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Best night markets on the Gold Coast
Emily Toxward | December 8, 2021
Phenomenal fare and drool-worthy desserts aren’t the only delights luring locals and visitors to the Gold Coast’s burgeoning night market scene.
These twilight gatherings reflect the city’s unique and contemporary vibe by serving up a culturally-diverse atmosphere that’s buzzing with live music and free entertainment.
These hugely popular alfresco gatherings are fast becoming the venues of choice for families wanting a night out with friends all while listening to great music, tantalising their taste buds and exposing their kids to the Gold Coast’s growing creative culture.
HERE ARE 5 OF THE BEST NIGHT MARKETS ON THE GOLD COAST
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights
Three nights a week, Miami Marketta comes alive with a laneway dining experience with vendors of all nationalities all in one insta-worthy space. Throw in an electric family-friendly vibe, live music, multiple cocktail bars, a dessert hall and fashion stalls and you’re looking at the perfect night out. Just 10 minutes from Broadbeach and 5 minutes from Burleigh, this venue attracts people of all ages and stages, especially mums and dads looking for a night out at a venue where children are welcome. Miami Marketta is also one of the Gold Coast’s premier gig venues for national and international touring acts. If you’re looking to spruce up your week – grab some goodies at the market stalls, and head into a paint and sip session, drag queen bingo, or a macramé wall hanger workshop.
Prominently placed next to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the southern end of the Gold Coast, this free market pops up on a Friday afternoon and offers 28 different types of fare and sprinkling of craft stalls. Plenty of free off-street parking until 9pm, live music and undercover eating areas ensures a stress-free night out under the stars. Run by veteran market conveners Terri and Kerry Askew, the Sanctuary Markets serve up Burleigh beers, Sirromet wines and a variety of international foods such as Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Brazilian, Turkish, Venezuelan, South African and Chilean. It also features a fresh produce market specialising in Asian greens and Australian Seafood.
BBQ BAZAAR BURLEIGH
Friday, Saturday and some Sunday nights
A unique offering smack bang in the middle of a Burleigh Heads industrial estate, BBQ Bazaar is a night market dedicated to barbecued, smoked, and charcoal-cooked eats. Featuring around 20 market stalls, BBQ Bazaar specialises in everything from smokey short ribs, spicy wings, juicy steaks and mouth-watering brisket. Vegos can surprisingly rejoice too – with meat-free options scattered across the market in the form of poke bowls, baos, and burgers. With a focus on music that people can relate to, as well as original sounds to help support the local live music scene, BBQ Bazaar will get you rockin’ in your seat from Friday to Sunday. Formerly a heavy machinery workshop, the venue is a foodie’s paradise that offers free and ticketed events.
THE EMERALD LAKES TWILIGHT MARKET
Showcasing fine food inspired by tastes from across the globe, these markets operate on The Boulevard of the Emerald Lakes complex, behind Emmanuel College in Birmingham Road. As well as selling fresh local produce and boutique arts and crafts, this market is fast becoming ‘the’ place for locals to meet on a Thursday to enjoy the live entertainment and international cuisine. Originally more of a farmer’s market, the Emerald Lakes Twilight Market has grown to become a complete alfresco gourmet shopping experience with an international ambience. Homemade crafts as well as Australian and New Zealand seafood, grain fed and hormone-free meats and free-range eggs are on offer.
‘Bread of Evan’ is a boutique Bakery specialising in Sourdough (photo: @emeraldlakesmarket)
Dumplings from Dumpling Masters (photo: @emeraldlakesmarket)
Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets
SURFERS PARADISE BEACHFRONT MARKETS
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
The twilight markets located on the Esplanade at the end of Cavill Mall operate all year round. Take in the gentle ocean breeze as you walk along the foreshore of the popular tourist precinct. Discover over 100 market stalls and witness local talented artisans-at-work, or take part in many of the attractions. Get your hands on homemade desserts, hand-made fashion and accessories or even personalised treasures. Whether you’re a local or holiday-maker, there is something for everyone at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets.
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