I'm a total foodie and Mum of two young children. I'm always looking to share my culinary and/or family-friendly experiences around Brisbane.
The Plantage Botanical Markets reminds me why I love living in inner Brisbane. This small market place not only offers local produce, coffee and live music, but also oozes a sense of community. It is where the diverse businesses and eclectic people of the Gabba precinct converge, either behind the stalls or wandering around with kids or dogs in tow.
Plantage is a new botanically inspired market selling all things green and growing every Saturday from 8-2pm in Woolloongabba. It can be found on the corner of Logan Rd and Jurgens St and plans to run over winter until the End Of The Line Festival in October. Organisers Kath Carroll and Anthony Lloyd were inspired by the vibrant stalls and community feel of the Columbia Road flower markets in East London and wanted to bring something equally green and enriching to their local area.
Plantage may only be small but has all the market essentials and more, including a Coffee Cowboys cart and delectable treats from local yummies like Pearl Cafe, Banneton bakery and Crosstown Eating House.
Enjoy the live music while you peruse plants, flowers and food and then spread out on the grassy area in the sunshine and people-watch. There are also some interesting finds, such as a make your own 'terrarium' stall. For those first-time terrariumers (like me), they are a pretty miniature garden inside an enclosed glass bowl.
Plantage embraces a sense of community and offers something refreshingly local to a bustling inner city suburb. It is worth a visit, especially for those lucky enough to grab the dog lead or pram and walk down and check it out. You might just meet some new neighbours - and get a terrarium.