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Saturday Mornings at the Davies Park Market

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by Ranyhyn Akui (subscribe)
A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
Published March 10th 2014
Everything your Saturday needs in one stop

A Saturday morning spent at West End's Davies Park Market is a Saturday morning well spent, no matter your purpose for being there. Whether it's for a unique brunch, grocery shopping, a browse of the unusual goods on offer or just an attempt to get out of the stifling city and suburbs, the markets are a rewarding way to start the weekend.

Personally, I like to visit them first thing in the morning. I'm talking 6:30 am, before the crowds have arrived, car parking has become difficult and the kale and spinach at the veg stalls have started to wilt a little. You might prefer to have a sleep in and get there later but early is better. There is plenty of coffee on offer to perk you up, with Merlo, Di Bella and Campos brews available along with deliciously spiced organic coffee at the Gypsy caravan smack bang in the middle of the markets (if you can make that far in without the caffeine hit). If you aren't in a rush, the giant, old fig trees around the markets provide a perfect canopy of shade for sitting under for some people watching or river views.
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Coffee @ the gypsy caravan

From there you can choose a breakfast from one of the many food vans and stalls. There are multiple bakery stops, including gluten free goodies like cupcakes and brownies (yes, brownies are an acceptable brunch), a Spanish paella stall from which tantalizingly spicy scents always waft, unique food stuffs like twirly, deep fried potatoes, international dishes, vegetarian options and plenty of greasy stuff if you've had a big Friday night.
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Is a healthy breakfast right for you?

By now you should be ready to shop, whether it's for a unique handmade gift or outfit or for your weekly groceries. If it's groceries, you'll find plenty to choose from, including fresh seafood, gourmet meat and cheeses, deli goods like olives and salami, nuts, spices, organic produce, potted plants, Asian groceries like tofu and good old fruit and vegetables. Although, even the fruit and veg is a bit weird and wonderful with everything from spaghetti squash to chokos available from week to week as well as strange produce you'll probably have never seen before.
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Exotic fruit? Or alien life form?

Experiment in the kitchen time? As everything is usually significantly cheaper than you will find it at the supermarket, experimentation is well within the budget.

On your way out you might find a one-off summer dress for Sunday, the perfect present for your mother-in-law or maybe just only have the time to throw some spare change into a buskers guitar case before you embark on the rest of your weekend.
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Why? Get your weekend off to a good start.
When: Every Saturday from 6am-2pm
Phone: 07 3844 2440
Where: Davies Park, West End
Cost: Free entry
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