When it comes to shopping fresh, nothing beats Gold Coast markets. And here on the Gold Coast we have an array of artisan-inspired marketplaces sprinkled all over the suburbs, dotted beside our beaches and nestled in our valleys. Whether you’re fossicking for one of a kind fashion, wanting to fill your bags with fresh produce or fancy a delicious feed with a soundtrack of live tunes, read on, because we’ve got your Gold Coast market haul sorted.
THE VILLAGE MARKETS
You’ll find new local labels just starting out alongside firm favourites rubbing shoulders in The Village Markets wardrobe where preloved, vintage and brand new all have a place. Shop for clothing, homewares, jewellery, plants and art while feasting from food trucks, listening to live music and chilling beside locals while the kids play on the grass as parents chat over fresh juice and seriously good coffee.
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh
When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 8.30am-1pm
HOTA FARMERS & ARTISAN MARKETS
Meet the local farm folk, growers and producers at HOTA Farmers & Artisan Markets. Load up the hamper with organic fruit and vegetables, indulge in goodies that are baked, smoked, cured and crafted with a paddock-to-plate philosophy in mind, and don’t forget to pack the picnic rug to bask in the sunshine while sampling your finds. You can opt to start with breakfast, stay for brunch and add a side of art appreciation at the new HOTA gallery – open from 10am to 5pm on market day too.
Where: HOTA – Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall
When: Every Sunday morning from 6am-11.30am
BURLEIGH FARMERS MARKET
Burleigh Farmers Market is a mecca when it comes to sourcing farm-fresh food in a buzzing beachside atmosphere. The community of local foodies start early at 7am at the barista followed by breakfast from one of the internationally-inspired food trucks. Afterwards, take a wander through the stalls for fresh fruit and in-season vegetables, plus a pick of preserves, local honey, home-honed beauty products, flowers and hand made homewares. A couple of suburbs south, the Palm Beach Farmers Markets are held at Palm Beach Currumbin Highschool on Saturdays and bring a bounty of fresh, delicious, local produce and tasty treats to start the weekend off right.
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
When: Every Saturday from 7am – rail, hail or shine
DESERT DIGS VINTAGE MARKET
Want to know which Gold Coast markets boast the best vintage finds? Mo’s Desert Clubhouse hosts the ultimate Desert Digs Vintage Markets – an old-fashioned rummage style sale with stallholders selling pre-loved, vintage and up-cycled fashion that you won’t find anywhere else. Join the fashionable fray who socialise over nibbles and perhaps a tipple in groovy surrounds while searching for the perfect one-of-a-kind fashion find.
Where: 6/36 Central Drive Burleigh Heads
When: Bi-monthly – check their Instagram for upcoming dates
SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS
An iconic Gold Coast experience, Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets has been serving up twilight vibes by the sea for over a quarter of a decade. More than a hundred stalls festooned with fairy lights line the iconic Surfers Paradise Esplanade, creating a fiesta like ambience for locals and tourists alike to forage for fashion, food, art, craft and souvenirs while listening to live local music.
Where: Surfers Paradise Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
When: Friday and Saturday 4pm-9pm
HELENSVALE FARMERS MARKET
A weekend favourite for the northern Gold Coast locals is Helensvale Farmers Market. Start your weekend off on a fresh foot by getting here early for a hearty home-cooked breakfast alongside steaming barista coffee and live local sounds. Pick your way through fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, health food and fashion curated and crafted by passionate local artisans, micro-manufacturers and growers.
Where: Helensvale State High School, 243 Discovery Drive, Helensvale
When: Saturday 6am-11am
GOLD COAST ART & CRAFT MARKETS
With more than 150 stalls filled with fashion, food, plants, flowers, homewares, beauty products and craft, the Sunday beachside Art & Craft Markets are a Gold Coast institution appearing for over 20 years in some of the Coast’s most popular beachside spots. Combine your morning wandering the markets with a swim between the flags or a surf at the beach afterwards for a perfect fix of ‘easy like a Sunday morning’, Gold Coast style.
Queensland’s largest permanent market, Carrara Markets is packed with more than 400 indoor and outdoor stalls spanning hectares to shop. A treasure trove with new and second-hand goods, fashion, food, pots, plants, homewares, art, books, toys, collectables and fresh local produce, this place has it all. When you need a break from all that shopping, hit the cafés for big breakfasts, designer donuts and a caffeine fix. And for the kids, a round of mini golf, a pony ride, jump on a bungee trampoline or a frolic with fairies while getting their faces painted.
Where: Gooding Drive, Carrara
When: Saturday and Sunday 7am-3pm
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