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Published September 15th 2014
Brisbane is becoming a buzzing hub for local markets. Its support for emerging local businesses, artists and musicians is great to see, and is a real way of bringing the community together.
Night markets have always been one of my favourite weekend activities, especially when sometimes you're looking for something that is a bit more laid-back and family friendly. Having only moved to Brisbane recently, I have compiled a list of my favourite twilight markets in the area, but if anyone knows of others in Brisbane, please feel free to add a comment to let us all know.
Eat Street Markets
When: Fridays & Saturdays from 4-10pm Where: Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton Why: This is Brisbane's most bustling Asian Style market taking place at Hamilton Wharf under beautiful covered fairy lit alleyways of shipping containers.
There are around 80 containers holding delicious street food, fresh produce, flowers, cocktails, art, quirky crafts, clothes and music! With such a great range of international cuisine from Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese to Greek, Turkish, French, Hungarian and many more, you will truly be spoilt for choice.
When: Every Friday from 4-10pm Where: Cnr Boundary & Mollison Streets, West End, 4101 Why: Enjoy a night of live music, international street food & shopping. This edgy industrial site, which used to house Peters ice cream factory has now become a haven for street art, local crafts and talented artists. The pop-up stalls sell many unique creations such as jewellery, home wares, body products as well as vintage, retro and recycled fashion. The addition of the motor room with a licensed bar and live entertainment really does make this place a great way to spend your Friday night.
When: Every Friday from 5-9pm (also on Saturdays 10am to 9pm and Sundays 9am to 4pm) Where: Stanley Street, Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank Why: With More than 100 creative stalls set up, this is a market not to be missed. Selling anything from electric and effortlessly cool fashions, to handmade jewellery, art and stylish vintage homewares. This is such a buzzing and vibrant place with live music from local musicians and plenty of cafes to satisfy your appetite.
When: once a month on Friday nights from 5-9pm Where: King George Square, Brisbane Why: These markets are bustling with over 80 stalls full of creative and stylish handmade crafts, jewellery, fashion and art. This plus live music and great laid-back atmosphere makes the brisstyle twilight markets fun and entertaining.
There are Saturday night twilight markets on at Raby Bay Cleveland once a month, 27th September, 25th October, 22nd November and 20th December 2014. They have numerous restaurants along the harbour to eat and then you can browse the markets after, up to 70 stalls are on show with great handmade products. Have a look this month...great venue.
St Oswald's Anglican Church at Banyo have an Arts and Crafts market twice a year for local artisans to exhibit and sell their crafts. The next market will be on April 27th from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. The bar will be open, food available and a great ambience. A great range of home-crafted goods is available for sale. Entry is free.