A guide to great markets in Brisbane's northern suburbs
Markets on the Northside
One of the things about people who live on the North Side, is that why they like markets, very few have explored the numerous ones that are scattered around the northern suburbs of Brisbane. In fact, many have not even visited their local markets.
This is a pity because the markets in the northern suburbs of Brisbane tend to provide a great variety of stalls. Most markets include a range of upmarket crafts, clothes and food. Here are some of the best markets in Brisbane's northern suburbs.
This is the biggest and in some ways the best market on the north side of Brisbane. Located in the grounds of the Carseldine Government Precint the Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets sprawl through the leafy grounds between the buildings running from 6 am to midday every Saturday.
I normally visit these markets for the fresh fruit and vegetables. While these markets don't provide the sort of deals you would expect at some other markets around Brisbane, the wide selection of quality fruits and vegetables still make it worth doing your weekly shopping there.
Other grocery items to include on your shopping list during a visit are seafood, quality processed meats and of course bakery items. Not only are there several options for breads, there are also plenty of choices if you would prefer to be indulgent and pick up some cakes instead.
It is a pity that the markets close at midday, because it attracts a very wide selection of food stalls. Most of them do a great breakfast or brunch options, which makes it worth getting up early on a Saturday to visit. There is also a coffee shop in the Precinct as well which proves popular.
Overall a lovely market with a relaxed feel in a lovely location. There is also plenty of parking around the markets but public transport is a little limited, though buses stop at the main entrance to the precinct and the train station is a short walk away.
Eagle Farm Markets
You can't argue with the location at the historic Eagle Farm Racecourse but you can argue against the $2 entry fee that the Eagle Farm Markets charge. However few regular visitors to the markets complain about the charge (maybe it is just designed to keep the riff raff out of Ascot.)
Running from 7 am to 12:30 am these markets do attract a more gentrified crowd than many of the others. It is nice to wander around the race course when it isn't a race day, even if you are not planning on buying anything.
Eagle Farm Markets compares well against many other markets around Brisbane and has a large indoor section, making this an all weather market. In addition, by closing at 12:30 pm, this market is also a good option for an early lunch or, for most people on a lazy Sunday, a late brunch.
Along with music and entertainment there are also lots of kids activities at this markets, including face painting, jumping castle and mini-races. This can be a great Sunday morning for the whole family.
Here is the perfect example of a small local market.The Nundah Fresh Farmers Market has a great reputation but it is small compared to some of the more famous markets. But as they say, size isn't everything, and this market has everything you would want from a market.
Running from 6 in the morning to midday every Sunday, it is a good opportunity to pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables, browse the other stalls, grab some coffee and some brunch and maybe finish the morning with a stop at the famous Nundah Teahouse.
Overall a good little market and the perfect local market if you live in the area. If you had to travel any distance you might consider one of the others markets in the area instead.
North Lakes Markets
The North Lakes Farmers Market is the little market with a big vision. Running for 6:30 am to 11 am every Sunday it has tended to move around to different locations but is currently located in the car park at the corner of North Lakes Drive and Prospect Street. I would recommend checking the website before visiting in case the time or location changes again.
A fun atmosphere is encouraged by live music and the markets are strongly supported by locals. Definitely worth a look if you live in the area.
Courtesy of North Lakes Farmers Market
Northey Street City Farm Markets
Fans of organic locally produced food should, and usually do, visit the Northey Street Markets every Sunday. While organic and natural products are common at markets, Northey Street also sells products grown at the farms on site along with organic products from farms around Brisbane.
In addition to organic fruit, vegetables and food, there are also a range of natural craft and clothing products. Definitely worth a look and is the market of choice for people who live on the North side nearer to the city.
Deagon Sunday Market
Another great local market, the Deagon Sunday Markets start at 5 am and run through to midday at the Sandgate District High School. Once locals discover this market they return every Sunday for their shopping.
Overall a nice little market which I prefer over the Nundah Markets, but not so special that you would bother making the trip up Sandgate Road if Nundah was closer. Mind you, you can do your shopping here first, then head to Sandgate for lunch.
Add to that North side list of Markets The Redcliffe Jetty Markets. The BEST view in town coupled by the best cafe's and market stalls. Kid and Dog friendly too. Great live music throughout. Visitors are always surprised. And you can check out BeeGees Way - a visual tribute to the fab 3 who started out at Redcliffe - right in the middle of the market area.