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Published June 18th 2014
Like to eat? Then the Eat Street Market is for you
Hamilton Wharf: it sounds like the site of an 80s video game, where the sailors are fighting a street gang. But this isn't your stereotypical wharf; instead it is the home of the Eat Street Markets. You will find the wharf lined with shipping containers, which house and sell delicious food, cool trinkets and pretty clothing. Sounds suspicious, but it isn't…unless it is suspiciously wonderful.
When I arrived it was hard to find parking, and you'll probably be driving down side streets until a spot magically appears. So make sure you're wearing comfortable walking shoes, as it will be worth the run around. Or you can catch public transport, as Hamilton Wharf is conveniently located near the bus or city-cat.
Once in the market area, the first thing you'll notice (of course) is the converted shipping containers (there are 50 in total). Each is covered in some form of trendy art; some are covered in paint, others in astro-turf and plants. And, the best part, each is filled with some unique form of goodness. You will find stalls dedicated to beautiful handmade goods, such as soaps and cards, jewellery, clothing and food ranging from dumplings, popcorn, desserts and a whole list of international treats…you name it and it is probably there.
Once you have shopped till you're ready to drop, and picked up a treat of your liking to eat, you can sit in one of the two open spaced eating areas or on one of the cool benches/seats scattered throughout the market.
And, just when you think it couldn't get any better, you can soak up some live beats or entertainment. There are a wide range of artists and acts to suit, or expand, your tastes. The full line up is available on the Eat Street website. There are also cute designer lights littered throughout the market, giving it all a mystical feel. It will truly engage all five of your senses.
The whole concept of Eat Street is new for little Brisbane. It was inspired by Asian markets, which are centred on food, handmade goods and a sense of community. Although of Asian inspiration, the market has been brought to life by some key Brisbane identities - who have helped to bring a little bit of culture, and a lot of food, back into Brisvegas.
So head down to the Hamilton Wharf and enjoy the Eat Street Markets. You may not find the site of an 80s video game, but I think that is a good thing. What you'll find instead is a maze of all things wonderful. Also, bring your friends and family, you can go on the journey together.
The Eat Street Markets are open every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm till 10pm. It is also open every Sunday from 11am till 7pm. From more information please visit their user friendly website.