The 9 best Gold Coast markets to check out this weekend
With weekends as bright and sunny as they have been of late, why would you want to spend your time inside a shopping mall when you could be getting your retail therapy fix at the beach or in a park?
Dotted all along the Gold Coast you’ll find market after market going all out to bring you the best in local produce and creative knick-knacks. From mouth-watering street food and organic produce to vintage clothes and arts and crafts, there’s something for everyone to munch on and lust over at these 9 Gold Coast markets.
PS. All have free entry! (Meaning more money to spend on market goodies, right?)
Instead of feeding rainbow lorikeets and kangaroos at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, feed yourself at their Sanctuary Markets held every Friday night in the Village Green!
Don’t let the size fool you because these market’s are packin’ some serious foodie junk in their trunk. Take your time doing the solid square lap before (finally) deciding on a tasty multicultural dish or two – Balinese kaffir lime and chilli chicken, cheese Kransky with a side of German sauerkraut or Brazilian tapioca anyone?
Someone wise once said that dessert doesn’t go to the stomach, it goes to the heart (okay that was found on a meme, but hey, they aren’t wrong). So don’t feel guilty if you just can’t stop at one tasty treat, because we couldn’t go past a cup of Mr Mooberry’s fresh strawberries with real fruit ice-cream, a sliver of red velvet cake from Little Sprinkles Bakery and some take-home baklava just like Yaya would make from ilias the Greek.
The food hangover was worth it.
Where: The Village Green, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
When: Every Friday from 4pm-9pm
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
A night at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets is kind of like any other night you would expect at this iconic destination on the Gold Coast: by the end of it you find yourself strapped for cash having spent more mula than you were planning to because you got ‘caught up’ in the moment.
You won’t know which way to look with both sides of the Esplanade lined with quirky stalls as far as the eye can see, and then some. Prepare yourself to be intrigued (who would have thought you could make a purse out of a cane toad) and surprised (why is there a snake at the beach?!) by what’s on offer!
Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 4pm-9pm
Burleigh Farmers Markets
Start your weekend right with a trip to the Burleigh Heads Farmers Markets on Saturday morning!
When you first walk in it’s easy to get distracted by the local talent showcasing their goods, but past the handmade jewellery, collectable vintage homewares and tribal baskets – perfect, and strategically placed, if you forgot your own market bag that day – you will find your week’s worth of fresh fruit and veg, beautiful blooms (rainbow roses are selling hot for $5.95 a
pop stem), and an overwhelming selection of treats for your brekkie or brunch.
Alternatively, pick up some fresh bread, cheese and dips – thrown in with a couple of sneaky sweets from Bella Italian Patisserie – and have yourself a beach picnic to enjoy across the road. Saturday = sorted.
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads
When: Every Saturday from 7am-12pm
Step into the wonderful world that is the Carrara Markets and get ready to have a completely different definition of markets by the time you’re done.
The largest permanent weekend markets in Queensland have a mixed feel that’s part market warehouse and part regional show (don’t worry, you won’t find any scary clowns here, just a giant banana for you to take a happy snap with) and one of the most wonderfully odd selection of stalls we’ve ever come across.
Think of the most random thing you could find – ever – and chances are you will probably find it here. There are shelves stacked with classic toy collections (not to mention one entire stall dedicated to WWE figurines), cross stitch patterns your grandma would go nuts over, old-school music memorabilia and more; thrown in with your classic market essentials like fruit and veg, pots and plants, and yummy food.
With over 500+ stalls covering 10 acres to explore, it’s best to clear your day just in case you get caught up in this GC treasure trove.
Where: Corner Gooding Drive & Manchester Road, Carrara
When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 7am-3pm
Miami Marketta Street Food Markets
It’s easy to mistake The Miami Marketta Street Food night markets for a hip European laneway bar with it’s buzzing atmosphere, flamenco music and funky open-air decor. But alas, you are in fact smack bang in the middle of the suburbs at the ultimate foodie’s heaven on the Gold Coast.
When you first arrive, kick it straight to the back of the market where you’ll find stalls of street food from around the world: whet your appetite with a Sicilian meatball panini, Venezuelan mix plate, chimichanga or yakisoba stir-fried noodle dish.
After scoffing down the savoury head to the dessert hall for round two. Treat yo’self to a lamington on steroids from Reid Street Kitchen and berry cup topped with melted chocolate, whipped cream and nut complete with a chocolate spoon from Wicked Rock. If you feel like just a slight nibble on something sweet, try a pina colada macaroon from The Whoopie Lady or sweet ricotta cannoli from Sweelicious.
By now it’s time for (liquid) round three. Grab yourself a fruity cocktail and let the night roll on from the flamingo room, if you can nab a spot.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
When: Every Friday from 5pm-11pm and Saturday from 4pm-11pm
The Village Markets
After walking into the backend of Burleigh Heads State School and catching that first colourful glimpse of stall after stall of creative goodness, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice. From funky threads for little and big market goers, to vintage treasures and tropical homewares, there’s something for everyone (not just the hipsters and trendsetters) at The Village Markets.
Make sure you’ve got some cash handy because it will be hard to walk away from the cutest mini gelato plant hangers you ever did see from Vessel and Vine, canvas prints from the Insta-famous Seagypsy photographer Pip Harwood, and the glorious pre-loved clothing rummage down the back* (ladies, you could spend ALL morning here. You’ve been warned).
So grab your pooch, pick up a cacao bowl from the Smooth Juice caravan, and make the most of your morning at one of the hippest markets on the GC.
*Pre-loved ‘Rack Sale’ is held only on the 1st Sunday at Burleigh Heads State School
Where: Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads
When: TVM Burleigh Heads from 8:30am-1pm
Gold Coast Art and Craft Markets
When you think of arts and crafts it’s pretty standard to picture knitted treasures from your grandma or papier-mâché balloons. But what you’ll find at the Gold Coast Art and Craft Markets held at Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta are the most unique and original gifts and souvenirs guaranteed to warm your heart.
From the sweetest ornamental ceramics handmade by Shirley and quirky jewellery designed from antique silver cutlery by Bob the Spoon Bender, to goblets and steins crafted from recycled bottles; it’s hard not to be impressed by the creativity and imagination at work by the lovely folk showcasing their goodies here!
Where: Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach; The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads; and in the park off Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at Broadbeach from 8am-2pm; Every last Sunday of the month at Burleigh Heads from 8am-2pm; and every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at Coolangatta from 8am-2pm
Gold Coast Organic Farmers Markets
In rain, hail or shine you can ALWAYS rely on the Gold Coast Organic Farmers Markets in Miami for your dose of certified organic fruit and veg straight from the farm (and a delicious brekkie and hot coffee to wake you up).
It’s not just the produce that’s organic at this market. From cosmetics and skin care to clothing and cleaning products, there are so many quality products that are actually good for you ready and waiting to be taken home week-to-week, including delicious raw snacks, fresh salad mixes and homemade jams, sauces and dips.
Where: Miami State High School, Miami
When: Every Sunday from 6am-11:30am
Chinatown Street Markets
Once a month Chinatown transforms the streets of Southport for a spectacular cultural feast packed with street food and live entertainment.
Taste your way through Asia starting with the perfect Aussie-Japanese combo, karaage crocodile. It’s oishii, mate.
Once you’ve had your fix of dumplings and curries, work off the street food binge by getting skilled up in the Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations or browsing the eclectic mix of stalls selling traditional and modern merchandise. Or just take a seat and let the roaming lion and Indonesian mask dancing unfold around you.
Where: Gold Coast Chinatown, Young and Davenport Streets, Southport
When: First Saturday of every month 4pm-8pm