Shopping is alot more fun when it involves street food, live music and bargains from local producers, designers and creatives.
So we're helping you satisfy all your stall-hopping cravings, with this December roundup of the best markets on the Sunshine Coast.
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 on every Friday night and pulls together some of the best food trucks and stalls from across the Sunshine Coast. A little warning though: The word has spread and the food does sell out, so get here early to beat the crowd.
When: Every Friday, from 4pm to 8pm
Where: 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola
Mill Street Markets
A monthly night market has landed in Nambour and if you haven’t checked it out yet, make November the month to eat your way around it. Packed with stalls and food trucks that are dishing up more street eats than you can poke a fork at, Mill Street Markets kicks off from 4pm.
When: Saturday 28 December, from 4pm to 8pm
Where: 5/7 Mill Street, Nambour
Noosa Junction Twilight Market
Great for a delish and fast feed, this family-friendly market is smack-bang in the middle of Noosa Junction and filled with food stalls and trailers. Keep this market in mind, if a stroll followed by plenty of street eats sounds like your kind of way to end the perfect beach day.
When: Friday 20 December, from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Arcadia Street, Noosa Junction
Noosa Farmers Markets
Everybody has to go to Noosa Farmers Market at least once. Held every Sunday, it brings together ridiculous food and drink stalls, fresh produce, local seafood, honey, and cheeses, plus way, way more. Let it be said though, that this market gets packed. As in super packed. So, wake up with those really annoying noisy birds—you know the ones—and aim to be strolling the aisles just after 7am to beat the rush. Yep, it’s early, but it’s worth it to be able to go at your own pace.
When: Every Sunday from 7am 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. 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: Every Saturday from 7am to 12pm
Where: Kawana Waters State College, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
The real-deal country farmers’ market, 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, a few vintage finds for your home 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. Herbs, natives, palms, indoor plants—you name it, it’s here!
When: Every Saturday 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 plants and, of course, rainbow bagels, we love the no-frills vibe of this weekly gathering.
When: Every Sunday from 6am to 12pm
Where: Corner Fishermans Road and David Low Way, Maroochydore
Peregian Beach Markets
More of a creative’s market than a foodie’s haven, Peregian Beach Markets falls on the first and third Sunday of every month. If you’re still struggling to spend your Christmas money from nan, then make this your new open-air shopping destination. Homewares, fashion, vintage knick-knacks…it’s all here!
When: First and third Sunday of every month from 7am to 12.30pm
Where: Kingfisher Park, Peregian Beach
Caloundra Street Fair
With over 200 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. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking home with an empty wallet, but not an empty stomach.
When: Every Sunday from 8am to 1pm
Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra
A tourist hotspot but still worth the write-up;the iconic Eumundi Markets are only for those that can handle crowds and never-ending lanes of stalls. Need an intermission? Duck across to Humdrum Espresso for a smooth iced coffee or if it’s beer o’clock, a chilly brew at local institution, Imperial Hotel is your best bet.
When: Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 1.30pm and 7am to 2pm respectively
Where: Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Cotton Tree Markets
Drop by Cotton Tree Markets to pick up a gift for that friend who just announced she’s having a last-minute birthday dinner this weekend, or, you know, a gift for yourself. One of the longest running artisan markets on the Sunshine Coast, you’ll be very unlucky to walk away empty-handed.
When: Every Sunday from 7am to 12pm
Where: King Street, Cotton Tree
Slow Women Flea Market
One of our favourite Sunshine Coast markets, Slow Women is the ultimate place to buy beautiful second-hand pieces, to help put a stop to ‘fast fashion’, and instead play a small part in ‘circular fashion’. Take your shopping fund, wear something easy to try things over and be prepared to meet some new smiley faces—because the vibes here, are just pure sunshine.
When: Saturday 7 December, 8am to 10am
Where: Paradise Arcade Courtyard, Arcadia Street, Noosa Junction
Christmas Pottery Market
Ceramic homewares have been wildly popular in 2019 and are sure to be high on most people’s wish lists this Christmas, so you’d be wise to check out the Christmas Pottery Market in Cooroy. Shop a huge range of local pottery for your loved ones and why not pick up a little something-something for yourself too? You deserve it.
When: Saturday 7 December, from 10am to 2pm
Where: Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple Street, Cooroy
Sunshine Coast Collective Markets
Coolum Beach and Alexandra Headland
Popping up in Coolum Beach and Alexandra Headland, the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets are the perfect place to while away a lazy weekend morning. With the Sunshine Coast’s best coffee, foodies, artists, musicians and designers on display, it’s easy to get carried away here.
When: Sunday 8 and 22 December from 8.30am (Coolum Beach) and Saturday 14 December from 7.30am (Alexandra Headland)
Where: Coolum State Primary School, Coolum Beach and Alexandra Headland
Makers Tribe Market
Last-minute Christmas shopping never looked better thanks to the Makers Tribe Market. Popping up in the Whitepepper Homewares courtyard in Caloundra, this is your one-off go-to for beautiful gifts created by local Sunshine Coast creatives. From candles and ceramics, to earrings and aromatherapy, it’s all here.
When: Saturday 14 December, 8.30am to 1pm
Where: Whitepepper Homewares, 26 Bulcock Street, Caloundra
Image credit: Lumea Photo for Urban List | Marcoola Market