There is a market for everyone's needs in Brisbane's north
Markets Big and Small The last few years have seen numerous changes in the markets on the North Side of Brisbane, with some popular markets closing and new ones taking over. This is a list of the current markets in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane and you are sure to find one that meets your needs.
Many people shop every week at their local markets
There are many reasons to head to your local markets or even head across town to seek out the best ones. Locals head to their favourite markets every weekend. Frugal shoppers are able to pick up enough fruit and vegetables for the whole week for only a few dollars. The discerning buyer will seek out high quality produce that the local shops don't sell. Then of course, you can shop for crafts and clothes, grab a snack or a meal, entertain the kids or even get your dog washed.
Markets are a great place for a coffee, snacks or a meal
All these markets are on every weekend and are located north of Brisbane river and range from the northern suburbs of Brisbane out to to the Moreton Bay Region. They all need your support to both continue and to grow, so dump your supermarket and shopping mall, and head to these markets.
Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets This sprawling market set on the shady grounds of the Carseldine Government Precinct runs fro 6 am to Midday every Saturday and is probably the best Saturday market in Brisbane's northern suburbs. In recent months, it has been expanding, so if you haven't been there for a while, it is worth heading back here.
The leafy Carseldine Government Precinct hosts the markets on Saturday mornings
There is a wide selection of fruit and vegetable for sale. Most of fruit and vegetable stalls are located near each other, but with some popping up in various spots around the grounds. With enough healthy competition, it is possible to find good deals here, though there is not the same level of heavy discounting that you find in other markets as the markets close. I have managed on occasion to pick up good deals from specialist sellers for things like avocados and berries.
Browsing the many fruit & vegetable stalls at the markets
These markets are also very good for breakfast, brunch or an early lunch, with an area set aside for food stalls and entertainment with plenty of seating. If I wanted to have brunch at the markets, this would be my first choice.
Carseldine Markets has an are set aside for food stalls, seating and entertainment
There is also plenty of craft and produce stalls, so this is a good well-rounded market. Carseldine Markets are busy but because of the location, rarely feel crowded.
Nundah Markets Nundah Markets are my favourite markets in the northern suburbs for fruit and vegetables. These markets, located in Nundah's train station car park, don't have the same feel as many other markets, and for a long time, they were the poor cousin to the Eagle Farm Markets. But since that competing Sunday market closed, this market has really taken off, with a lot more options, especially for fruit and vegetables.
The Nundah Markets are now the most popular Sunday Markets in the northern suburbs
With so many stalls selling fruit and vegetables, the stall holders often start discounting from around 11 am. I guess the plan is to clear out the remaining stock before the end of the weekend. Get there too late and some of the stalls will have already sold out.
Nundah Markets are great for fresh fruit and vegetables
With lots of parking, a great selection of fruit and vegetables and a reasonable selection of everything else, the Nundah Markets are worth visiting on Sunday mornings.
Northey Street City Farm Markets
Now operating from 6 am to 11 am every Sunday, the Northey Street City Farm Markets are a favourite for people looking for organic produce. The location can't be beat, close to public transportation, with lots of parking in the area, an abundance of shade trees and of course, the city farm environment, just coming here is a great experience. The main attraction though is the organic produce and products on sale.
Northey Street City Farm Markets is in a wonderful shady locations
Organic eating is becoming increasingly popular and has moved away from its hippy roots to also be associated with high-end quality products. For this reason, the Northey Street Markets are not the cheapest around, but there is nowhere else in Brisbane where you can find such a wide selection of organic products in one location.
These markets are located in the Northey Street City Farm and some of the products come from the farm
Personally, for me, the highlight of this market is having a late breakfast at the Chai Cafe under the shade of a tree. There are also food stalls in the market itself where you can be entertained by buskers performing around the market.
The cafe is a great place for breakfast or brunch and is run by volunteers
The main attraction of this market is the organic selection, but it also has a great location, vibe and is a really great place for breakfast or brunch.
Village Markets Kelvin Grove
The streets in Kelvin Grove transform every Saturday morning into the Village Markets which run fro 6 am to 1 pm. This is the market with a bit of everything, with the focus on shopping it also has a wide selection of craft and other product stalls.
Kelvin Grove Village Markets take over the streets in Kelvin Grove
The location in Kelvin Grove means it attracts many QUT students who live or at least study in the area, so this active market usually has a good selection of reasonably priced items. The location near the shopping district of Kelvin Grove means if you can't find want you are looking for at the markets, you can pop into the shops, cafes or restaurants nearby.
Fruit & vegetable stalls at the Kelvin Grove Village Markets
The Ferny Grove Markets, running from 6 am to midday every Sunday, manage to be something a little different. It has the usual fruit and vegetables, food trucks and craft stalls, but it also attracts a number of second-hand sellers as well, especially for second-hand books.
Located in the car park of Ferny Grove Railway Station, it is a non-leafy location in a leafy suburb, but the spacious area attracts a regular crowd every Sunday, with most people being attracted to the selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Many people take the opportunity to shop, grab a snack and use other market services.
There have been a number of attempts to establish markets in Chermside or nearby. The Chermside Farmers Market is just the latest attempt. It runs every Sunday from 7 am to 12 pm in the car park of the Kedron-Wavell Services club. This boutique market attracts regular weekly visitors though many locals have yet to discover this market.
With fruit & vegetable stalls, food trucks and crafts on sale, this little market manages to cover all the basics of a market, but it doesn't manage to compete with Nundah which is only 10 minutes drive away and has a better selection of everything. However, it is a short stroll from the Chermside Westfield to here, so that it can easily be part of a complete shopping trip.
The Eat Street Markets in Hamilton has become a Brisbane institution. Made up over 70 food stalls in converted shipping containers, as well as some shopping stalls, this market attracts a crowd every weekend. Open for dinner on Friday, Saturday and for lunch and dinner on Sunday, this is where people go when they want to try a little bit of everything in a cool environment with food and entertainment.
Eat Street Markets is the market to head for food and entertainment on weekends
The best part is the atmosphere and the selection of food. However, most people are a little disappointed in the prices and the difficultly in finding a place to sit. My advice is to get there early, grab a spot for you and your friends, and then take turns going off and grabbing some food to try. It is definitely worth the visit.
Food and entertainment attract the crowds to Eat Street Markets
Old Petrie Town Sunday Market
Old Petrie Town is the restored village in the Petrie Region. The best day to visit is on Sunday when the markets are on from 7 am to 1 pm and all the shops are also open. These markets focus on crafts and traditional products, but you can also buy fresh fruit and vegetables and there are food stalls and trucks as well.
While not the greatest market in Brisbane, it is worth the trip for the beautiful historic location. Many people come in here periodically for the atmosphere.
Jetty Markets in Redcliffe
While not self-respecting Redcliffe resident would agree to be associated with Brisbane, this is the biggest and arguably the best market in the northern part of the greater Brisbane area. Located by the beach in an area that would attract visitors, whether there was a market there or not, this market attracts the crowds every weekend.
Redcliffe Jetty Markets is just one reason to head to the peninsular
Redcliffe Jetty Markets is located just in front of the Redlcliffe Jetty and in front of the shops and restaurants that line the beachfront. Along with the usual market shopping, there are also lots of food stalls and trucks, as well as many locals selling a wide range of products.
There are many reasons to visit Redcliffe, with the Sunday markets being just one more attraction at a great destination. Of course, the markets bring the crowds, so either get their early or consider taking the train and bus here. You can also park somewhere further away like Margate and walk along the shore to Redcliffe.