Carrara Markets, Carrara

2.9
A bustling, animated complex of colorful stalls full of equally colorful produce, Carrara Markets has something for everyone, whether it be fresh food, kitschy knick-knacks, or books. The tightly-packed "streets" of the markets heave with shoppers in search of a bargain, so if browsing for a great deal is your thing, then Carrara Markets might just be for you. Put Carrara Markets into our Gold Coast visit planning app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Extremely Quiet. First and last time I will trade here. Also fellow marketstall holders are very unwelcoming.  more »
  • Wouldn't go again. Nothing interested me apart from the plants(Paul's I think) they were great & most reasonablely priced.  more »
  • Have been here a few times over the last 10 years. The crowd was betty sparse this time. That actually made it much easier to get around and get served. We ate very happy as we purchased a beautiful m...  more »
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  • As long as you can find a carpark, you will have a wonderful time exploring the markets. Everything from fresh produce, the perfect book, to wearable gifts and the best breakfast or lunch. There is an ATM on site, parking is free, entry is free. A kid's petting zoo on site. There really is something for everyone in the family.
  • Lots and lots of stalls - apparently over 300. It was very quiet at 7.30 this morning (mid March - outside of tourist season). Busier now at 9.30 but not crowded. Lots of food and coffee options. Stalls are very varied. Some stalls are undercover and all are permanent structures (not gazebos). Had a very nice Tasmanian scallop pie for lunch. Yum.
  • Try to go here about once a minth on a Sunday. Getting a bit like shopping centres now. Still some good bargains, if you have a keen eye. Good parking. The management is upgrading all the stalls & I hear all the rents are going up, so shop owners are leaving in droves. What a shame; they don't see the overall picture. Competition from shopping centres will keep people away, of coarse. Anyway, a good tourist trap.
  • Carrara Markets is a great place to visit for locals and tourists alike. With many a store to browse and offerings of bargains galore, there is nothing but happiness to be had at this famous place in the centre of Gold Coast life. From women's fashions to tools, from nick-knacks to artistry, anyone from a writer to a carpenter, a painter to a budget-conscious fashionista will enjoy their time here. Open on weekends from 7am to 3pm, stroll through and open a conversation with the proprietors. Their bound to welcome you with open arms.
  • Unfortunately this is going nowhere fast. The fruit and veggies are still worth a visit but the rest has lost its vibrancy and diversity. Lots of Chinese imported stuff..not somewhere where you can find a hidden treasure anymore. And the loos....
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