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Best markets on the Gold Coast

Marj Osborne

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: Off Marine Parade, Coolangatta | 2nd Sunday of every month, 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 CrêParis’ crêpes.

What really catches the eye are a couple of photography stalls, run by leading photographers; Peter Bate, who documents his travels through France and Italy and Peter Stagg, whose ‘beach portrait’ stall has been a stayer since this market first opened 20 years ago.

“The market is my shopfront,” Peter tells us. “My photo journalistic style is best suited to photographing people, and I love photographing on the beach.”

Bundall Farmers’ Markets

Gold Coast Arts Centre, Bundall  | Every Sunday, 6am-11am in summer; 7am – 12noon in winter.

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

Stalls are brimming with vegetables and fruit straight from growers, fresh meat and fish, specialty foods, olives, cakes and slices, baked goods and bread, smallgoods, dips and biscuits, jams and pickles, and other gourmet delights as well as a few organic beauty products.

Now held at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, there is plenty of parking close by, and extra seating on the Arts Centre portico. It’s trolley heaven, with a mixed clientele of shoppers, from young families to retired couples.

Burleigh Farmers Markets

Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads | Every Saturday, 7am-12 noon.

Besides fruit and veg, Burleigh Heads Farmers’ 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, collectibles 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 – 4pm.

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. Apart from a fair range of vegies (some of the cheapest on the coast), there are providores (such as Carrara Spices, Backa Smallgoods and Taswegian Deli) and great little foodie destinations – ChurroCafe, Idospices, and the very popular Silo Café.

Chinatown Street Markets

Young and Davenport Streets, Southport | Every second month (Mar-Nov), 4pm – 8pm.

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.

In 2016, more than 30,000 people visited the Chinatown Street Markets to sample the flavours, colour and ambience of the Orient.

Cuisine on the Green

Surfers Paradise Golf Club, 1 Fairways Drive, Clear Island Waters | Every Saturday 5pm – 10pm (Winter recess June – September)

The market features world cuisine, with around 30 international street food vendors selling dishes from their country of origin.

From Southern street food to Japanese and Spanish to Brazilian BBQ, you can enjoy a global feast, with the golf club’s bar open for drinks to accompany your meal.

Entry is free and live music adds ambience to the dining experience. There’s plenty of parking at the venue and around neighbouring streets.

Emerald Lakes Gourmet Food and Craft 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 Gourmet Food and Craft 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

Coolangatta State School, Cnr Miles & Staypleton Street, Coolangatta | 3rd Saturday of every month, 9am – 2pm + pop up events.

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.

Helensvale Farmers Markets

Helensvale State High School, Helensvale Road, Helensvale | Every Saturday, 6am -11.30am.

There’s a fair range of produce and some top notch stalls:

  • Kubil’s Coffee, Kransky Bros.
  • The Sandwich Bros.
  • Tender Calamari
  • The Hungry Hungarian and Gozleme

But we find other treats as well:

  • Frangipane Bakery & Patisserie (whose pies have won a bronze medal in a national competition; also look for their Lemon tart, Dutch apple tart and the original Nimbin Aquarius Bread that fed the nation’s hippies for years)
  • Primavera Foods (a Gold Coast company specialising in traditional Chilean and Argentinian foods, such as chimichurri and alfajor, shortbread with a caramel filling)
  • Brasserie Bread, a local baker

The Social Markets

9 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach | 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month, 4pm – 9pm.

The Social Markets is a small market aimed at local residents. It offers fresh bread, seafood, meats and smallgoods, vegies and cakes, plants and homewares, as well as some craft. There is free barefood bowls, live music, a beer garden, food trucks and kids activities.

ITAVA Markets (Nerang)

Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Nerang | Every Sunday, 10am – 4pm.

The name of these markets may seem random until you realise that it’s an acronym for ‘It takes a village approach’. It’s a name which fits perfectly with these community-minded markets.

Since the Gold Coast City Council bought Country Paradise, the beautiful parklands has become home to nine community groups, including men’s and women’s ‘sheds’, Nerang Community Gardens, and OzHarvest.

There’s a lovely feel to these markets, run for the GCCC by Nerang Country Paradise Association.

Verandas and several huge Moreton Bay figs provide shade for the food stalls serving woodfired pizza, pulled pork rolls, Thai curries, BBQ and coffee.

There’s a portable stage set up and a bar serving drinks at close to cost ($2.50 for wine and $3 for beer). While this market is still small, its picturesque location gives it incredible potential for growth.

Marina Mirage Farmers Markets

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

Situated in the Marina Mirage courtyard, these markets are 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, dairy and fish – 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 and food intolerance foods, everyday produce, bread, pantry and freezer items. It’s also 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 – 10pm & Saturday 4pm – 10pm.

There’s a real family feel happening in this now twice-weekly Street Food Market (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.

Mudgeeraba Sunset Markets

Swan Lane, Mudgeeraba. Every Friday 5pm-8pm.

Mudgeeraba has a real village feel. It’s small enough to band together, yet large enough to enjoy some great facilities. The Mudgeeraba Markets is held inside the local shopping centre every Friday night. Already a welcoming, plant clad space, the courtyard comes alive when local growers sell their produce to the public.

Food includes paella, French food, Indian curry, wood-fired pizza, hot dogs, waffles on a stick and cakes.

“The tomatoes sold here have never seen the inside of a cool room. They taste so sweet you’d believe you were eating sweets,” Lesley, one of the market managers, tells us.

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.

Cinde, one of the market organisers says, “When you’re looking for a tiny hand-sewn smock or a handmade stuffed toy that you can’t find in a shop, these boutique markets are the perfect place to come to buy a chic, unique gift.”

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.

Nerang Produce & Craft Markets

Lavelle Street, Nerang | Sunday 7am – 12 noon every Sunday.

The Nerang Markets in Lavelle Street is a local favourite.

It is a mixed market with lots of fruit and vegetable sellers (some of whom are farmers) and some specialty stalls with retailers selling seafood, meat, jams, cakes and breads, nuts and olives.

There’s a fair sprinkling of organic produce, however it’s not the main focus of the markets. There’s also a small range of handicrafts and clothing available.

NightQuarter Markets

1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale | Every Friday & Saturday night 4pm – 10 pm

NightQuarter, the city’s new culture and entertainment precinct is located on an empty block adjacent to the Helensvale Train Station.

NightQuarter brings the Gold Coast its own ‘Eat Street’, music venue and night market shopping area all in one. With plenty of parking nearby and the light rail G:link Stage 2 approved to extend to Helensvale, NightQuarter is perfectly placed.

Ashton Ward, Director of Coffee at the funky steampunk stall Earth & Steam Coffee Co., sums up many vendors’ attitude: “This market is an exceptional opportunity for vendors, providing us with a flagship to get our business off the ground.”

The Oxley sisters from MOX Kids, whose kids’ clothing is made by either themselves or close friends, told us why NightQuarter is so special: “It’s great because it’s so diverse. We love this market because it is a mix of food, fashion and flowers.”

For the Gold Coast public, NightQuarter is a food, arts and entertainment precinct squarely aimed at the whole family.

Palm Beach Ave Popup Markets

69 Palm Ave., Palm Beach | 3rd Saturday of the month, 7am – 12 noon.

At first glance these markets, held in the Anglican Church Car Park, look as much like a jumble sale as anything.

But look closer and you’ll find some bargains: a few vintage pieces (at non-vintage prices), secondhand books, home baked goodies and a couple of stalls of gorgeous plants.

Palm Beach Farmers Markets

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach | Every Saturday 6am – 11am (Summer); 6am – 12 noon (Winter).

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, India, Italy, Turkey and Greece.

Fresh fruit and vegies 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.

The market has enjoyed a strong following since opening.

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, 8am -1pm.

Paradise Point Park, Cnr. The Esplanade & Ephraim Island Parade, Paradise Point | 4th Sunday of each month, 8am – 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.

Upper Coomera Zero 2 Five Markets

Upper Coomera State College, 137 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera | Held bi-monthly. 

These indoor markets are popular with mothers’ groups as the majority of the stalls are dedicated to preloved items for children aged from infants to preschoolers. There is a $3 cover charge but admission is free for kids.

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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