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Published May 2nd 2015
Redeveloped laneway home to Brisbane's newest market
Bakery lane is situated on 690 Ann St, between Warner and Brunswick streets
Since the opening of Bakery Lane in January this year, there's been plenty of excitement surrounding the one of the Valley's newest gentrified spaces. Seemingly overnight, the formerly underutilised back alleyway along Ann Street has been repurposed and redeveloped into a dynamic mix of retail, hospitality and office spaces. Now, after plenty of anticipation, the historic quarter in the heart of the Valley is the home to of The Bakery Lane Providore Markets, held on the first Saturday of the month between 9am-1pm.
The narrow laneway is home to some of Brisbane's most historical buildings, including Apothecaries Hall and the lane's namesake, Bragg's Bakery (circa 1864), which was a bakehouse responsible for kneading, rolling and baking up to 700 loaves per day for early Brisbane settlers.
The narrow laneway is situated between Brunswick and Warner streets, opens out into a larger outdoor plaza before turning a right angle extending behind the bars Laruche and the Bowery. On the day of inaugural market, the space was filled with mix of discerning urbanites, inquisitively inspecting what the stallholders and providores were hocking. There is undoubtedly cuteness to be found in spades, among the artisan foodstuffs, conserves, breads and of course the very pink I Heart Brownies storefront.
For those that need their weekend coffee fix, the Lost Boys Café offers an enchanting Neverland themed interior, with exposed brick, indoors trees with branches and vines that twist their way to the rooftop, and nostalgic Edison-esque filament light bulbs.
Image courtesy of My Bakery Lane Facebook page
Among the stallholders include Old Fashioned Co handcrafted sodas, featuring such exotic syrup and soda blends including Thai basil, ginger & thyme and pink grapefruit with rosemary. Wilston's Crust and Co. Artisan Bakery serves up loaves of rye, crusty sourdoughs and a selection of sweet and savoury tarts. For those looking for a breakfast treat, granola bowls from My Granola are on offer. Serious health food lovers will celebrate with a number of jars of pickled jars of goodness from Raw Health Probiotics, featuring pickled krauts and the hipster superfood – Kim chi.
Getting a bite to eat or something to drink while soaking up the market's atmosphere is a must. We had the pork belly, apple and fennal slaw sandwich with cucumber pickle and Swiss cheese, from Laruche's pop up kiosk. The kiosk also offers Somersby ciders and Asahi lager on tap. Definitely get there early if you plan on eating to secure a good seat, especially on the coveted balcony terrace, away from the crowds and overlooking the concrete plaza and performance space below.
Something that would formerly be considered to hip for Brisbane, for those in the Valley, strolling down this intriguing laneway is a very welcome diversion for those spending their bustling Saturday morning in the Valley.