The best food, fashion & handmade markets in Brisbane

Sunny weekends in Brisbane set the scene for a buzzing local market culture. Dotted all over the city, colourful market stalls are where you’ll find lots of tasty food, usually a few crafts and cool buys, maybe some live music and always a great atmosphere. You don’t even need any money to go! Just rock up and soak up the vibes – and if you can scrape together $10 or so, top it off with a bite, a drink or a local buy. Day or night, weekday or weekend, there’s a market in Brisbane worth checking out.

Young Designers Market, Southbank

Love all things pretty and stylish? Or want to pick up a hand-made, one-of-a-kind statement piece from an emerging local designer? The Young Designers Market is the place to go. Meet the makers in person and check out a beautiful array of designer threads, jewellery, crafts and arts that’ll be sure to make your friends take notice.

When? The first Sunday of the month from 10am – 4pm.
Where? Little Stanley Street, Southbank.
Getting there: Ride the free Student One bikes in 15 minutes, walk in 30 minutes or catch the bus.

Eat Street Northshore, Hamilton Northshore

If you don’t have a few dollars to spare, sorry but don’t bother coming to the mega food market that is Eat Street Northshore. It costs $3 just to get in. But once inside, the level of choice on offer will make your mouth water. With over 180 different restaurants, bars, stalls and entertainment areas set inside a bunch of shipping containers, the atmosphere is always buzzing and the options endless. From gluten-free doughnuts to Malaysian curries, South American treats, chocolate-dipped strawberries and curly potato fries, if you can imagine then Eat Street Northshore has it. While you may go over budget, it is a must-do market experience to do at least once.

When? Every weekend of the year, Fri and Sat 4pm to 10pm, Sunday 12 Noon to 8pm.
Where? Hamilton Foreshore.
Getting there: Ride the CityCat to Northshore Hamilton Ferry Terminal.

Davies Park Markets, West End

The Davies Park Markets are a long-time favourite and a must-do local Brisbane experience. Set out beneath massive fig trees by the Brisbane River, it comes infused with a bohemian, local vibe and there’s plenty of live music. Come, pull up a seat under the tree and chill out between checking out the endless maze of stalls, from second-hand clothing racks to food vans, fresh fruit more random, quirky and colourful finds than you can possibly imagine.

When? Every Saturday 6am to 2pm.
Where? Davies Park, West End.
Getting there: Ride the free Student One bikes in 20 minutes, or catch the bus to West End.

Brisbane Vegan Markets, West End

Whether vegan, vego or just plain hungry, you’ll find a tasty treat or 10 at the Brisbane Vegan Markets. Think stone oven pizzas, acai bowls topped with fresh fruit, smoothies, delicious morsels of Tibetan goodness and Frog Heavenly donuts. Wash it down with a soy chai and rest easy knowing it’s all 100% animal cruelty free.

When? On the 2nd Sundays of the month from 9am-3pm and the 4th Sunday of the month from 12-8pm.
Where? 56 Russell St, West End.
Getting there: Ride the free Student One bikes in 15 minutes, walk in 30 minutes or catch the bus.

Jan Powers Farmers Markets, CBD & New Farm

They’re a local institution. The Jan Powers Farmers Markets are packed with wonderful gourmet foodie items and great fresh produce, and make for a lovely spot to wander and soak up the vibes, pick up an easy bite and squeeze in as many free taste testings as you can. Maybe even pick up some ingredients for dinner! There are four Jan Powers markets across Brisbane, but the CBD and New Farm market are the best ones (and both super easy to get to).

Jan Powers City Farmers Market

When? Every Wednesday 8am to 6pm.
Where? Brisbane Square (at the top of Queen Street Mall).
Getting there: Walk in 15 minutes!

Jan Powers Powerhouse Farmers Market

When? Every Saturday 6am to 12pm.
Where? The Powerhouse, New Farm.
Getting there: Ride the free Student One bikes in 15 minutes, catch a bus or jump on the CityCat.

The Collective Markets, Southbank

The Collective Markets that take over Southbank every weekend are a true Brisbane institution. There are rows and rows of stalls showcasing handmade crafts, paintings, fashion, jewellery, homewares and some deliciously tasty street food – all within metres of the famous Streets Beach. It’s always fun just to look, but we won’t say it’s not tempting.

When? Fridays 5pm­-10pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, Sundays 9am-5pm.
Where? Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank.
Getting there: Ride the free Student One bikes in 15 minutes, walk in 30 minutes or catch the bus.

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