Eat at the Markets

Eat In Food at the Old Bus Dept Markets

Visit our multicultural food hall

Our markets have always been known for yummy food. But did you know we’re also a great place to sit and eat in?

Our regular food stallholders offer everything from French to Ethiopian in our very own mini multicultural food hall. You can pop in for a pancake, take away some Thai or lap up some Laotian cuisine.

The eat in food area is always busy – filled with the aromas of freshly made tasty foods – and buzzing with the warmth of the people who make it. It’s a popular spot for a break from trawling the markets, and also makes a great place just to stop by for breakfast, brunch or lunch on a Sunday during market opening hours.

Once you’ve browsed what’s on offer, take a seat to people watch and take it all in. Your mouth will be watering before you begin!

Here’s the lowdown on the tasty foods on offer:

Song Laos Cuisine

A real institution, Song has always had a loyal following.  Try the vegetable yellow curry, red and green chicken curries and the always popular chicken satay, curry puffs and spring rolls.

Fekerte’s Ethiopian Cuisine

The best place in Canberra for authentic Ethiopian foods. Specialities include Keywat – a spicy beef curry – fresh vegan and vegetarian dishes and spiced samosas.

French Food

Oui Oui French food please! Operating for more than 13 years and using only the highest quality organic ingredients,  you must try the croque monsieur – a grilled cheese and ham sandwich with white sauce. Savoury crepes and gourmet sandwiches on organic baguettes are also divine.

Jordanian Cuisines

Jordanian food is unique, and husband and wife team Yahya and Khawla say their food is reflective of the Jordanian lifestyle. With influences from Lebanese, Arab and Persian cuisine, the Canberra-based couple is now offering a range of Jordanian dishes including Muosaka which is a dish of roasted eggplant with beef and rice, and Fasolia which is green beans with lamb, tomato sauce and rice.  They create from local ingredients using traditional recipes and cooking techniques with wife Kwhala taking on the main cooking duties. As well as mains, they’ll also have a breakfast and snacks menu.


A sweet lovers’ heaven, this dessert stall has a great range to tempt you each week. Favourites include Poffertjes, or Dutch pancakes, regular pancakes, waffles and sweet, Asian-style crepes – all with a variety of toppings on offer. Crepe cakes are available in a range of flavours including Thai tea, cappuccino, vanilla and their signature flavour, coconut ice cream. Le’Moon also serves delicious mango sticky rice seasonally. Please note that the menu may change without prior notice.


Did someone say Thai?! Head to Yolk for a selection of flavourful Thai dishes each week. Tasty morsels on offer include rice balls, and deep-fried Tofu with crushed peanuts in sweet chili sauce. The lunch menu, available from 11am, changes with mains including chicken in red sauce with rice, stir fried instant noodles with vegetables and eggs, mung- bean noodles stir fried with vegetables and eggs, pork ribs in garlic and pepper with rice and salad, and the Thai Royal Snack – prawn in special sauce stuffed in crispy omelette. For dessert, try Yolk’s milk pudding in coconut juice and milk with fruit salad, or the grass jelly with brown sugar in ice.

Jo’s Juice

Always drawing a good crowd, this long time stallholder sells popular fresh orange juice squeezed on the premises, and warm drinks including delicious hot mulled wine and a lemon and ginger drink.

Depot Cafe

It’s the best place to grab an espresso with a friend, or latte with a loved one. A quick in and out for creamy milkshakes, cold drinks, yummy cakes and slices and ice creams for the kids any time of the day – and scrumptious raisin bread for brekky too!

What's On

Sat 15

Christmas & Designer Weekend

December 15 @ 10:00 am UNTIL December 16 @ 4:00 pm
Sat 22

Christmas & Collectables Weekend

December 22 @ 10:00 am UNTIL December 23 @ 4:00 pm

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