The crowds would suggest that many of you sublime-seeking Brisbanites are already all over this bustling, new addition to our local food scene. The empty wharves, riverfront at Hamilton, have been converted into an industrial-style village with 60 shipping containers reconfigured as mini-restaurants! It’s like nothing Brisbane has seen before… it’s Eat Street Markets!
The outdoor marketplace is the brainchild of Brisbane identities Peter Hackworth, John Stainton and Jacki Macdonald who took their inspiration from Asian markets. Since opening in November 2013, Eat Street has grown both in size and popularity! On my first visit with the girls last weekend it was so incredibly packed, KW likened it to the EKKA on People’s Day. But even though we had longer-than-normal waits and took to having a picnic on the astroturf rather than hunt around for in-demand seating, it felt like Brisbane was alive. A bit like Southbank during the Brisbane Festival! People from all walks of life out and about in our fabulous city on a warm summer’s night, enjoying some great food and company.
I returned with JS on Friday night, much earlier (5pm) in the hope of skipping the crowds – this was a good strategy! 2 hours from dusk, it was a completely different vibe to Eat Street at night… plenty of space, virtually no queues and every bit as delicious.
Tell me about the food!
As you might expect, with so many vendors there are LOTS of options in terms of cuisine. Korean, Malaysian, Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, German, Hungarian, Dutch, Indonesian, Chinese, Greek, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, snacks, meals, desserts, fresh food… I absolutely cannot do justice to the variety available. And it’s cheap! Expect to pay about $10 a plate.
There are many, many foodie gems to discover. Here are some we enjoyed + some getting lots of attention:
I had a delicious Holy Cow slider from Koma Sliders
JS asked for a burrito in a bowl from Chilli Brothers Mexican. I tried the Nachos last weekend – definitely 2 from 2, these guys are awesome!
JS (with his bottomless stomach) also tried a yummy sausage dish and some meatballs from Wholesomeness who sell exclusively gf, df meals. Next time he wants to try the Char Grilled Rib Fillet with Chimichurri sauce (above pic shared on Eat Street Markets fb page).
A scrumptous gf brownie from iheartbrownies.
Couldn’t pass up these delicious Dutch poffertjes!
KW & JF tried Miss Julie’s amazing desserts last week. The above pic was shared on the Eat Street Markets fb page.
I’m itching to try the Man Made Mocktails, $6 right by the entrance (pic from the Man Made Mocktails fb page).
The people are cray-cray for gluten free donuts. Read more on the Gluten Off fb page.
Can’t wait to try this Malaysian Curry (pic from Eat Street Markets fb page). LOTS of people buying it on Friday.
Also feeling very curious about the Magic Mushroom Man’s stall, the Japanese pizza and Yoghurt Republic. So many things to try!
Is it just food?
No! There’s also a bunch of gift-y stalls! Everything from home made soaps, to outdoor rugs, cute summer dresses, clocks made out of old records, around every corner is something different and unexpected!
Here’s the fresh flowers stall on Friday.
There’s also organic fruit and veg, preserves and even cryovac’d meat available to purchase.
What about entertainment?
There seems to be plenty of live music and more – a squizz through the Eat Street Markets fb page reveals movie nights, Brazillian dancing and more. The facebook page is updated very regularly, it’s certainly the go-to spot to keep up with the happenings! There’s more info again at www.eatstreetmarkets.com.
I’m doing it! When and where?
The markets are open 4pm – 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Parking is available right next door to the markets, or on the street. Expect to park and walk. If you’re catching the CityCat, head to the Hamilton CityCat Terminal and walk up.
Not to be missed, Brisbanites, Eat Street Markets is certainly a Sublime Find! If you haven’t eat-streeted yet, you won’t regret giving this unique experience a try. See ya there!
Have you been to Eat Street? What can you recommend?