Back in the day, there were only a handful of gourmet or farmers markets on the Gold Coast. Marina Mirage was one of the best, with gourmet food stalls winding through the downstairs section of the shopping centre, fruit and vegetable markets lining the southern face of the building.
But with the renovations, came changes to the intended market for Mirage and the type of shops housed in the centre. Apart from dining at the restaurants which overlook the Broadwater, many locals began to shop elsewhere, Japanese tourists became fewer in number, Ferry Road and Harbourside Markets were established, and competitive produce markets sprouted up all over the Coast.
It’s good to see the markets reinstalled in this beautiful undercover venue – a determined effort on the part of management to get locals back. We visited on their first day, where the artisan goods took pride of place : breads and other baked goods including gluten-free, handmade pasta and sauces, olive oil, seafood, beautiful gingerbread houses and Christmas goodies, biscuits, cupcakes, eggs, pickles, wine, honey, Backa smallgoods, dips, Chocolates, jams, local cheeses (Nimbin Valley), Greek desserts, with just a sprinkling of vegetable, fruit and flower stalls. It’s almost all goods ‘to go’, rather than a ‘shop and eat’ destination, though there are a couple of cafés downstairs.
The markets will run every Saturday from 7am – 11am. You’ll be surrounded by upmarket shops such as Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger, La Perla, Max and Co., Calvin Klein and Hermes, but don’t expect to shop if you’re there early. Even at 9am, many of the shops surrounding the market stalls were closed, leaving lots of free parking underneath the building.
This will be a beautiful market shopping venue early on a Saturday morning, especially combined with a trip to the trawlers. Now that’s Saturday lunch sorted!
Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Every Saturday 7am – 11am