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9 Gold Coast markets where you can eat, shop and support local

Dominica Czaczka | June 2020

Nothing screams weekend like waking up early to head to the local markets with a steaming hot coffee in hand.

As restrictions ease, Gold Coast markets are slowly reopening their doors, with makers and growers eager to welcome back locals to their midst. Whether you’re shopping for artisan sourdough bread, a stash of avocados or a handcrafted candle, there’s no shortage of markets to check out on the Gold Coast. We’ve rounded up nine markets from across the city that have recently reopened for you to enjoy.

Lavelle Street Markets
Corner of Lavelle Street and Nerang Street, Nerang
When: Sunday, 6.30am – 12pm

Market fresh produce at half the price is what you’ll find at the Lavelle Streets Markets. Offering an authentic market experience, the wide range of stalls offer a variety of products at prices you can’t compare. Pick up fresh seafood and meat cuts, locally harvested honey and roasted coffee, dried fruit and nuts as well as a huge selection of fruit and veg.

Bundall Farmers’ Market
135 Bundall Road, Bundall
When: Sunday, 6am – 11.30am

The Bundall Farmers’ Markets have returned to takeover HOTA cultural precinct, after a temporary Covid-19 hiatus. Fill your pantry with an assortment of fresh fruit and veg, honey, artisan cheeses and spreads. Once you’ve sorted your weekly shop, pick up a tasty treat from one of the many food vendors and pull up a spot lakeside to enjoy.

Markets in the Meadow
Aquis Park at Racecourse Road, Bundall
When: Sunday, 6am – 11.30am

Not ready to go home yet after checking out the Bundall Famers’ Markets? New kid on the block Markets in the Meadow has popped up a few streets over at the Gold Coast Turf Club. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere and peruse everything from fresh flowers, local seafood, jams, herbs and plants.

The Village Markets
Burleigh State School, Burleigh Heads
When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 8.30am – 1pm

When the pandemic forced The Village Markets to pack up their stalls, the creative hub quickly adapted and took their designers, artists and makers online via TVM Insta Markets. The digital concept allowed the markets to continue to provide a platform for creative small businesses to promote their brands and sell their wares. After a two-month lockdown, the markets are finally back in Burleigh so make sure to swing by for your fix of up-and-coming labels, curated homewares and good vibes all round.

The Sanctuary Markets
28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin
When: Every Friday, 3.30pm – 7pm

Start you weekend off early with a trip to the Sanctuary Markets at the village green of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Make a beeline for the international food stall holders and munch on everything from woodfired pizzas, Turkish gozleme to Hungarian langos. The markets are operating as a takeaway food outlet for the time being, while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
When: Friday & Saturday, 4pm – 9pm

An institution on the markets scene, Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets has clocked up nearly a quarter of a century on the books and we’re excited to see them reopen. With over 100 stalls lining the esplanade, you’ll have plenty of options to browse from as you trail along the iconic Surfers Paradise coastline.

Helensvale Farmers Market
Helensvale State High School, Helensvale
When: Saturday, 6am – 11am

You don’t have to head south to enjoy a morning at the markets! Every Saturday, Helensvale locals emerge at the local farmers markets to stock up on fresh produce for the week ahead. Find everything from seasonal fruit and veg, freshly baked breads and treats, homemade pies and chutneys to natural soaps and soy candles.

Mudgeeraba Country Market
Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, Mudgeeraba
When: 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 7am – 12pm

You’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back to simpler times when you visit the Mudgeeraba Country Market. The community-minded mentality truly shines through here, with organisers creating a neighbourhood hub to support local growers and makers. Fill your basket with produce from family-run farm stalls, stock up on firewood and sink your teeth into some freshly made cakes.

Marina Mirage Markets
74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
When: Saturday, 7am – 12pm

Fancy sipping on fresh juice and nibbling on flaky croissants as you browse market stalls? The Marina Mirage Markets are a treat for your tastebuds, dishing up everything from fresh baked goods, gourmet delicacies and deli goods to farm fresh fruit and veg.

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