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Best markets on the Gold Coast

Marj Osborne | September 2018

The Gold Coast offers an intriguing and diverse array of markets to satisfy every desire, from art and craft to fashion, fresh produce, gifts and trinkets.

Whether it’s organic produce that you can’t live without, incredible street food that will make your tastebuds dance or unique handmade artisan creations that you just need to own, the following ‘must do’ Gold Coast markets are sure to please.

Art & Craft Markets

Broadbeach: Old Burleigh Road, Kurrawa Park | 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month, 8am – 2pm

Burleigh: The Esplanade opposite 1st – 3rd Avenue, Burleigh Heads | Last Sunday of every month, 8am – 2pm

Coolangatta: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta | 2nd Sunday of every month, and 4th Sunday in five Sunday months, 8am – 2pm

All three of these markets are held beachside along the grassy verge between the shops and the coastline.

At the markets, we see an array of products including handmade toys, jewellery, leather bags, clothing, beachwear, bonsai and honey. There is also a good offering of food including Dazarro BBQ, Dan’s Dim Sim and sweet treats such as poffertjes, churros and crêpes.

Bundall Farmers’ Markets

HOTA, Home of the Arts, Bundall  | Every Sunday, 6am – 11:30am

The Bundall Farmers’ Markets sell a great range of fresh produce and gourmet delights.

Stalls are brimming with vegetables and fruit straight from the growers, specialty foods, olives, nuts and seeds, cakes and slices, fresh seafood, freshly baked bread, creamy cheeses and other gourmet delights.

Make a morning of it at these markets and enjoy what’s on offer, whether it’s grabbing a coffee or breakfast and enjoying the live music, wandering through the art gallery, catching a movie or unwinding at the picturesque Evandale Lake at the rear of the market site.

Burleigh Markets

Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads | Every Saturday, 7am – 12pm

Besides fruit and veg, Burleigh Markets offer a different blend of produce and wares to other markets. There are gourmet foods and deli items, artisan bread and pasta, meat and fish, fresh flowers and plants, as well as handmade crafts and clothing, collectables and some bric-a-brac.

There’s a good range of authentic global food to choose for a quick meal or takeaway: handmade gyoza without MSG, fabulously thin gozleme served with carrot dip and hummus, German bratwurst from the Kransky Brothers, raw desserts, fruit-filled frozen yoghurt as well as coffee.

Best of all, the organic section of the market includes organic coffee, plants, and vegetables. The markets are set on a grassy flat on the school grounds, flowing into undercover areas, giving it a country feel right in the middle of a beach suburb.

With plenty of seating and lots of free parking on the oval beside the markets, it’s a great way to begin the weekend; a real social occasion.

Carrara Markets

Corner Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara | Every Saturday & Sunday, 7am – 3pm

The largest permanent market in Queensland with more than 400 stalls, the Carrara Markets is open every weekend over two days.

It is a haven to the fabulous and flimsy, the terrific and the tacky; you can buy anything from bedside lamps and carpets, to paintings, tools, clothing and kitchenware.

The food department covers produce, pantry items and multicultural food to go.

Chinatown Street Markets

Young and Davenport Streets, Southport | 1st Saturday of every month, breaking for Christmas, 5pm – 9pm   

Gold Coast Chinatown, in the heart of Gold Coast CBD, comes alive with Asian culture and entertainment during market time.

Cooked in front of you while you wait, you can taste your way through Asia with a selection of cuisine from Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and more.

Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets

The Boulevard, Carrara | Open 3pm to 7pm every Thursday.

With delicious cheeses, pizza, crêpes, French patisserie, Thai food, meat, seafood and fresh produce, Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets has all bases covered.

Not only can you do your late night shopping, but you can have dinner in the same outing, and you can also take your dog for a walk.

“Many people who live here have a small dog,” market manager Terri says. “So a pet-friendly market makes a lot of sense.”

Gold Coast Design Collective Markets

Pop up markets – check out their website to find out where they are next!

Want to check out undiscovered design talent on the coast? Then these are the markets just for you.

Run by Gold Coast Design Collective, it’s a nursery for budding artists, designers and creators.

Jewellery, clothing, homewares, handmade cards and stationery, children’s clothing and giftware – there are lots of stalls holding that special gift for just the right person.

Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market

Miami State High School, 2137 – 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami | Every Sunday 6am – 11.30am

Leave your mobile phone at home, relax, and join the growing number of Gold Coasters who enjoy an organic shopping experience.

The Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market is the only market where all produce is guaranteed certified organically grown. Produce includes fresh and dried herbs, heritage vegetables and seedlings such as kale, dandelion greens and daikon radish, sourdough breads, organic lifestyle and skincare products, safe cleaning products, honey, eggs and nut products.

Held under tents on the oval and car park area of Miami High School, this market is growing in both size and popularity, with patrons travelling from all over the Coast to buy fresh, nutritious produce, straight from the farm.

Marina Mirage Farmers Markets

Marina Mirage Farmers Markets, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach | Every Saturday 7am – 12pm

Situated in the Marina Mirage forecourt, this market is an easy choice due to their shade from the elements as well as undercover car parking. This makes them best suited to housing cheese, chocolate and seafood – products which are less available at other venues due to temperature restraints.

Marina Mirage Markets is a great all-weather market to visit for gourmet food, organic produce, spray-free farm fresh fruit and vegetables, produce just picked from the farms, gluten-free products and gourmet take-home meals. It also provides an opportunity to meet the farmers and artisan producers and is one of the best markets to visit for Christmas treats.

Miami Marketta Street Food

23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami | Wednesday Tapas Club 5pm – 9pm; Street Food Market Friday 5pm – late & Saturday 4pm – late

There’s a real family feel happening in this now twiweekly Street Food Market (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights).

Situated in the laneway running through the arts precinct of the Marketta, the event is part street food market, part pop up, part festival of food, part permanent craft and clothing stalls, part live music event.

Street food is trendy, and judging by the turnout and crowd enthusiasm, you could have mistaken it for an annual foodie event in a very hungry town.

Celebrating our ‘United Nations’ of food, French, Hungarian, Mexican, Turkish, Spanish, Indian, Thai, Brazilian, Venezualan, Japanese, German, Italian…it’s all there.

Much of it is traditional regional street food, the noteworthy difference being the venue – a clean environment and rubbish bins, rather than the dirty litter-laden thoroughfares of many world cities.

There’s a good range for vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore palates, with an emphasis on healthy, alternative and regional world cuisine.

Some of it we’ve seen before, but it’s a great mix of familiar vendors and newcomers, throwing in a few stalls run by local restaurants.

Mummy Tree Markets

Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove | Held bi-monthly on Saturdays 9am – 1pm

The Mummy Tree’s boutique family market is held regularly at the entrance to the picturesque Sanctuary Cove shopping village. It’s a family-oriented market which specialises in services and gorgeous products inspired by pregnancy, babies, children, and mums and dads.

Besides the boats on display and beautiful marina at Sanctuary Cove, there’s a heap of entertainment happening on market days for the kids: face painting with the Fig Tree Fairy Parties, pony rides, Music with Monica, a jumping castle and live music by Chantel Maree.

Palm Beach Farmers Markets

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach | Every Saturday 6am – 11:30am 

Palm Beach Farmers’ Markets is one of the most popular and easily manoeuvrable markets on the Gold Coast.

Set in the school quadrangle of PBC, it’s arranged in an open square, with some stalls in the middle. There are about 80 stalls that carry a great range of fruit and veg, gourmet deli goods, ethnic specialty foods, dried fruit, cakes and pastries, gelato, donuts and bread, meat and seafood, gourmet sausages, as well as food suitable for either breakfast or lunch.

This market is popular with old and young alike, with many people buying breakfast to be enjoyed on seating under the shade of several Poinciana trees.

Sanctuary Markets

The Village Green, Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, Currumbin | Every Friday 4:00pm – 9:00pm.

Every Friday night the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary Village Green is filled with street food from Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, South Africa, Chile, Turkey and Venezuala.

Fresh fruit and veg and Australian Seafood are for sale in the spacious car park, arts and crafts stalls are housed inside, along with a bar stocking local craft beers from Burleigh Brewing and wines from Sirromet.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise | Every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday night 4pm – 9pm

During late afternoon and early evening, The Esplanade along the beach becomes a hive of activity when a hundred or so colourful stalls set up for the Beachfront Markets.

The wares on sale are fairly touristy, carrying goods such as jewellery, home wares, fashion, beauty products and Gold Coast oriented tourist wares.

While some of the goods are made elsewhere, the emphasis is on locally made or produced.

The Village Markets (TVM)

Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads | 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, 8:30am – 1pm

At The Village Markets there’s a surprise around every corner.

On our last visit to TVM Burleigh there was an abundance of food trucks and stalls – tons to eat and lots of handmade creative goodies for sale from up-and-coming designers. With the market’s emphasis on creative/artistic, you can pick up a special handmade gift or piece of clothing here that has not been seen elsewhere on the coast.

NOTE: With new markets opening, there can be changes to market details. Please check individual market social media pages to check their hours and locations.

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