Ferry Road Market provides a most civilised shopping experience. There’s a great choice of markets on the Gold Coast, but the ‘trolley trudge’ is not for everyone. Some people need a more pleasurable food shopping experience, as well as a built in ‘need it now’ adaptability to their lives –from ‘there are visitors coming to dinner tonight – what can I buy’ through to ‘where can we meet for coffee at 4pm and get something for dinner at the same time’ kind of place.
More a collection of specialty food stores than a market, the Ferry Road Markets is located in a converted hardware shop in a warehouse complex just off busy Ferry Road. It’s a fantastic mix of thirteen top quality retailers under one roof, providing coast gourmets with foodie shopping heaven!
Although related to the James Street Markets in Brisbane, it seems more user-friendly and more relaxed: it’s easier to get to, easier to park and visually more logical. Stores are arranged around the edge of a central eating area, so shoppers can easily complete a circuit of the market viewing the abundant displays of each retailer. This is a convenient, time-efficient, comfortable way to shop for the best quality produce available. While goods are not the cheapest available, they rank with the best. Shop in air-conditioned comfort at this one stop collection of stores, accompanied by the aroma of coffee and the visual spectacle of beautifully arranged produce. With such temptingly fresh, high quality food for sale, we’re sure that no one will walk away empty handed!
The Standard Market Company Fruit & Veg – buy the most fresh, top quality, hard to get fruit and vegetables from this store, arranged in beautiful displays to show off a kaleidoscope of colour. Ph: 07 5591 536.
The Standard Market Company Bread – good quality sourdough and gluten-free bread, as well as cakes and slices. Ph: 07 5532 4749.
Merlo Torrefazione Ph 07 5561 1588 – Brisbane-based coffee producer, Merlo, is aptly represented in this colourful store. Beans are roasted on the site, you can purchase fresh beans or learn how to make coffee. There are also lots of coffee-based appliances for sale.
The Standard Market Company Meats – excellent quality regional and MSA meat cuts for that special occasion and exceptional sausages and convenient stir fry dishes are available at this butchery…and did I mention the charming butchers? Ph: 07 5591 5416.
Quench Ph 07 5591 5927 – Gelati and sorbet made daily, juices, frozen fruit blends, smoothies and shakes.
Reef Seafood & Sushi Ph 07 5528 4477 – With premium quality fresh local seafood, sushi and sashimi, live oysters shucked on site, Reef Seafood is a family business that doesn’t disappoint. Ph: 07 5528 4477.
The Standard Market Company Deli – this store holds a fabulous selection of local and imported antipasti and dips, charcuterie and olives, dairy and cheeses, spices and vinegars, pasta and sauces, as well as hormone-free chickens roasted on site. This store is beautifully arranged, with a myriad of groceries as well as fresh and frozen deli goods, making shopping a pleasure. Ph: 07 5591 5066
Providore – Providore Brickworks is the place to go for boutique, deli-style readymade food and gorgeous desserts. Providore specialises in catering, with salads, finger food, slow-roasted vegetables and the most gorgeous sweets which have to be seen to be believed. The quality and attention to detail is faultless, with premium handmade chocolates, patisseries, nougats, and sweets. You can chose to dine in the courtyard, take away or order in. Ph: 07 5532 8832.
The Tea Centre – Carries a range of literally hundreds of teas, beautiful teapots and tea paraphernalia.
The Source Bulk Foods – one of my favourite places, The Source is just the place to shop in exact amounts for each recipe, meaning zero waste. With so many niche products including grains, nuts, cereals, dried fruit, flour, spices, paleo products and more, you’ll get old-fashioned customer service with a smile. The Source is also proudly plastic bag free. Ph: 07 5531 0333.
Wheel & Barrow – Wheel & Barrow is a unique Australian owned homewares retailer offering a selection of exclusive homewares from around the world. Whether you are shopping for gifts, tableware, cooking equipment, serving or entertaining ware, Wheel & Barrow has the most beautiful selection of tableware, glassware, cookware and bakeware as well as the latest recipe books to inspire every home chef. Ph: 07 5526 4099.
Cardamom Pod – the new Cardamom Pod Brickworks is beautiful, fresh, airy and plant-driven. It features unbleached paper menus adorned with botanical pen drawings, and a large henna-like representation of Krishna graces one wall. Cardamom Pod is the haven of the super healthy, and good food never looked so good. We’re reminded to eat a rainbow of colours. No matter what you choose, your meal comes prepared in a bowl or on a hand-thrown plate adorned by flowers and cacao nibs, or in a coloured glass with fruit edging its rim. Painstakingly presented, gorgeously feminine and markedly Instagrammable, we gorge on this food with our eyes before a bite ever passes our lips. Simply beautiful and so awe-inspiring that we know it must be good for us. Contact number: 0424 251 008.
Spendelove Bistro – the place to meet for breakfast, a light meal, afternoon tea or a drink. It’s an ideal place to soak up the sunshine on a winter’s morning, reading the local paper and enjoying a fabulous breakfast made from fresh local produce. Licensed, the venue includes local wines on the list. Contact number: 07 5527 0255.
[email protected] – when owners Lynne and Robert Powell opened up [email protected] after several years overseas, loyal patrons of their former restaurant Evergreen flocked in the doors. There’s a classy feel to the venue which fits to the clientele who frequent the Ferry Road Market precinct. It features a mixture of high and low tables, communal dining and leather lounges which allow for mix seating. Outside, a Bali hut and water features create a lush verdant feel. Contact number: 07 5528 1322
Shogun Japanese – Shogun was divided into two areas: traditional a-la-carte dining and teppanyaki. It is known as the original and first ever teppanyaki with showmanship on the Gold Coast. Shogun’s chefs twirl their salt shakers, make towers of fire from onion rings and slice off egg, entertaining diners with style. Contact number: 07 5528 6998.
Brickworks Centre, 107 Ferry Road, Southport, Queensland 4215