Where to find the best markets on the GC
Nothing beats a stroll around the markets and luckily, the Gold Coast has plenty of them, all offering different things.
From beachfront arts and crafts to foodie havens with live music that make date night look most impressive. The Gold Coast really has come of age in the market space.
We checked out a few of our favourites and why you need to add them to your market hit list.
THE VILLAGE MARKETS
Where: Burleigh Heads State School
When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
Time: 8.30am to 1pm
Since its founding in 2008, The Village Markets has become a local favourite; even being named the ‘Gold Coast’s Best Market in 2015’ according to the Bulletin. It has everything from men and women’s fashion, to vintage clothing, high quality pop-up shops and handcrafted furniture – all created by the Coast’s best emerging designers. If you’re searching for that special ‘one-off’ you’ll most likely find it here!
SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS
Where: The Esplanade Surfers Paradise
When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night
Time: 4pm to 9pm
These markets are the largest on the Coast, in arguably the most idyllic location. Set along the stunning Surfers Paradise shoreline, pictures of this stretch of sand are seen around the world. It’s a great place for an evening stroll or someone searching for take-home souvenirs.
BUNDALL FARMERS’ MARKET
Where: The Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
When: Every Sunday
Time: 6am to 11.30am
Bright and early every Sunday, Gold Coasters grab their fresh food basket and head to the Arts Centre. With everything from locally produced fruit and vegetables, to meats, seafood, homemade breads and coffee – it’s the perfect recipe for a relaxed Sunday morning.
MARINA MIRAGE FARMERS MARKETS
Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
When: Every Saturday undercover
Time: 7am to 11am
Not as large as some other Farmers Markets on the Coast, the Marina Mirage Markets still offer locals and visitors the opportunity to pick up some locally-produced goods. It’s also a great excuse to catch up with friends and indulge in breakfast at the centre afterwards.
CHINATOWN STREET MARKETS
Where: Young and Davenport Streets, Southport
When: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 4pm – 10pm
Only new to Southport, the Chinatown Street Markets are great for those living on the northern-end of the Coast. It can best described as an, ‘international food festival with a local flavour’ providing cultural displays and local entertainment. Each month it continues to grow as more people discover it!
Where: Gooding Drive, Carrara
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 7am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)
For more than 30-years, the Cararra Markets have been a permanent fixture within the Gold Coast shopping scene. With more than 400 stalls, kids entertainment and shows it’s a full-family day out.
Where: The Village Green, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
When: Every Friday night
Time: 4pm to 9pm
This is one for the whole family! With a strong focus on local and international foods, families love the Sanctuary Markets for its setting amongst some of the Coast’s cutest and craziest creatures. Boasting the best in local entertainment, it’s a fun Friday night for all.
MARKETTA STREET FOOD
Where: Rabbit + Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
When: Every Saturday night
Time: 4pm to 10pm
You could be mistaken for thinking you were in the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or even New York City at the ultra-hip Marketta Street Food; as local food-stores serve up a mix of international cuisines. Despite the multi-cultural flavour, there’s a real local flair – with locally brewed beer, produce and entertainment. In fact, this night-market has become so popular that it’s gone from a ‘weekend-treat’ to a ‘mid-week meet’ – opening both Friday and Saturday nights, as well as on Wednesday for tapas.
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