Walking through Coles the otherday, with the patrons pushing and shoving to get their hands on aged and over-priced produce all I could think was “Why am I here?”. Funnily enough (or not so funnily considering my growing frustration) my battle for inferior groceries was completely unnecessary. The Gold Coast has a blooming array of markets that cater to every craving – whether it be fresh food, handcrafted clothing, flourishing flowers and local arts. Last Ssaturday I wandered on down to the Village Markets in Burleigh and was soothed by the wide array of beautiful offerings and friendly faces. From the fresh juices at Tonic Juice Co. to the gorgeous recycled finds at My Vintage Store the Village Markets was a great way to spend a sunny Saturday morning!
If food is your fancy you have multiple options, from the weekly Farmers Market in Miami, to the fortnightly Mudgereeba Farmers Markets; and lets not forget the Miami Marketta Street Food, held at Rabbit & Cocoon, which blends locally made internationally flavoured eats with great music. Whatever takes your fancy, there is a market on the Gold Coast that is just waiting to be enjoyed!
If fashion or arts and crafts are more to your liking you cannot afford to miss the Monaco Markets in Broadbeach. As you meander through the handcrafted jewellry, second-hand clothing and local art stalls you could be forgiven for mistakenly thinking you were walking through the bazarrs of a festival – with the breathtaking vista of the beach just a stones throw away. Or you could head a little more inland and stop in at the Carrara Markets, which is essentially a shopping centre with a market feel. You can genuinely buy anything there, from sunglasses to sunflowers, while soaking up the sunshine.
One thing I know is that with such a wonderful array of produce, products and people to explore I will definitely be able to avoid the frantic feror and shop fresh! For more information on markets on the Gold Coast go to http://www.gcparks.com.au/activities.aspx?page=40