Taking you in and around Brisbane (and sometimes beyond)
Published June 9th 2014
To Market, To Market
Brisbane Markets seem to have exploded in the past decade, but sometimes you need to know where to head. Here are my suggestions: 1. Black Markets
Sounds slightly illegal and very much underground, but, these fashion-edgy stalls are jam-packed with creative goodness. Held inside a kooky Fortitude Valley live music lounge, this is a truly unique marketing experience.
The info: What:Handmade; artists, jewellers, print-makers, designers, handmade instruments and vinyl.
Where: Black Bear Lodge, level 1 - 322 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. When: Various Saturdays. Next market is on May 12 from 10am to 3.30pm. Web: www.facebook.com/BlackMarkets Entry: Free!
2. Brisbane Bleeding Heart Markets
Bleeding Heart Markets
OK, there seems to be a theme here. Black Market, Bleeding Hearts .... But I promise this baby will satisfy your heart's desire with all things handmade, art and vintage. Supporting local artisans, you can find all sorts of goodies in the stalls that wrap around the colonial verandah of the Bleeding Heart Cafe.
The info: Where: Bleeding Heart Cafe, Art Gallery and Gift Shop, 166 Ann Street, Brisbane.
This is late night shopping with a difference! Brisbane's true indie marketplace will get you locally made goods from independent artists. You will find all kind of treasures including designer arts, crafts and fashion goods. While in search of that special something, you can get involved with lantern lighting, and get toe tapping to live jazz.
Where: King George Square, Adelaide Street, Brisbane.
When: Various months on Fridays, from 5pm – 9pm. Next market is June 27th Website
OK well maybe pick up your cash on the way to this Gaol, becuase I suspect there is quite a lot you will want to take home with you. Famous for a range of goods including: fresh fruit and vegetables, coffee, artisan breads, children's activities, dairy, butchery, poultry, flowers, clothing, accessories, local arts and crafts and a range of organic produce. Score!
Where: Boggo Road, Dutton Park.
When: Every Sunday from 7am - 1pm. Website
Entry fee? No.
Worth it for: With a creepy old prison as a backdrop and public gas barbecues on the periphery, these markets offer ample talking points and places to enjoy your market fresh food and drink.
5. Rocklea's Sunday Discovery Market
This old gem, is a true bargain-mania market. That old-school general fkea market that sells bric-a-brac, plants, collectables, new and used items as well as home renovation products, books, CDs, DVDs, toys and more. This authentic market experience will see you able to wheel and deal for the best price in town!
Where: Brisbane Marketplace, 1a/385 Sherwood Road, Rocklea.
When: Every Sunday from 6am to 12 noon. Website
Entry: $1 for adult pedestrians (kids free), $3 for cars, which includes market entry.
6. BrisStyle Eco Market
Shop with a clear conscience
Did someone say Eco Markets? This unique marketplace is ethical shopping at it's finest. With a range of eco-friendly stalls to shop in and eco-workshops to participate in, this is one shopping event that is kind to the planet. If you are into Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling this is for you. And you can shop with a clear conscious purchasing all kinds of lovely items: handmade gifts, homewares, clothing, arts and crafts subject - all meeting the organiser's eco-criteria.
Where: St Augustine's Church, Racecourse Road, Hamilton.
When: Annually. Next market is on November 10, 9am – 2pm. Website
So, there you have it 6 markets to add to your weekend list. If you have a favourite that I have not mentioned, why not pop the details in the comments box below? Happy Shopping!