The Eat Street Markets, Brisbane’s bustling Asian style night market, spring to life on weekends under covered fairy lit alleyways of shipping containers down by Hamilton Wharf.
Four Brisbane identities - Brisbane market guru Peter Hackworth, TV producer John Stainton, retail entrepreneur John Harrison and veteran TV personality Jacki MacDonald – are behind the Eat Street Markets, which feature some 80 containers peddling delicious street food, fresh produce, flowers, cocktails, art, quirky crafts, clothes and music.
As well as a great place to mingle, browse, meet friends and absorb the sights, sounds and aromas as the sun sets over the river and city skyline, Eat Street Markets are a colourful budget dining hub for all the family.
Take a seat on the warehouse pallets (some covered in astroturf) under strings of lights and partake in delicious cheap eats from around the world prepared by invite-only chefs: Indian curries, Singaporean dumplings, smoked ribs, Japanese pizza from Okonomi House. rice paper rolls, local seafood such as Samie’s Girl oysters, Banneton’s wood-fired pizza, New York hot dogs and fresh salads.
Also in the Eat Street mix you'll find Greek from Five Sisters, Langos Hungarian, French crepes, Malaysian roti, Italian from the Pasta Cruiser, Belgian waffles, German sausages, Vietnamese banh mi and rice paper rolls, Sichuan Chinese, slow-roast chicken rotisserie,Thai, Indo Cuisine, Korean fusion burgers and Mexican. Meantime cute pop-up bars are on hand with craft beers, wines and cocktails to accompany and for dessert yoghurt or gelato.
The pop up shops are browseworthy too - look out for the ukelele man, Rare global collectibles, herbal soaps, refashioned wooden wares from M'art Deco and recycled metal sculptures from Tanzania at Heather's Artz.
Entertainment wise there’s a performance stage where local musos play chilled retro-and Euro-themed music and alongside Eat Street is a row of galleries manned by local artists.
Need to know: An abundance of free parking is available nearby and the Eat Street Markets are a short stroll from the Northshore Hamilton ferry terminal. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome and there are a number of ATMs throughout the markets.