Excited to eat local foods on your next trip to Brisbane? You don’t even have to go to a restaurant to do it. Brisbane‘s rich variety of farmers markets makes it a cinch (and fun!) to get your hands on everything from freshly picked produce to the best artisanal pastas, breads, meats and seafood Australia has to offer. Below is your guide to the best local markets to visit on your next trip to Brisbane.
Jan Powers Markets
Celebrity foodie Jan Powers hosts four farmers markets throughout the city. These colourful destinations can impress even the most discriminating eaters.
- The Powerhouse Brisbane Market, located at the Brisbane Powerhouse, is open each Saturday from 6 am to 12 pm. This lively market is not only rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, but also meats, seafood and even prepared items like baked goods, sauces and dips.
- The Queen Street Brisbane Markets, located at the top end of Queen Street Mall, is open every Wednesday from 8 am to 6 pm. It’s a great place to pick up specialities like smoked salmon, fresh pasta and herbal oils. If you are staying the at the Holiday Inn Express Brisbane Central, this market is just a short stroll away.
- The Mitchelton Farmers Market, on Blackwood St, is open on the first Sunday of the month from 6 am to 12 pm. You will find a the very best fruits and vegetables available, as well as flowers, artisanal goods and a variety of organic foods and products.
- The Manly Farm Market, located in the Manly Harbour Village, is open on the first and third Sunday of the month from 6 am to 12 pm. At this lovely location, you can treat yourself to unique products like spices, honey and homemade smoothies.
A tour of the Carseldine Market is a must-do for any foodie. Located on Beams Rd. on the former campus of Queensland University, this quirky market features vintage decor, fun signage and white picket fences, along with the delicious food offerings. Carseldine Market is open each Saturday from 6 am to 12 pm and has been dubbed a foodie hot spot.
A trip through this charming market can garner fresh produce as well as specialities like handmade chocolates and artisanal breads and bakes goods, while the popular food stall section is home to vendors like the Goat Pie Guy and Popcorn Man. Visitors can refresh themselves with freshly squeezed orange juice and ginger beer, as well as a variety of coffees and teas.
Even travellers with the most refined culinary palates will be satisfied with the wares on sale at the Rocklea’s Brisbane Market.
Located on Sherwood Rd., this market is open each Saturday from 6 am to 12 pm. It is well-known for specialities like jackfruit, dragon fruit, pak choy and beetroot as well as delicious fresh figs, but you can also find culinary treasures such as smoked meats and locally made cheeses, fresh seafood like crabs and salmon and homemade mango butter.
The Nundah Farmers Market is sure to be a pleaser for those in love with local cuisine. Open every Sunday (with the exception for several Sundays between Christmas and early January) between 6 am and 12 pm, the market is conveniently located at the Nundah Train Station.
The delectable eatables offered here include gourmet meats and fresh prawns, herbs and spices and farm fresh eggs. Buyers can also indulge in fresh flowers and plants, as well as a variety of artisanal and household goods.
These Brisbane markets are the perfect destination for the foodie traveller. With so many local and specialities to explore, you can spend an entire vacation eating in — and get to know this exciting Australian city in a delicious new way in the process.