice!), The Collective Markets on Southbank are a unique and colourful place. For one, they're open until 10pm on a Friday (which, you know is great), and they champion a whole host of local artists showcasing their wares; from handmade crafts, paintings, fashion and homewares to some of the tastiest street food in town. Perfect for an evening saunter on the southside.
When: Fridays 5:00pm–10:00pm, Saturdays 11:00am–5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am–5pm
Where: Southbank Parklands
Eat Street Northshore
If you want to feast on delicious foodstuffs and dishes from around the world, then eat until your little fat belly is full at Brisbane market, Eat Street Northshore. Earlier this year, they moved location and, are now bigger and better than ever with over 180 dining and entertainment shipping containers. I mean, even if you hit them up for their now infamous loaded doughnut fries, we won't judge you. We'd salute you, you utter legend!
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 4pm–10pm, Sundays, 11am–7pm
Where: Hamilton foreshore
Museum Twilight Markets Ipswich
If getting out of Brisbane is what you need, look no further than the Museum Twilight Markets out in old Ipswich town. If handmade market stalls, delicious food vendors, craft workshops, children's entertainment, live music, and torchlight tours of The Workshops Rail Museum are your thing (let's be real: they defs are) then make sure you head along on August 25! The fun starts at 5pm and doesn't end til 9pm!
When: Friday August 25, 5-9pm
Where: The Workshops Rail Museum
Eagle Farm Markets
Come Sunday, stock up for the week on your fresh produce at the Eagle Farm Markets from their wide selection of stallholders. You can also refuel with some tucker and a coffee, and if you have kids, see what entertainment is happening for them—it’s different every week! That’s a morning well spent.
When: Sundays from 7am–12.30pm
Where: Eagle Farm
It may be small in size, but this cute community market is big in spirit; a favourite hang-out for Bardon/Rosalie locals. The Bardon Community Markets is usually stocked with fruit, veggies, eggs, meat, baked treats and some bric-a-brac, but from my point of view, the sausage roll man is their piece de resistance.
When: Sundays from 6am
Where: Norman Buchanan Park, Bardon
Jan Powers’ Powerhouse Markets
The Powerhouse Markets are perhaps the jewel in the Brisbane market crown. In a perfect location—right near the river and beside New Farm Park—these markets are particularly tempting when the sun is shining. Munch on some brunch from one of the many food stalls as you collect your fresh produce, all at reasonable market prices.
When: Saturdays from 6am–12noon
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
The Brisbane MarketPlace Rocklea Markets are serious markets for serious market goers. They’ve been going strong for years and showing no signs of slowing down—not even the 2011 floods could stop them. It’s a one stop shop, with everything from fruit and veg to meat and fish, treats, flowers, pet supplies, nuts, honey, eggs, dairy and So. Much. More. Buy in bulk, or don’t bother coming.
When: Saturdays 6am–12noon
Where: Sherwood Road, Rocklea
Davies Park Market
Bustling and full of life, the Davies Park West End Market is one of the most iconic and visited Brisbane market. Beautifully shaded under large fig trees, you’ll find your usual market food and fare, great coffee, and musicians complete with that chilled-out West End vibe.
When: Saturdays from 6am–2pm
Where: Montague Road & Jane Street, West End
Pets At The Gabba
Where can you buy your pup a “Paw Blonde” doggy beer, or learn about where you can treat your puss to a fancy salon visit? Why, Pets at the Gabba Market,of course; a market completely dedicated to pets and their dedicated owners. Each week there is a great mix of stalls offering all things canine, feline avian and their hooman companions.
When: Saturdays from 3pm–8pm
Where: The Gabba
The markets formerly known as the Red Hill Farmers markets relaunched last year in a new location and have been a hit since. 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.
When: Sundays, 6am—12pm
Where: Cribb Street, Milton
The Collective Markets
The Collective Markets is basically where the creative people of Brisbane – you know, the ones who sew, paint, pot, bead etc—sell their handmade goodies. Like a real-life Etsy, fuel-up for the hours of stall-perusing ahead with a snack from the various food vendors, or go crazy and get a tattoo…henna that is.
When: Fridays 5pm–9pm, Saturdays 10am–9pm and Sundays 9am–4pm
Where: Stanley Street Plaza
Jan Powers Farmer’s Brisbane City Markets
Put some pep in your step and get over hump day with a visit to the Jan Powers’ Brisbane City market. The finest fresh produce can all be found in Brisbane’s centre every week. These markers also offer a great excuse to ‘forget’ your lunch, offering a smorgasbord of foods from near and far including sausages, paella, salads, bagels and juices.
When: Wednesdays from 8am–6pm
Where: Reddacliffe Place, CBD
Carseldine Farmers And Artisan Markets
Not only do the Carseldine Farmers and Artisans Markets pride themselves on premium, in-season and all-local fresh produce, they are the perfect spot for your ears to feast on local live music. There are spots to relax, room for the kids to run around and quality coffee to drink. A must-do one Saturday this June.
When: Saturdays from 6am–12pm
Where: QUT campus on Beams Road, Carseldine
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