West Endís hugely popular Green Flea markets is aptly named, both for its fresh produce as well as its flea market-style bric-a-brac. If markets are your thing then itís usually a tough call between these, the markets at Kelvin Groveís urban village, and Jan Powers Farmers markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Here Iíll cover the reasons to head to Davies Park on a Saturday morning.
The atmosphere is incredibly relaxed. For a long time the locals of West End have been known for their easy-going, hippie vibe. It is hardly surprising to find that this is also the nature of their markets. Stalls are well spaced out and divided mostly by one long trail, making it simple to navigate. Stall owners are friendly and keen to help, which makes the experience much more fun, and youíre bound to see people from all walks of life wandering through the thoroughfare which, by the way, weaves its way around the park for about two kilometres. Thatís a dayís exercise.
The food is to die for. Groceries are arguably the cheapest in town, and of good quality. The multicultural population here makes for a vast array of breakfast or lunch choices, including Indian curry puffs, French crÍpes, German sausages, lavish Chinese dishes and of course your regular Australian fare. Be sure to inspect all the food choices before buying- some are more reasonably priced than others, and some stalls use better quality ingredients. The crÍpes get my vote. There are also some immensely popular coffee stalls that a connoisseur will not want to forego.
Other stalls include kitschy ornaments, second hand goods, as well as some decent work by local artists. If you donít have long, come with an idea of what you want to purchase- be it something for the home or a last-minute birthday present. Make a point of looking around, though, as the stalls at the entrance are not always where youíll find the gem youíre looking for. Designate enough time to get into the heart of the market, and itís likely youíll be satisfied.