The underlying pulse of any city often lies within its markets, and Melbourne is no exception. Between the bargains, the haggling, the hawker cries and the hot jam donuts, these seven Melbourne markets are treasure troves where you can support local farmers, artists, and vendors and snatch a deal.
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market | Courtesy: Queen Victoria Market
Covering 17 acres, Queen Victoria Market ‘is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere.’ Shuffle through the Dairy Produce Hall and Meat Hall before the hawker cries lead you out into the Fruit and Veg sheds. The heritage listed market is also the place to pick up souvenirs, giftware and other general goods as well as a hot jam donut. Can’t get there during the day? Visit the Wednesday Night’s the market which comes alive with food stalls, specialty and design stalls and live music. 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC Australia
Showcasing Melbourne’s best art and design talent, The Rose St. Artists’ Market in Fitzroy is the place to go ‘for all things handmade.’ Each Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, you can browse the stalls for weird and wonderful bespoke creations that will have friends and strangers alike asking in envy ‘where did you get that?’ If you’re feeling peckish afterward, head to the market eatery Young Bloods Diner.
Luring treasure hunters with vintage trinkets, knickknacks and hot jam donuts, the Camberwell Market has been a beloved part of the community since 1976. It’s even said to be the place where Kylie Minogue’s stylist found those infamous gold hot pants. Comb through vintage clothes, records, antiques and an array of bric-a-brac every Sunday from 6:30 am to 12:30 pm. Whether you arrive with The Torch Brigade at some ungodly hour or prefer to browse during the day, you won’t leave empty-handed. Market Pl, Camberwell VIC Australia
Since 1970, Melbournians have flocked seaside to peruse St Kilda’s Esplanade Market. Whether you’re after gifts, souvenirs, homewares, jewellery or delicious treats, St Kilda’s Sunday market has something for you. Chat with the artists and craftspeople as you stroll passed more than 140 stalls while enjoying the view of St Kilda Beach.
Renowned for being ‘the food lover’s market,’ The Prahran Market has been a fixture on Commercial Road for over 125 years. Devoted to supplying customers with the highest quality fruit and veg, organic produce and hard to find specialty goods, the market is a must visit for foodies. Whether you’re after handmade pasta, kombucha, southern rock lobster or something unusual from the mushroom man, then drop into Victoria’s premier food market. 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC Australia
Each Saturday, bibliophiles gather within The Atrium at Federation Square to flick through new and pre-loved books at Melbourne’s largest weekly book market. Breathe in the bookish musk of over 5000 titles across a multitude of genres and rub shoulders with book dealers, authors, illustrators and Melbourne’s book buskers. Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC Australia+61 3 9655 1900
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The South Melbourne Market may have more than 145 traders, but over the course of its 150 year history, the self-proclaimed village market has never lost its community spirit. From gourmet goods to locally grown fruit and vegetable, boutique wines, confectioneries and clothing, the vibrant market continues to attract locals looking for a shopping experience coloured by quirky, passionate and knowledgeable vendors. Coventry St & Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC Australia