Best providores for Christmas cooking
Attention foodies who cook!
Firstly, congratulations – you have a skill that many lust after. If you’re looking for the cream-of-the-crop shops to get ingredients to blow your guests’ minds this Christmas, then scroll on and prepare to have your own mind blown (and your savings decimated) by these top gourmet retailers.
Mercado | Bowen Hills
This is a super market, but definitely not your average supermarket. Mercado has literally everything you need this Christmas, from fresh bread and pastries to a stunning deli (to make that perfect cheeseboard), sensational fresh-caught seafood, and fine quality meats. Make sure you have a shopping list or you’ll likely spend all day pondering the shelves. Hot tip: their two booze outlets (one for beer and spirits, and one for wine) have some seriously good sips to accompany a summer Christmas feast.
The Stores | West End
After some artisan additions to your Christmas meal, or looking to take your cooking to the next level? The Stores has you covered. Stocking some of Australia’s finest produce, this food mecca houses a butcher, deli, fromagerie, grocery store, and top quality fruit and veg all in one insta-worthy hub. Whether you’re cooking a turkey, ham, plum pudding or just keen to sea-food and eat it, you can impress all the rellies and hopefully pass off having to wash up as a result of your hard efforts- or at least grab a coffee from their built-in Blackstar cafe for your shopping effort.
The Standard Market Company | James Street
The O.G. of the fancy Brisbane markets, this spot aims to raise expectations of what a fresh food market should be. They source their produce locally and internationally, whether it be from heritage and organic growers, artisan butcher and bakers, seasonal specialists, gourmet importers or culinary craftspeople. Among their departments are fruit, meats, bread, deli, and international goods, so we predict you’ll probably need a couple of hours to get through it all. Our hot tip: take a shopping break with some unreal soosh from Fresh Fish Co. nestled inside.
The Fish Factory | Morningside
It’s official: Christmas = prawns. Operating for over 30 years, this iconic fish market is the best place to source your fresh and cooked seafood products – but you’re going to want to get in early! For seafood fanatics, this is your one-stop shop to get your clams on prawns, salmon, oysters, crayfish, bugs and lobsters for Christmas lunch or dinner. Their on-site gourmet delicatessen has a range of goodies to accompany your seafood wares, so you’ll be set for salty success come the festive season.
Rosalie Gourmet Market | Rosalie
Christmas just got a whole lot easier! The shelves of RGM are overflowing with festive delights which will tantalise your taste buds. Whether your sweet tooth loves nougat, chocolate truffles, panettone, panforte, biscuits, fudge or Christmas cake and pudding, we dare you to not be tempted. After a ham or turkey? Order one here alongside cheese, charcuterie, and gorgeous fresh flowers, and you’ll be grinning on Christmas Day.
Jocelyn’s Provisions | Fortitude Valley
The countdown to Christmas is on, so naturally, Jocelyn’s 2018 Christmas Catalogue is here and bursting with ideas for festive entertaining! They have an exciting selection of new products this year including tiramisu, yule logs, and chocolate and cherry pavlova plus all of the tried and tested favourites! An easy solution to jazzing up a pre-lunch cheese plate or simplifying Christmas dessert, Jocelyn’s has all your Christmas baked goods in the oven!
Still tempted to leave the work to someone else? Check out our steps to hosting a cheat’s Christmas lunch.