There’s just something about a market and we challenge you to find a human who wouldn’t rather stock up for the week at an uber-fresh and friendly market, rather than a grocery chain store. This is precisely why we got all the feels when we recently visited Tugun Market Co. Servicing the community from pantry to plate, they specialise in fresh produce, high-quality butcher meats, gourmet foods, health foods, organic products, vegan products, stunning blooms and gorgeous gifty style homewares.
They also have a cafe serving delish Campos coffee with outdoor dining and an area for kids to frolic, and most importantly, there’s a fromagerie. Which is cheese. Which is life. This means it has officially secured a place on our regular shopping itinerary – and trust us, it’ll be on yours too.
With a view to change up the food shopping experience, Tugun Market Co. was created to offer a point of differentiation to the larger supermarkets, delivering a unique and enjoyable food shopping journey. It’s a destination for local produce and products, where you can also stock up on everyday staple groceries, grab a coffee and a bite to eat, and enjoy browsing an amazing range of, well, everything. And we’re proud to report that this space has succeeded on every level, including that iconic wall proclaiming “accidentally went shopping on an empty stomach and now I’m the proud owner of aisle 3” and omg WE CAN RELATE.
Staunch believers that simplicity is always the best option, you’ll get nothing but the absolute best quality here. That goes for the look and feel too, thanks to Alexa Nice (brand and interior), Inspired Built and 77 Architecture with the beautiful white subway-style walls, wooden herringbone-esk floors and modern monochrome accents. Oh and it’s a family business and seriously, is that not the cheese on the cracker because we will eternally embrace the #supportlocal movement.
Speaking of cheese and crackers, this is your one-stop-shop for all your cheese and platter essentials coz seriously, who wants to cook on a Friday night and the answer is absolutely no-one. Their fromagerie is the stuff dreams are made of and we don’t actually know where to look first. While you’re there, do yourself a favour and stock up on their Heavenly Nacho Dip which is guaranteed to get any party started and yes, we speak from experience.
The new butcher section will get carnivores’ hearts a ‘flutter, and may we recommend the Parmesan Entrusted Pork Chops and Rolled Lamb Roast with their tender, juicy flavoursome yumminess. A special shoutout also goes to their Free-Range Roast Chicken coz who doesn’t love a succulent chook (besides our vegetarian and vegan mates who side note, are also well and truly catered to here).
There’s a beautiful spread of gifts and homewares for that perfect last-minute (but-doesn’t-look-last-minute) gift, with everything from dried flowers to photo frames, wooden paddleboards, candles, coasters and basically anything with a beautiful raw, rustic and natural vibe. And by gift, we also mean gifting ourselves coz we’re worth it.
Once you’ve shopped all the fresh fruit, herbs, meat, platter goodies, health foods, organic products and home pretties, strike up a chat with the super friendly staff. They have all the tips, from how to store your herbs to lock in long-term flavour, to the therapeutic qualities in, well, pretty much all their products. And if you’re STILL not sold, these guys support Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with fresh fruit and veg for the rescued wildlife and seriously, if this doesn’t push your buttons, nothing will.
So do yourself a favour and pop into this mecca of all things fresh and fabulous but warning, you will leave with WAY more than what’s on your shopping list. But no judgement, coz we did too.
Where: 499 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun
When: 6am – 8pm Monday – Sunday
Words by Bianca Trathen – Inside Gold Coast