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5 Brand New Markets To Check Out In Melbourne

By James Shackell
30th Oct 2017


If there’s such a thing as too many markets, Melbourne’s not there yet. And now that we have actual sunlight on weekends, and a temperature less suited to penguins and other Antarctic creatures, hitting up a Sunday market doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

The good news is: they’re multiplying. Over the last few months we’ve seen the rise of a few brand new regular markets: crafty markets, foodie markets and everything in between. Even a couple of new food truck parks to keep things interesting (don’t worry, Welcome to Thornbury, we still love you).

Here are the hottest new markets in Melbourne.


The Social Market


As if Brighton could get any more liveable, right? Well now they’re getting a monthly fashion, homewares and design market, run out of the old Half Moon. It’s called The Social Market—over 25 stalls featuring some of the city’s best independent designers. Expect the usual Pinterest-worthy assortment of hand-made jewellery, vintage fashion, festival wear and home décor including ceramics and terrariums, plus live music and beers from Colonial Brewing Co.

Where: Half Moon, Brighton
When: Launches Sunday 12 November, then the second Sunday of every month.
For more info, click here.  

Brunswick Artists’ Market


Give it up, Brunswick! No you won’t have to schlep to Rose St Artists Market to get your fix of prints, homemade jewellery, textiles, homewares and sculpture. You’re getting an artists’ market of your own: the Brunswick Artists’ Market. 30+ stalls, kids and puppies welcome, and fresh coffee and BBQ from the legends at  Co-Ground Coffee. The first market day just launched last weekend in the old Bridie O’Reilly’s beer garden—keep an eye on the event Facebook page for upcoming market days.

Where: 29 Sydney Rd Brunswick
When: Monthly. The next markets will be on November 26, December 24, January 28, February 25. 
For more info, click here.

Footscray Finds


The inner west hasn’t been a massive mover and shaker on Melbourne’s market scene, which is probably why Footscray Finds has been such a massive hit since it launched in June. Part trash, part treasure, with DJs dogs and food trucks galore, it’s become a staple on Footscray’s social calendar. You can usually pick up a sweet range of fashion, old vinyl, books, and handicrafts, and the community vibes are simply awesome. Our favourite new market of 2017.

Where: Footscray Library Car Park, 56 Paisley Street
When: Third Sunday of every month
For more info, click here.

Food Truck Parks

Ascot Lot

Ascot Vale

One of two new food truck parks in the West, Ascot Lot has popped up on a former caryard—they’ve just replaced rusted-out 1997 Falcons with pastel picnic tables, an indoor bar area and an on-site coffee shop and jaffle bar. Throw in some of the city’s hottest new food trucks and you’ve got the makings of an excellent weekend. The line-up is set to rotate, but you can expect familiar faces like Pole Time, Two Fat Indians, Nuoc Mama’s and Dip’d Gourmet Donuts to be doing the rounds.

Where: 448-466 Mt Alexander Road, Ascot Vale
When: Every weekend
For more info, click here.

West Side Best Side

There’s something in the water out West, because no sooner had we heard of Ascot Lot then West Side Best Side announced its foodie intentions. This one’s the brainchild of entrepreneur Ellie Marin, owner and founder of food trucks  Cornutopia and My Two Mums, and it’s set to be massive. A six-month run, featuring a rotating roster of 80+ trucks, plus cocktail jugs, boutique wines and Pink Lady Cide on tap. Taco Truck, Round the Way Bagels, Beatbox, TOASTA, and Lil’ Nom Noms have all announced they’re keen.

Where: 195 – 197 Geelong Rd, Kingsville
When: Open Fridays from 5pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 12pm
For more info, click here.

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