Street Food Feasts & Fiestas
The Best Of Gold Coast Night Markets
Chow down on some top quality nosh with these night-market marvels. Sprinkled all over the coast these magical evenings are a feast for the senses.
Fairy lights hang overhead like stars, murals adorn the walls and even the toilets are collaged with art, poetry and pictures that could keep us entertained forever. Yes, folks, it’s the Miami Marketta, serving us a juicy platter of street food from around the world every Friday and Saturday evening. Their resident internet radio station, Rabbit Radio, organises musical acts from around the country to entertain, while crowds sip craft beers, socialise and dance their pants off. Tapas Club held every Wednesday means that there is no need to wait all week for our Marketta fix. With undercover seating for 450 and a great cultural community the Miami Marketta is a hub of delicious activity.
Night Quarter at Helensvale
One of the newer additions to the Gold Coast night market family, The Night Quarter at Helensvale has taken off with a bang. This buzzing new hot-spot is open from 4-10 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and features food, fashions and music. With 120 stalls, over half of which are food there is something for every type of tastebud. Menus from all over the world are complimented with bars featuring craft beers and home grown wines. Local designers have an opportunity to share their wares on High St, where small shipping containers make an avenue of pop-up shops. Live entertainment includes local acts as well as bands visiting the Coast as part of their national tours.
Currumbin Sanctuary markets
Dine amongst the flora and fauna at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary markets. Held every Friday night this is a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere with a range of food trucks and stalls that rotate every week. This is a great option for those after-work Friday evenings when deciding on a restaurant between friends is a decision tug-of-war. Come here and everyone’s happy. There are a range of craft beers from the Burleigh Brewing Co. available at the bar and be sure to try one of the delicious woodfired pizzas – they are to die for!
Beach Front Markets Surfers Paradise
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are a great opportunity to enjoy an after dinner stroll and check out the offerings from local artists. As the name suggests these are held right on the Surfers boardwalk and feature arts and crafts, gifts, mementos, toys, clothes and jewellery. There are a great range of activities for kids, including snake handling and customisable ‘make your own’ pieces such as candles made from wax castings of your hand. A great place for those on holiday to grab a few gifts to bring back home while supporting local businesses. The Beach Front Markets are on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights.
Mudgeeraba Sunset Markets
The Mudgeeraba Sunset Market’s motto is to ‘enjoy the weekend- shop Friday’ but we can assure you that shopping here is a pleasurable activity in itself. Although there are many dining options at the Sunset Markets the main focus is on fresh local produce; meats, groceries, fruit and veg and organic breads. There is also a great range of arts and crafts and local entertainment and live acts. Held at the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds from 4-9pm on Fridays this is a great way to get the weekend started right.
Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets
If you can’t wait until Friday and Saturday nights to get your night market fix then the Emerald Lakes Twilight Markets at Carrara is the answer to your market-place prayers. Held every Thursday night from 3-7pm this is the only pet-friendly market on the Gold Coast, so bring your Rover or your Rex and enjoy a meal together under the stars. As well as providing a range of hot foods, the Emerald Lakes Markets are a great place to grab your weekly groceries and support local farmers and producers. Some of the specialities include fresh seafood, free-range eggs, baked goods and locally made honeys.
About the Author
Currently completing my Bachelor of Communication, I’m a boot-wearing, live-music-lovin’, two-headed Tasmanian living on the Gold Coast. One of my heads enjoys writing, the other loves art. Together they spend their days listening to ‘Electric Avenue’ by Eddy Grant, doing crosswords and drinking red wine.