I’ve been travelling to Brisbane for work for the better part of 15 years and relocated permanently about 3 years ago. I’ve always consider this city to be an oversized country town. Quiet, closed outside of business hours and certainly don't go looking for a bottle of wine late on a Sunday afternoon but boy does it grow on you, and quickly. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor green space, accessibility to the coast, entertainment and food. It's an easy city to get around whether you're on foot, in the car, cruising the river or simply pick up a free city cycle. Oh, did I mention the weather is perfect all year round. So, with that in mind, what does “my Brisbane” look like?
It’s all about fresh food and great beer for me and the weekend starts now!
Brisbane has a massive Food Truck culture, you'll find them all over the city with dedicated nights and themes. My local market does a Friday Night Foodies Market. Plenty of delicious food to choose from, outdoor bars and live entertainment. It's on what is considered the outskirts of town (5ks) but for me it's just up the road. You can check it out here.
But it's the Saturday Farmers markets that gets me out of bed early on the weekend. You'll find one in just about every second suburb but I hit the original Brisbane Markets at Rocklea for my fresh fruit and veg. I'm usually there around 6am to avoid the crowds. Coffee in hand, I tackle my favourite vendors, there are about 40 in all to collect fresh fruit and veg for the week. In addition to the fruit and veg there are plenty of farm to market products like yoghurt, organic meats, seafood, flowers, spices and pastries, I'm sure there's a pastry farm somewhere...I set myself a budget and leave having overspent every time!
I tell myself most weekends, I need to get more sunshine, after all I now live in the Sunshine State. So, as the sun gets higher I hear my friends say let's find a beer garden and sit outside but Brisbane has such a great Craft Beer scene that we always end up in a brewery surrounded by vats. I'm lucky to live in what is affectionately known as the Beermuda Triangle - walking distance between 3 of my favourite craft beer breweries but there are about 12 in a small radius of the CBD.
Sunday sees the promise of Saturday's sunshine, walking around the river city. But there's no better way to kill a few hours on a Sunday than taking a ferry to the Powerhouse, have a drink, grab some great food, catch some free entertainment and then call it quits while you mentally prepare for Monday.