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It’s always fun to discover new stores and bring home a special holiday memento but often the choices are limited to what’s available in the tourist shops. Fortunately that’s not the case in Brisbane which has some fabulous markets. Here are five of the best Brisbane markets for shoppers who want to pick up something truly unique.

Young Designers Market

Little Stanley Street hosts the Young Designers Market on the first Sunday of every month at South Bank from 10am to 4pm. Everything at this market is handmade by the stall holders. For many of these creative entrepreneurs, showing at the market is the first step towards the commercialisation of their designs so you will also be helping a talented up-and-comer get a head start in the industry. Chatting to the creators is one of the great pleasures of shopping here.

Collective Markets

If you have an appetite for the unusual and like to browse, visit the Collective Markets which take place on Fridays at the Stanley Street Plaza at South Bank from 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 10am to 9pm and Sundays from 9am to 4pm. Here you can pick up handmade fashion, vintage collectibles, jewellery, homeware and furniture at affordable prices.

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Suitcase Rummage

If you are a dedicated bargain hunter who loves finding special treasures, this Suitcase Rummage market which is held around six times a year will appeal. People set up suitcases in Brisbane Square holding clothing, records, books, antiques – you name it, it’s there! Stall holders often come here to test the market for a new project or their unique art and craft ideas. Even if you don’t buy anything, it is fun taking a look around.

Brisbane Twilight Market

Meander through the stalls of over 60 local artisans who specialise in producing soulful and stylish handmade wares with a unique Queensland twist at the BrisStyle Twilight Markets at King George Square in the heart of the CBD. With a cafe, restaurant and bar onsite along with the sounds of Brisbane’s premier jazz bands wowing the crowds, this is late night shopping like you’ve never experienced it. The Brisbane Twilight Markets take place around six times a year, usually on a Friday.

Jan Powers Farmers Markets

Exotic aromas fill the air and shoppers carrying brightly coloured shopping bags overflowing with fresh fruit, vegetables and bunches of flowers weave good naturedly through the crowds at this fresh food market at New Farm which also has delicious food stalls. Open from 6am to 12pm every Saturday, this popular market is worth a visit simply to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and sublime river views.

Disclosure: The writer spends far too much time (and money) visiting Brisbane’s markets with her family.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.