The aroma of coffee and sizzling sausages fills the air as you stroll past stalls, filling your shopping basket with fresh mangoes, navel oranges and ripe bananas. Delicious muffins and sweet treats are too tempting to ignore. But these are only some of the delights you’ll find in most Gold Coast markets.
Markets in the Gold Coast are not just a place to shop and eat. They are the perfect place for a social outing. You can have your eyebrows shaped and your fortune told, or be entertained by a puppet show or a singing minstrel.
Actually, visiting a market is one of the fun things to do with kids on the Gold Coast. So if you’re looking for a place to shop and be entertained, here’s a guide to the best markets on the Gold Coast.
- Gold Coast Markets
- Burleigh Markets
- Broadbeach Markets
- Coolangatta Markets
- Currumbin Markets
- Helensvale Markets
- Surfers Paradise Markets
- More Gold Coast Night Markets
Gold Coast Markets
Check out these Gold Coast markets today to fill up your larder, shop for gifts and treat yourself to something new. Along with this big list of top Gold Coast cafes, you’ll have plenty to do.
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1- Burleigh Farmers Market
Burleigh Farmers Market is at Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads (7 am to noon Saturday).
Bring your shopping bag and fill it up with fresh fruit and vegetables to buy directly from the growers.
Of course, like most Gold Coast markets, there are plenty of yummy delights you can pick on while wandering around.
Choose a scrumptious muffin, a mouthwatering cake or a hot sausage.
Besides fresh fruit and vegetables, Burleigh Farmers market also has stalls selling local arts, crafts, clothes and jewellery.
You’re sure to find something to take home from your visit to Burleigh Farmers Market and even if you’re not planning on buying anything, it’s an entertaining place.
Many of the stall holders at Burleigh Market are creative local designers just getting on their feet.
Keep an eye out for the puppet master who will have the little ones enthralled.
What’s different from other Gold Coast markets is there’s an entire section dedicated to health and wellbeing.
At Burleigh Market, there are stalls selling healthy organic food and natural products as well as free yoga classes for shoppers.
2- The Village Markets
The Village Markets is at Burleigh Heads State School, Burleigh Heads (8.30 am to 1 pm on the first and third Sunday monthly).
Not to be confused with the Burleigh Farmers Market, which is on Saturdays at the same location, The Village Markets is a collaboration of designers, small business owners and creatives.
Looking for a handmade gift or a unique outfit?
These Gold Coast markets are the spot to look for funky fashion, preloved and vintage clothing and there there’s a good selection of homeware stalls.
There’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for at The Village Market in Burleigh and there’s something special about buying straight from the designer.
Of course, like most Gold Coast markets, this one has plenty of food stalls to keep you fuelled for a mega morning of shopping.
3- Burleigh Heads Markets
Burleigh Heads Markets is at Justins Park, off The Esplanade between 1st to 3rd Avenues, Burleigh Heads (8 am to 2 pm on the last Sunday of the month).
The Burleigh Heads Markets is the original Gold Coast market promoting arts and crafts.
This market has been running for over 30 years ago and attracts a loyal following of locals who head to this market to relax, listen to music and pick on delicious home-made treats.
Located on the Ocean Way Path, which provides the perfect place to stroll, Burleigh Heads Markets has a seaside vibe.
4- Broadbeach Markets
Broadbeach Markets is at Kurrawa Park opposite the Oasis Shopping centre (8 am to 2 pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month).
The beachfront location of Broadbeach Markets, next to the Kurrawa Surf Club, makes it an excellent spot to visit.
From handmade toys to leather bags and plenty of locally designed clothing, the Broadbeach market is the place to shop for Australian-made products.
It’s quite a contrast to the Oasis Shopping centre across the road or Pacific Fair, which is within walking distance and offers other things to do on the Gold Coast.
5- Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market
Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market is in the Miami State High School, 2137 – 2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami (6 am to 11.30 am on Sunday).
From fresh “picked yesterday” produce to herbs, gluten-free bread and organic coffee, the Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market is the only market on the Gold Coast where all produce is guaranteed certified organically grown.
Also available are healthy cleaning products, organic cosmetics and healthy lifestyle books.
Sip on a smoothie a fresh juice while wandering around the stalls shopping for home-made jams and chutneys.
The market also has a revolving line up of educational programmes to encourage environmental awareness and natural health practices.
Even pets are catered for, with organic pet foods for sale.
6- Bundall Farmers Market
Bundall Farmers Market is at HOTA, Home of the Arts, Bundall, (6 am to 11.30 am on Sundays).
The paddock to plate concept is represented at the Bundall Farmers Market, where you can stock up on fresh produce straight from the growers.
At this Gold Coast market, you’ll find market stalls packed with fresh vegetables and fruit and you can shop for your entire week’s groceries here.
There are stalls selling all kinds of food including olives, nuts, seafood, cheese and baked goods.
Bundall Farmers Market is in a picturesque location beside Evandale Lake.
7- Carrara Markets
Carrara Market is at Corner Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara (7 am to 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday).
Australia’s largest permanent market is the market to beat all markets.
With more than 400 stalls, Carrara Markets has become a Gold Coast tourist destination and another plus about it is the Carrara Markets opening hours is longer than most other markets.
Think of anything you need and you’ll be able to buy it here, from fresh produce to gardening implements, arts and crafts and just about everything else.
For a fun family outing, Carrara Markets has all-weather mini golf courses, pony rides, an animal farm, bungy trampoline and face painters.
Pick up a free VIP Visitor Wallet for discounts and if you’re catching a flight, this Gold Coast market offers a luggage minding and taxi phone service too.
Carrara Market is also a venue for festivals and events, such as Orchid Wonderland, Chinese New Year (February), the Psychic & Holistic Fair (May), the Carrara Cat Carnival (June) and Classic Car Show (August/September).
8- Coolangatta Markets
Coolangatta Markets is at Queen Elizabeth Park off Marine Parade, Coolangatta (8 am to 2 pm every 2nd Sunday of the month and 4th Sunday in five Sunday months).
The markets are on the beachfront (opposite The Strand Shopping Centre) and close to the Gold Coast Airport.
The location between the beach and shops provides a scenic place to showcase the works of local artisans.
Being close to the border of New South Wales, Coolangatta Markets delivers the best of two states.
It’s a place where food producers and artists from Tweed Heads also come to display their wares.
9- Currumbin Sanctuary Markets
Currumbin Sanctuary Markets is at the corner Tomewin and Teemangum streets, Currumbin (4 pm to 9 pm Fridays).
The Sanctuary Markets is a local meeting place to catch up for a taste of international street food, live music and a browse through the stalls at the Village Green.
10- Palm Beach Farmers Market
Palm Beach Farmers Market is at Currumbin State High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach (6 am to 11.30 am on Saturdays).
Palm Beach Farmers Markets, near Currumbin, is a mid-sized market with about 80 stalls selling a range of food and other knick-knacks.
From fruit and vegetables to gourmet foods you’d expect to see in one of the top Gold Coast cafes or deli to cakes and pastries.
This Gold Coast market is a popular spot for coffee and breakfast under the shade of a Poinciana tree.
11- NightQuarter Markets
Nightquarter Markets is at 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale (4 pm to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday).
There’s a festive atmosphere every weekend at the NightQuarter Markets.
Beneath the shipping container archways are a festival of buskers and street performers who wander around entertaining guests while they eat and shop at stalls housed in shipping containers.
The growing line-up of emerging artists and travelling musicians are turning this Gold Coast market into a mini entertainment precinct.
Food is organised in three “streets” – Tapas Street, Hawker Street and High Street.
Why go to a restaurant when you can book a table on Tapas Street?
Also, check their website for bands and events.
Surfers Paradise Markets
12- Surfers Paradise beachfront markets
The Surfers Paradise Markets are on The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise (4 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).
The famous strip along the beach, The Esplanade, transforms into a vibrant market as the sun goes down.
As it’s smack bang in a location that attracts tourists, naturally this Gold Coast market has its fair share of souvenirs and trinkets for sale.
There are 100 stalls and live entertainment, so wandering around the Surfers Paradise night markets is an activity to put on your to-do list while visiting the Gold Coast.
More Gold Coast Night Markets
13- Chinatown Street Markets
Chinatown Street Markets is on Young and Davenport Streets, Southport (5 pm to 9 pm on the 1st Saturday of every month).
Hankering for satay, spring rolls or sushi?
Soak up the atmosphere and culture at the Gold Coast’s Chinatown Street Market, where you can watch a delicious Chinese, Thai, Japanese or Malaysian meal being prepared for you.
Turn up around Chinese New Year and you’re likely to be surprised by an energetic lion dance.
14- Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets
Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets is at The Boulevard, Carrara (3 pm to 7 pm every Thursday).
This dog-friendly market is the spot to bring your four-legged friend for a walk around the lake while you do a spot of night market shopping.
And don’t bother to cook dinner, as the food stalls in Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets serve up a cornucopia of delights from pizza to Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, India and Greek.
You’ll find unique things, like bamboo watches, crystal jewellery and cute outfits for the kids.
15- Miami Marketta Street Food
Miami Marketta Street Food Market is at 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami (5 pm to 11 pm on Friday/ 4 pm to 11 pm on Saturday/ 5 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday).
This Gold Coast street food market is a happening affair three times a week, with a range of international fare.
The menus read like a United Nations buffet and include food from France, Turkey, Mexico, India, Thailand, Brazil, Japan, Germany and other places around the world.
Vegetarian and vegans will love the range of choices and most of the food is healthy and delicious.
Linger at the over a cocktail, craft beer or wine in The Cargo Bar and Marketta Cafe while you tap your feet to the beat of the jazz band.
For more market information go here.
If you enjoy shopping in markets, you may want to check out the Kuranda Markets in Tropical North Queensland.