Brisbane's favourite local bodegas

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Photograph: Aimee Catt
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The bodega (literally translated from Spanish: wine cellar) is where you can grab cured meats, fine cheeses and often a bottle of vino to wash them down with. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of these local favourites, they have no minimum spend on card purchases.

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Exterior at Rosalie Gourmet Market
Shopping, Grocers

Rosalie Gourmet Market

icon-location-pin Milton

Look left, right, up and down for an all-directions assault of fine food beginning with a potted display of edible, living herbs at the door. Held fondly to the bosom of Brisbane food lovers, Rosalie Gourmet Market and can be relied upon to provide exquisite produce to complete inspiring cheese and charcuterie plates and is a one-stop-shop for sourcing the finest ingredients imaginable. We love that the Jamón Ibérico, Serrano and Italian and local prosciuttos are all sliced to order along with Spanish and Italian-inspired smallgoods. Can't be faffed cooking? Take-home moussaka, lasagne and soups will make dinner time a joy.

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Cakes at James Street Markets
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James Street Market

icon-location-pin Fortitude Valley

This thriving marketplace precinct can provide just about anything your hungry heart desires. Start your journey at Prime for pre-sliced charcuterie and meats. Then wander the Standard Market Company Deli for fresh produce and a range of olives, ice creams, Australian and international butters, fruit pastes, cheese, pastas and sauces, local yogurts and creams from the guys at Barambah Organics, and so much more. Don't forget to pit stop for seafood and bakery goods before finishing shopping for specialist beer, wine and spirits at Cru Bar and Cellar, where boozy advice and chit-chat are all part of their stellar service.

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Exterior at New Farm Deli and Cafe
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New Farm Deli and Café

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Brisbanites have been queueing out the door at New Farm Deli and Café since 1977 and the trend shows no sign of slowing. With an authentic Italian flavour, the deli stocks fresh and dry goods sourced from all over the world. Cabinet, shelves and windows are abundant with wedges and whole wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano, plump legs of prosciutto di Parma and San Daniele, by-the-scoop olives of every hue, tightly rolled dolmades, charred eggplant, fat sopressas, slabs of pancetta, snow-white lobes of buffalo mozzarella bobbing in brine and portions of pungent taleggio. And that's not even the half of it.

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Interior at Malt Traders
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Malt Traders Southbank

icon-location-pin Mater Hill

We love this small but hedonistic nook of booze and food. Touting themselves as 'a purveyor of fine consumables', Malt nails the brief. We found bottles of Limeburners single malt whisky from WA, and the international menu of malts is pretty spesh too. Like to browse craft beer? Malt have an impressive menu including Yorkshire's Samuel Smith organic and vegan Old Brewery Beers, crafted using water from the original well dating back to 1758. You'll find wine worth conversing over also; Aussie, international, biodynamic or organic, grab a bottle, pull up a chair and enjoy a cheese and charcuterie plate with all the trimmings.

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Shopping shelves at Hawthorne Garage
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Hawthorne Garage

icon-location-pin Hawthorne

We want to move to Hawthorne just so we can call Hawthorne Garage our local. Travelling Hawthorne Road, it's hard to miss with the red Chevrolet truck out front gleaming like a beacon. The Garage is a high church of deli lines, gourmet grocery and fresh produce, there's a coffee window serving DNA coffee and space out front where locals snack on bagels, quiches, baguettes and salads from the cabinet inside. Retail lines observe current trends so you can pick up a cold booch, aka kombucha, while slinging French cheese, local Stella May pâté and portions of flaky, wood-roasted salmon into your shopping basket.

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