Brisbane night markets | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane night markets

Much as we love hitting the stalls on a weekend morning for a market breakfast, freshly brewed coffee and enough baked goods to feed a small country, summer just isn’t the season for it. Between the blinding sunshine at 7am, the heatstroke by 9am and the burning car belt buckle when we’re ready to hit the road, it’s enough to make us skip the markets for an air-conditioned food court. Luckily, Brisbane’s market scene has made amends for the weather, with stalls popping up at twilight instead of dawn all around town. Here’s where you can find the best Brisbane night markets: Love Your Local Markets | Hawthorne, Cannon Hills & Norman Park Every Friday at one of their locations from 4-8.30pm, the Love Your Local Markets do their best to send us into a food coma with their food stalls. Because we can never choose between the The Bun Mobile, Chaat Hut, Bunny Chow Down or Pastizzihub, so we end up with eats from them all. Eat Street Markets | Hamilton They’ve been around for a while but the Eat Street Markets just get better with age. With a whole world of food on offer and better yet, a bar, they’re irresistible on hot, sticky nights. After crumbed, deep-fried pork cheek at Poulet & Pork, tender ribs and a bourbon shake at USA BBQ and Bourbon Bar and a milky bun from the Chocolate Komberry, you’ll sweating from more than the heat. nightmarketsbrisbane2Boundary Street Markets | West End Food, drinks, shopping, live music and a dance floor. What else would you need on a Friday and Saturday night? Not that you’d be up for dancing after stuffing yourself at Teppanyaki Noodles or Taco Fiesta. Wynnum Central Twilight Markets | Wynnum Instead of hitting the morning markets, make the most of the summer weather and hit the beach, THEN the markets. Just off the Esplanade, the Wynnum markets went twilight last year and now happen on the 2nd Saturday every month from 3.30-8.30pm. Hunt down the sausage sizzle, match it with some deep-fried spiral potatoes from Tangled Tatoes and a Smokin’ Pizza, then finish it off with a slushy and a square from Fudge Forever. The Collective Market | South Bank Wander the rows of handmade goods with a tornado potato in both hands and you might not be so tempted to buy everything in sight. As if South Bank wasn’t already the place to be on a Friday and Saturday evening (Restaurants! Bars! Movies! Dessert!), the markets just make it that much better. Thank Truck It’s Thursday | South Brisbane No, it’s not technically a market, but hey, a carpark filled with some of Brisbane’s best food trucks sounds like a pretty awesome night to us. Every Thursday night, Wandering Cooks gets taken over by delicious meals on wheels, from 5pm until, well, we eat it all. Toast s’mores over a bin fire (gotta love a bin fire!) at the Alphabet Café, fill up on sushi, tacos and burgers and then grab some chocolates to take home (if they make it that far). You might still need to get up at the crack of dawn to get all your organic vegetables, but at least now you can leave the face stuffing and stall browsing until it’s time for Brisbane night markets. Words by Ranyhyn Akui