The round-up: avoid supermarket mayhem and support local delis, fresh-food markets and international grocers
Right now, supermarkets are really not the most enjoyable place to be. If you’re in need of essentials, perhaps look beyond the giant chains and spend your money with small local businesses at a time when they need it most. The Gold Coast has a large stable of international grocers, delis, Asian supermarkets and fresh-food markets that are open and well stocked so you can duck in and grab what you need to get you through.
Yuen’s, Mermaid Waters: Here you’ll find a wide range of top-quality fresh fruit and vegetables, along with all of your pantry essentials and deli items. From chips and condiments to bread, cheese and milk, Yuen’s is jammed packed with goodness for your pantry and fridge.
The Standard Market Company, Southport: Fresh fruit and vegetables, a butcher and deli – the Ferry Road market has all you need under one roof. Plus, there’s take-home meals like frozen pizza and fresh pasta in the deli, frozen pies and lasagne at the butcher, as well as whole chickens and plenty of condiments for home.
Gold Coast Growers Market, Mermaid Beach: Enjoying prime position along the Gold Coast Highway, this fresh-food market has been a long-standing fixture for locals in Mermaid Beach and beyond. There’s a colourful offering of fresh fruit and vegetables on offer, with stocks replenished across the day. You’ll also find pantry goods, deli items, beverages, snacks and more. You’ll easily be able to tick everything off the shopping list here.
The Greener Grocer, Isle of Capri: This neighbourhood grocer is stocked with extensive lines of fresh produce and everyday supermarket items, and aims to support mainly local farmers and producers with a wide range of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and deli items on its shelves. Located in Capri on Via Roma precinct, it’s a handy spot to cover off all of your to-dos (like grabbing takeaway for dinner from one of the on-site restaurants).
Ming Mei Asian Supermarket, Robina: This popular supermarket has an extensive offering of specialty Asian grocery items, pantry essentials, condiments, sweets, fresh and frozen meats and produce, plus a range of fresh noodles, herbs, cold drinks, packaged foods and more. Keen to cook up a wholesome ramen from home? You’ll find everything you need here.
Tugun Fruit & Flowers, Tugun: This neighbourhood gem stocks quality fresh fruit and vegetables, offering a range of products from local, national and international growers. It’s also a juice bar and is known for slinging some of the best acai bowls in town! You can even grab a bunch of flowers to brighten up someone’s day (or yours) while you’re there.
Sunlit Asian Supermarket, Broadbeach: Joining other Sunlit locations across Brisbane, the Pacific Fair iteration is lined with all of your must-have Asian pantry items, from sauces and spices to noodles, snacks, perishables and fresh produce.
Exotic Asian Groceries, Mermaid Beach: For 25 years this long-standing Asian supermarket has been supplying locals with authentic and hard-to-get Asian grocery items, pantry goods and products from its mammoth store along the Gold Coast Highway. Tackling a recipe with unique ingredients? Go here (and go you for cooking up a storm!).
Manolas Bros, Isle of Capri: From hard and soft cheeses to colourful antipasti and the charcuterie cabinet of your dreams, Manolas Bros is a go-to for all of your Greek and Italian-style deli needs. Grab a basket and take your time to browse the cabinets and grocery shelves – you won’t leave empty handed.
Earth Markets, Robina: Taking inspiration from European fresh-food markets, Earth Markets at Robina is a one-stop-shop for farm-fresh local produce, pantry items, cooking necessities and so much more. The open-style market features a wide variety of in-season organic produce, continental groceries, artisan products and plenty of gluten-free foods – essentially, you’ll find everything you need for your pantry and fridge.
Mount Lebanon Deli, Nobby Beach: While it’s known for its top-notch on-the-go Middle Eastern food (hello there, falafel wraps) and extensive offering of pantry items, the longstanding Mt Lebanon also features a tasty deli selection of sliced-to-order cheeses, cured meats, house-made dips, olives by the tub, dolmades, cabbage rolls and more.
Barbosa Fine Food Deli, Robina: Enjoying prime position right in the thick of the action in The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre, Barbosa has become a local hotspot for cheeses, deli meats, fresh bread and hard-to-get international grocery items. Choose from the cabinet of pre-portioned cheeses and meats, or go nuts and get your hams, salami and more sliced to order straight from the cabinet.
Ambarella Fine Foods, Burleigh Waters: Alongside its cafe, fresh-produce section, butcher and bakery, Ambarella also features a dedicated deli with side selection of cheeses, sliced-to-order cured meats, fresh dips, antipasto products from around the world. There’s also pantry essentials like quality oils and vinegars, Swiss chocolate, pastas and more to fill your trolley with.
You can find more spots over in our round-up of the Gold Coast’s best delis!
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