While we all love the thrill of a scroll and shop online, it can’t replace the feeling you get when you meet the maker, tap your card, and walk away with a story to tell.
Whether it’s knowing you’ve supported a local business or nabbed yourself an original piece of handmade jewellery, art, or homeware from Brisbane’s thriving creative community, there’s something special about spending a few hours exploring a market and discovering Etsy-in-real-life knick-knacks.
We’ve wrapped up some of Brisbane’s best craft and artisan markets to help you plan your next shopping fix.
Spend a Saturday walking through a collection of thousands of records and CDs in Coorparoo Square at the Brisbane Record Fair. With a mix of second-hand and new stalls selling everything from used, rare, obscure and so much more, there's something for all tastes.
From 4-9pm on the first Friday of September and December 2022, King George Square will come alive for the BrisStyle Twilight Markets. As you walk through the markets, you'll be serenaded by live music and treated to the delicious aroma of food stalls. The markets feature 100% handmade goods from over 60 local designers. Swing by to grab the perfect gift for a loved one or something special for yourself.
It's the largest pre-loved fashion market on Brisbane's north, the Fab Find Markets in Geebung is the perfect place to go to refresh your wardrobe. Whether you're clearing out your closet and want to make some extra cash, or on hunt for a bargain piece to add to your collection, it's your new go-to spot for updating your style without breaking the bank.
Gather your friends and enjoy a market brunch date (June-September) or an evening adventure (October-December) at the Gasworks Markets. After a river stroll, make your way to the heritage-listed Gasometer, browse handmade fashion, accessories, and homewares or book into one of their workshops.
Spend a lazy Sunday morning, discovering the carefully curated collection of local makers and designers at the Fish Lane Markets as you sip on a coffee from a nearby cafe. Treat yourself to locally made ceramics, art, accessories, and natural skincare products, and feel good about supporting local!
The iconic Riverside Markets at the City Botanic Gardens make the perfect family morning adventure or add on to a Riverwalk stroll. Wander the markets to find hand-dyed yarns, fashion, local eats and more on the CBD's doorstep.
Shop until you drop takes on new meaning when you’re filling your reusable tote at a Suitcase Rummage. Score one-off vintage pieces, pre-loved designer buys, retro homewares, and a treasure trove of other bits and bobs from this much-loved market held in Reddacliff Place on the first and third Sunday of every month.
The Collective Markets are as iconic to South Bank as the Wheel of Brisbane. Held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Stanley Plaza, they’re the perfect spot to discover original art, one-of-a-kind gifts, vintage clothing, and up-and-coming fashion designers. Make a Sunday session of your trip and stop by River Quay after your market walk for live music and picnic eats at Sunday Social on the Green.
Always check the market's website or social media pages for the latest updates to market dates and times.
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**This article was updated in November 2022.**
Editor's note: The featured content in Brisbane Explore is created to inspire residents and visitors to plan a day out exploring Brisbane and to buy local as part of the city's Economic Recovery Plan. Brisbane City Council disclaims any relationship with, or endorsement of, businesses featured in this video.
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