You’ll catch local mum and children’s fashion brand owner Sarah Van Vliet selling her coastal-inspired bohemian pieces of label Dusty Child every second weekend at The Village Markets. Though she’s passionate about supporting independent, local brands, she’s also rather partial to a shopping day at the mall, with her little ones in tow. Check out Sarah’s top shopping spots on the Gold Coast.
JAMES STREET, BURLEIGH
Burleigh Heads may hang its hat on its epic surfing culture, but its strip of boutique shopping also draws quite a crowd – support ‘home-grown’ and wander charming beachside boutiques that carry the latest threads, artisan home wares and accessories from a bevvy of artistic local designers.
THE KITCHENS, ROBINA TOWN CENTRE
Celebrated as the Gold Coast’s newest foodie playground, The Kitchens dishes up over 30 fresh food retailers, cafes, restaurants and bars under the one roof – so whether you’ve a hankering for something exotic, five-star, or homespun, or just want to stock up on a few gourmet goodies for the pantry, this suburban marketplace will have you salivating from the moment you step inside.
Southport – or SoPo as the locals have coined it – lays claim to its very own slice of retail heaven, otherwise known as Brickworks. Browse high-end fashion boutiques alongside lust-worthy art pieces and home wares, before making a pit stop at the famous Ferry Road Market for a green juice, baked goods, or freshly caught seafood to take home.
Shopping served with a side of ocean views?! Yes please! Cooly’s favourite retail destination The Strand is your one-stop-shop for surfwear, streetwear, beachwear… you get the gist! Pop into the ‘Boardroom’ to browse over 500 surf boards, enjoy a post-surf bite to eat at Café 28, or simply stock up on some sunscreen and beach essentials before taking a dip across the road at Kirra, Cooly, Greenmount or Rainbow Beach.
HIDE & SEEK CHILDREN’S MARKET
A new addition to the Coast’s thriving weekend market scene, Hide & Seek Children’s Market showcases a beautifully curated selection of one-of-a-kind creations for the little ones, hand-crafted by talented local artists and designers – so grab a coffee to go and chat to the friendly stallholders who call this seaside town home.
THE VILLAGE MARKETS
Feel-good bohemian vibes sprinkled with creativity, coastal charm, and live tunes, The Village Markets are a fortnightly affair where locally designed threads, handmade décor items, unique knick-knacks and scrumptious street eats are all on show.
Taking the luxury shopping experience to the next level, fashionistas will be fan-girling over Pacific Fair’s offering of high end, high street and Australian designer digs, accompanied with lust-worthy department stores and sophisticated dining venues.
ROBINA TOWN CENTRE
A shopping smorgasbord of department stores, specialty shops and international fashion and lifestyle brands – Robina Town Centre is a stellar suburban-based retail hub where locals come to relax, indulge and shop up a storm.
Hit the palm tree-lined pavement at Harbour Town for a stint of guilt-free shopping – wander through hundreds of international and Australian designer outlet stores, and be sure to nab some super savings on the way. With up to 70% off big name brands, bargain hunting never looked this easy!
A world away from the hustle and bustle of a conventional mall – Marina Mirage is an idyllically intimate shopping destination serving up a smattering of luxury designer boutiques, elegant waterfront dining venues and lifestyle stores, set beside the sparkling Gold Coast Broadwater.