If discovering one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures for your pantry, wardrobe and home is your idea of heaven, you’ll love Melbourne markets.
As well as offering a staggering array of cool, stylish and yummy stuff, Melbourne markets are great places for getting the lowdown on the latest looks and street styles. Many also have fantastic live entertainment.
Melbourne Markets – the biggies
Queen Victoria Market Much more than a huge bunch of stalls, historic Vic Market is a feast for the senses and a quintessentially Melbourne experience. Covering two CBD blocks, it’s packed with colour, character, and goodies of all descriptions: fresh produce, gourmet delicacies, fashion, souvenirs, homewares, and heaps more. Open Tuesday & Thursday to Sunday.
Queen Victoria Night Markets are held Wednesdays over summer, with hawker style food stalls and the latest from leading artisans.
Prahran Market A favourite with gourmands and chefs, this famous market will have you salivating from the moment you arrive. A truly spiritual experience for foodies. Tuesday & Thursday to Sunday
Camberwell Sunday Market Stylists and collectors from all over Oz make the pilgrimage to Melbourne’s biggest showcase for second-hand goods. The 370 stalls range from purveyors of vintage collectibles, to grandmas offloading the contents of grandpa’s shed.
Farmers’ Market at Collingwood Children’s Farm Voted Australia’s favourite farmers’ market, this is the one to bring the kids to as it combines shopping for gourmet fare with close encounters with a menagerie of cute farm animals. Second Saturday every month.
Also check out Chinatown Night Market, third Saturday of every month, Melbourne CBD.
Melbourne Markets – Arts, Craft & Design
Here are but a few of the great Melbourne markets offering creative, clever and drool-worthy wares.
Finders Keepers This biannual market is more like a festival, with live music providing the soundtrack to your stall-hopping. Arts, crafts, vintage, secondhand wares and collectibles are up for grabs at bargain prices.
Bend and Snap This indoor market in Melbourne’s CBD features the latest from local textile artists, jewelers, designers, and illustrators. Last Sunday of every month
Rose Street Artist Market Head to groovy Fitzroy on the edge of the CBD to get your hands on all kinds of funky fashions, artworks, and one-off homewares. Every Saturday
Makers’ Market Held indoors at historic Abbotsford Convent, the Makers’ Market is a showcase for highly skilled artists and craftspeople. It also runs demonstrations. Abbotsford, third Sunday of every month
Also check out: Hello Sailor Vintage Fair, last Saturday of the month, Collingwood; Blackbird Market, second Sunday of the month, Collingwood; Coburg Trash & Treasure, Sundays, Coburg; Southside Handmade & Vintage Market, last Saturday of the Month, St Kilda; and Fed Square Book Market, Saturdays in Melbourne CBD; and Doncaster’s excellent Fine Design Market.
See the Melbourne Market Directory for more information.