Step inside and the constant hum of traffic gives way to soothing decor and feature lighting. The open plan space features an eclectic mix of fresh food, gourmet delights and everyday basics; Harper's could be described as a grocer, florist, cafe and lunch bar all in one.
My favourite part is being able to order a coffee all in the same space, and it's not a token add-on, it's good coffee. You can grab a cup to go as you finish your shopping or sit at one of the outdoor tables.
Then there are the heaving fridge cabinets with really really good ready-made food and deli basics. Harper's have the Littlesweet Baking range (freshly baked and crafted just up the road) as well as reasonably priced croissants (hallelujah!). The focaccias are worthy of a visit in their own right and can be taken home or toasted and enjoyed on the spot. Try the vegetarian or continental, our favourites.
The floral creations on offer as you walk in are amazing. One of the owners has a background in floristry and this speaks for itself. There's also a well thought out selection of fresh fruit and vegetables and ...the wall. The wall is a heaving library of food and most likely stocks any herb, spice or ingredient missing from your culinary creation.
With a seafood shop a couple of doors down there's a fair bit of foodie goodness going on in O'Connor. What's not surprising is that Harper's Food Market has become a staple for both locals, workers and those passing through. You can find it at 378 South St, O'Connor, near the intersection of Stock Rd.