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Best night markets on the Gold Coast

Emily Toxward | December 2020

Phenomenal fare and drool-worthy desserts aren’t the only delights luring locals and visitors to the Gold Coast’s burgeoning night market scene.

These twilight gatherings reflect the city’s unique and contemporary vibe by serving up a culturally-diverse atmosphere that’s buzzing with live music and free entertainment.

These hugely popular alfresco gatherings are fast becoming the venues of choice for families wanting a night out with friends all while listening to great music, tantalising their taste buds and exposing their kids to the Gold Coast’s growing creative culture.

And with the Gold Coast’s enviable climate making it possible to be outdoors year-round, night markets are the perfect way to celebrate with loved ones this festive season.

Six of the best night markets on the Gold Coast

Miami Marketta 

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights

Three nights a week, Miami Marketta comes alive with a laneway dining experience with vendors of all nationalities all in one insta-worthy space. Throw in an electric family-friendly vibe, live music, multiple cocktail bars, a dessert hall and fashion stalls and you’re looking at the perfect night out. Just 10 minutes from Broadbeach and 5 minutes from Burleigh, this venue attracts people of all ages and stages, especially mums and dads looking for a night out at a venue where children are welcome.

Event manager Kath Gourley says Miami Marketta appeals to people of all ages and in addition to being a night market, it was an arts precinct and a live music venue where ‘the young crew’ can see their favourite bands. “Older crew can get their foodie on and enjoy fare from all around the world and sip and enjoy a world class gin in our Gin Parlour,” she says.

Sanctuary Markets

Fridays

Prominently placed next to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the southern end of the Gold Coast, this free market pops up on a Friday afternoon and offers 28 different types of fare and sprinkling of craft stalls. Plenty of free off-street parking until 9pm, live music and undercover eating areas ensures a stress-free night out under the stars.

Run by veteran market conveners Terri and Kerry Askew, the Sanctuary Markets are also a drawcard for international tourists with many beach resorts using it in their marketing material. Mr Askew says the fully-licensed venue serves up Burleigh beers, Sirromet wines and a variety of international foods such as Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Brazilian, Turkish, Venezuelan, South African and Chilean. It also features a fresh produce market specialising in Asian greens and Australian Seafood.

BBQ Bazaar Burleigh

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights

A unique offering smack bang in the middle of a Burleigh Heads industrial estate, BBQ Bazaar is a night market dedicated to barbecued, smoked, and charcoal-cooked eats. Featuring around 20 market stalls, BBQ Bazaar specialises in everything from smokey short ribs, spicy wings, juicy steaks and mouth-watering brisket. Vegos can surprisingly rejoice too – with meat-free options scattered across the market in the form of poke bowls, baos, and burgers.

With a focus on music that people can relate to, as well as original sounds to help support the local live music scene, BBQ Bazaar will get you rockin’ in your seat from Friday to Sunday. Formerly a heavy machinery workshop, the venue is a foodie’s paradise that offers free and ticketed events.

The Emerald Lakes Twilight Market

Thursdays

Showcasing fine food inspired by tastes from across the globe, these markets operate on The Boulevard of the Emerald Lakes complex, behind Emmanuel College in Birmingham Road. As well as selling fresh local product and boutique arts and crafts, this market is fast becoming ‘the’ place for locals to meet on a Thursday to enjoy the live entertainment and international cuisine.
Originally more of a farmer’s market, the Emerald Lakes Twilight Market has grown to become a complete alfresco gourmet shopping experience with an international ambience. Homemade crafts as well as Australian and New Zealand seafood, grain feed and hormone-free meats and free-range eggs are on offer. Each week new stalls offering homemade goodies and crafts are opening up.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Friday and Saturday

Voted as the 2019 Best of Queensland Experiences by Tourism & Events Queensland, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets have been providing a unique shopping and cultural experience since 1995. The twilight markets located on the Esplanade at the end of Cavill Mall operate all year round.

Take in the gentle ocean breeze as you walk along the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct. Discover over 100 market stalls and witness local talented artisans-at-work, or take part in many of the attractions. Get your hands on homemade desserts, hand-made fashion and accessories or even personalised treasures. Whether you’re a local or holiday-maker, there is something for everyone at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets.

On Saturday 12 December, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets will be transformed into a Christmas playground for all ages, between the hours of 4.00pm and 9.00pm. Think artisan handmade gifts, sparkling Christmas cheer and decorations, live entertainment, kids activities, and of course a visit from Santa Claus himself. Catch the tram and bring the fam, you won’t want to miss this.

Mo’s Desert Clubhouse Xmas Spread

Saturday 20 December

Mo’s is back this year with their annual XMAS SPREAD, featuring a vintage fashion rummage market, matched with live music from Stingin’ Rogers, Sweetlipp and newcomers Bonez.  Add to that DJ decks outside, a food truck and you have a solid Sunday. Entry is just $5. There’s limited capacity, so register now.

Looking for something fabulous to do on the Gold Coast? Check out our Events page to find a festival, market or show happening near you!

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