Rosalie Gourmet Market marked its 25th year of offering high-quality delicacies, specialty products or indulgent patisserie and pantry items in Paddington. Popularly known as Brisbane’s foremost food hall, this store has been a goldmine filled with an extensive selection of artisanal products.
Originally behind this culinary paradise were Norris and Marcia Lewis, who opened Rosalie Gourmet Market in October 1997 as a deli and grocer along Baroona Rd. The Lewis couple were inspired to open their business following their travels to Los Angeles years ago, where they discovered an organic grocer.
The couple thought that a deli and grocer would fit right into Rosalie’s village feel. Over time, the Lewis couple established their store as the go-to shop for specialty baked goods, delicious pasta, sauces, jams and preserves for the pantry, cured meats and charcuterie, and filling take-home meals, as well as kitchenware and essential items for gifting.
In 2016, however, Norris and Marcia decided to enjoy their retirement years and turned over Rosalie Gourmet Market to Rae Gough.
Rae spent a long time in London before moving back to Brisbane to raise a young family. In her years abroad, Rae became a regular at the Borough Market, which honed her love for gourmet ingredients. Thus, she was the perfect choice to take over the gourmet shop and continue what the Lewis couple started.
“I have never had a regret about my change from the corporate world and love my little piece of foodie paradise,” Rae said in April 2022, six years after she took ownership of the shop. “I love the community, staff and suppliers who bring me happiness every day. Thank you to you all, and especially to my incredibly supportive family and friends who are behind me every step of the way.”
Rae added that she knew she made the right decision to quit her corporate job and run a food business. Under her stewardship, Rosalie Gourmet Market expanded with more spaces to accommodate more products, especially hard-to-find international food items. She also spearheaded the 25th-anniversary celebration at the shop in October 2022.
In September 2023, former and current workers of the gourmet shop are planning a reunion with Rae, as well as Norris and Marcia.
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One stop shop for all deli needs. The Rosalie Gourmet Market has everything you could need from gifts to everyday delights. I regularly buy the deli meats, family sized quiche and lasagne, as well as breads, pastas and treats. They have a fantastic range of all products, including a lovely section of home items, flowers and wrapping + cards. I have used the catering service on 4 occassions and have never been disappointed. The sizes are generous and the food is absolutely delicious and fresh. It’s a great place to grab an easy dinner option (soup, pizza, pasta, curries, etc) and their cakes are to die for. Especially their vegan choc cake.Anna Thomas
A nice local gourmet market and deli in Rosalie. Picked up a bunch of different cheeses and prosciutto de Parma; which were of great quality. The cakes looked nice as well and would definitely come back for those. Highly recommended for anyone who’s after gourmet food items.Magnus Hsu
Staff are always lovely, beautiful cheese and antipasto. They always have great recommendations for charcuterie boards and pairings for cheeses, antipasto and meats.A10