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Ten Must-Visit Gold Coast Markets
In case you didn't know, the Gold Coast has some seriously cool markets. Whether you're after a cool gift for your sister, a cute trinket for your house or you're just down for the food, our markets have something for absolutely everyone. With the days warming up and the sun shining again, there's no better time to grab the gals and head out to one of the Coast's many markets - And what better way to wind down after a hard week than with some retail therapy?
Miami Marketta | 23 Hillcrest Parade Miami
If you haven't been to these Markets yet you're seriously missing out. One of the most iconic markets on the Gold Coast, Miami Marketta is the home of some of the Gold Coast's best creative brands, filling their studios with boutique pieces for you to enjoy. Wander amongst the stalls and watch artists at work or sit down in the main hall and indulge in food from all over the world. Bringing in some of the best local Food Trucks including The Italian Job, Good Food Catering Co, Brisket Boss and Gelato Bar (for all the sweet tooth's out there), Miami Marketta has something for even the pickiest eaters... So you can sit back, relax and enjoy!
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets | Surfers Paradise Beachfront
Is there any way better to spend your Friday night than down at beach-side markets hunting for treasures? We didn't think so. Running since 1955, Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets have become a serious local icon, attracting locals and tourists with the live music and incredible selection of products from over one hundred different stall holders. Watch the local artisans at work or take your pick from a huge selection of homewares, photographs, clothing, jewelry and beauty products, or simply wander along the shoreline and take in the atmosphere with friends.
The Village Markets | Burleigh Heads State School
If you want to immerse yourself in creativity, The Village Markets is the place to be. A collaboration of local designers, musicians, artists and creatives, The Village Markets (lovingly known as 'TVM') is full of re-loved pieces, unique homewares and vintage treasures, with dozens of stalls packed full of treasures waiting to be discovered. Wander amongst the stalls or grab a blanket and enjoy the atmosphere and live music, then finish the day off with a bite to eat from one of the many Food Trucks. Full of up-and-coming musicians, designers and fashion labels, TVM is the place to go for all things creative - And you might even discover the next big fashion label!
Carrara Markets | Cnr Gooding Drive & Manchester Road Carrara
Seriously - You haven't been to the markets until you've been to Carrara Markets. The biggest markets in Australia (yes, on our own Coast!), Carrara Markets has literally everything you could ever want, packed full of more trinkets, clothing and homewares than your Grandmother's house! Boasting over 350 stalls and covering 24 acres, you'll find everything from fashion, beauty, homewares, trinkets, gardening supplies and fresh produce, as well as baby animals and bungy trampolines to keep people of all ages entertained! If you somehow run out of things to buy (which isn't likely), Carrara Markets has also just introduced their very own Carrara Mini Golf - So you'll never run out of things to do!
Art & Craft Markets | Broadbeach, Burleigh & Coolangatta Beachfront
If you're looking for the next art piece for your home, the Art & Craft Markets are the place to go. Rotating between Kurrawa Park, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta Beach, the Coast's famous Art & Craft Markets are full of unique and colourful pieces, with over 150 stalls showcasing delicious food and gorgeous Australian-made pieces. Take a walk along the beach then wander back through the markets, enjoying the sounds of live music and locally-made treasures, before following the scent of food all the way to the end. The markets run until 2pm, but why not bring a beach towel down and shop before spending the rest of the day at the Beach?
NightQuarter | Westfield Helensvale
Hidden among shipping containers and under fairy lights, NightQuarter isn't your average markets. Featuring micro-markets, hidden restaurants and an entire space dedicated to live music, NightQuarter is known for it's tasty food and cool atmosphere, bringing people all over the Coast together in their love of food, music and culture. Step under the fairy lights and explore the stalls hidden between the shipping containers, full of vintage wares, unique clothing pieces and cute souvenirs. Follow your nose and you'll end up down Tapas Street, full of food from all over the world for you to share with friends, or follow your ears and you'll end up in The Paddock, complete with pool tables, two bars and a stage for bands and performers to entertain you all night long! Grab a beanbag, grab a cocktail and settle down for a night of music... Because why not!
Emerald Lakes Twilight Market | The Boulevard Emerald Lakes
When you get to this place, you better be hungry. Known for their gourmet food and crafts, your stomach will be growling as soon as you walk in, with dozens of food vendors to cure everyone's cravings. Dig into burgers, waffles, hotdogs, crepes and pizza, or head on down to their fresh produce area to grab yourself a bag of fresh fruit and veg. There's also plenty of options for the crafty one in the family, so why not make an evening out of it and bring everyone down!
The Design Collective Markets | Various locations
These markets are a little bit more unique... And you'll have to pay attention to find them! Run by a fabulous couple passionate about the Gold Coast, The Design Collective Markets is a mobile market, popping up in various locations all around Coast. Complete with food trucks, vintage treasures and a renovated caravan-turned-stage for live music, The Design Collective Markets can be everywhere from the beaches of Cooly to the top of Mount Tambo, so you better pay attention if you want to find them... And trust us, you do.
BBQ Bazaar | Burleigh Heads
What's more Aussie than a market dedicated entirely to Barbequed everything! Open every weekend, BBQ Bazaar is a true Aussie's dream, with live music, plenty of beer on tap and more Barbequed food than you can poke a fork at. Featuring steak, sausages, skewers, wings, bao and beer, as well as Cocktails and plenty of Vegetarian options for our plant-based friends, it's easy to forget that you've got work on Monday. Sit back and enjoy the music... You've earned it.
Tamborine Mountain Country Markets | Tamborine Showgrounds
Looking to try something different on a Sunday, or just want to get away for a bit? Surround yourself with nature and vintage treasures at the Tamborine Country Markets! Take in the sounds of the birds or enjoy the live music as you wander between the stalls, watching for your next fashionable piece or a cute new trinket for your home. Tamborine Country Markets are also full of bath and self-care products, with plenty of soaps, bath bombs and creams available, so if you've had a tough week you can't go past those. Once you've found all of the treasures you can, find a spot on the grass and enjoy some food from one of their food stalls - With plenty of food available, it's the perfect weekend away!
About the Author
I'm a creative at heart - I love reading, I love writing and I love my social media! I spend the majority of my time sipping coffee and finding the next best cafe, but when I get a second off chances are I'll be brunching at my local or running off to whatever event is on that night! During Summer you can find me sipping coffee and tanning down by Burleigh Beach, and in Winter I'll be skiing the slopes of Perisher or buried under a mountain of blankets with chocolate and a good book.