Food & Drink

Shop And Eat Local At The Best Sunshine Coast Markets Open This Weekend

By Claire Plush
21st May 2020

A spread of Vietnamese street food, including spring rolls and dipping sauces.

If there was ever a time to shop local, it's now. While there might still be empty shelves at the supermarkets, plenty of the Sunshine Coast’s local growers, producers and makers are at the markets, ready to fill your fridge and pantry with the freshest produce you can buy. Plus, some of our favourite night markets have also fired back up their stalls.

So, get outside, keep to social-distancing rules and head to one of the Sunshine Coast’s best markets this weekend. 

Night Markets

Marcoola Market


It’s a Friday night and you’ve got no desire to cook dinner. But you’ve only got $20 in the kitty, so heading to your fave sit-down restaurant is a total stretch. We’ve got two words for you—Marcoola Market. This gem, right in the heart of town, is back in business for your Friday night takeaway needs with six stalls setting up this week. Feast on burgers, Mexican, doughnuts, seafood, Japanese or Italian—the choice is yours!
When: Friday 22 May, from 4pm to 8pm
Where: 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola

Produce Markets

Noosa Farmers Markets


Everybody has to go to Noosa Farmers Market at least once. Still being held every Sunday through the covid-19 pandemic, it brings together ridiculous food and drink stalls, fresh produce, local seafood, honey, and cheeses, plus way more. So, wake up with those really annoying noisy birds—you know the ones—and aim to be strolling the aisles just after 6am to beat the rush. Yep, it’s early, but it’s worth it to be able to go at your own pace. 
When: Sunday 24 May, from 6am to 12pm
Where: Weyba Road, Noosaville

Kawana Waters Artisans & Farmers Market


If you like your markets minus the hipsterness, Kawana Waters Market is as down to earth as they come. Still being held every Saturday at Kawana Waters State College, we suggest hitting a coffee stall for a steaming brew before filling up your netted bags with fresh produce, creamy cheeses and everything picnic-worthy. Then, use this hidden picnic spot list to find the perfect place to lay down your rug and brunch.
When: Saturday 23 May, from 6am to 12pm
Where: Kawana Waters State College, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina

Yandina Markets


The real-deal country farmers market on the Sunshine Coast, Yandina is one of our faves to hit on a Saturday morning. Rock up with a bit of cash and you’ll leave with armfuls of super fresh spray-free produce and a hefty parcel of local meat. If this weekly market is known for one thing though, it’s got to be their plant stalls and as of this week, they'll be popping up once again. Herbs, natives, palms, indoor plants—you name it, it’s here!
When: Saturday 23 May, from 6am to 12pm
Where: North Street, Yandina

Fishermans Road Markets


An oldie but a goodie, this Maroochydore market has everything you need—and plenty you don’t, but you’ll want anyway. From fresh fruit and veg to takeaway feeds and fresh blooms to take to mum's this Mother's Day, we love the no-frills vibe of this weekly gathering.
When: Sunday 24 May, from 6am to 12pm
Where: Corner Fishermans Road and David Low Way, Maroochydore

Lifestyle Markets 

Caloundra Street Fair


With loads stalls, live music, locally-made products and food stalls that are perfect for that Sunday hangover brekkie, the Caloundra Street Fair is one of the best street markets on the Sunshine Coast. Re-launching this weekend, the   Caloundra market will feature a new layout enabling free flowing movement in line with social distancing requirements.
When: Sunday 24 May, from 8am to 1pm
Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra

Sunshine Coast Collective Markets


While they're not exactly open at their Coolum or Alexandra Headland locations in the physical sense, the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets have just launched an online marketplace. So while you're missing strolling their laneways in the sunshine, fill that temporary void with a virtual browse of all your favourite stalls. 
When: Anytime
Where: Sunshine Coast Collective Marketplace

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie for Urban List

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