Each Saturday, from 6am to 2pm, Brisbane locals in the know travel from far and wide to make their weekly pilgrimage to Davies Park Markets, West End. The culture, the fresh food, the music and community atmosphere created by market goers and stall holders are unparalleled in Brisbane.

These iconic markets started out as a humble farmers’ market and now they are a vital part of the West End community. The markets still bring farmers face to face with their customers, shortening the country-city divide. The markets also provide a platform for political and environmental discussion, supporting not-for-profit organisations to voice their causes, as well as being a place for musicians and artists to have an audience.

The fresh produce remains the lifeblood of the market, and what better way to do your weekly fresh food shopping than by strolling through the market stalls? You will also find fresh seafood and meat, with farmers on hand ready to tell you about their produce. There are also food stalls offering international dishes for a tasty breakfast, not to mention artisan, fair trade coffee.

Once you’ve satiated your food and coffee cravings, continue browsing through the myriad of artisan produce, homewares, fashion and art stalls. Talented locals create all sorts of wonderful homemade and original designs and produce, giving you the chance to buy something truly original. Those with a green thumb will be delighted at the array of seedlings, plants and gardening supplies. Take home a freshly cut bunch of flowers for more instant gratification.